The Washington Times - January 11, 2013, 01:27PM

Roman Hamrlik angered many within the NHLPA in November with his comments about the lockout and how players should accept a deal and start playing. Washington Capitals teammate Troy Brouwer wasn’t the least bit happy with Hamrlik or goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who agreed with the sentiment and said the lockout was about the stars.

“I think when we get back into the dressing room, those guys are going to have to show us that we can trust them and we can rely on them because they’re the only ones that have gone and betrayed us in speaking out like they did,” Brouwer said the day after Thanksgiving.


Hamrlik returned to the area and skated with Brouwer and Caps teammates on Friday. Both players said the issue was over after having a discussion.

“I said what I had to say. It’s past. I’m looking forward. And there was so many different opinions on that. Everybody was frustrated. I think I was the most frustrated guy,” Hamrlik said. “I was going through third lockout and I don’t really want to talk about it, but I’m here to play hockey right now and focus on having a good season with the Capitals.”

Hamrlik told a Czech news agency in November that Donald Fehr should not remain as NHLPA executive director if the season is lost and that players should sign something so that they can get back onto the ice.

The 38-year-old defenseman had been skating in Montreal, but he cleared the air with Brouwer upon arriving.

“It hasn’t been bad. We both know that words that were said back then, it doesn’t really reflect [that] he’s still my friend, he’s still my teammate we came in, we had a good chat today,” Brouwer said. “We were just angry because the comments were ill-timed and we thought it was going to set the process back quite a bit by those comments and making it seem like the union was segregated. But it didn’t look like it mattered anyway. We still have to deal with each other on a day-to-day basis and right now there’s no ill feelings toward each other.”

Hamrlik called Brouwer “one of the

“I had a chance to play with him last year, he’s one of the bets guy on the team. He’s a great teammate. We talked and we chat on the phone. And it’s no problem. He’s my teammate and I wouldn’t say anything bad about anybody.”

Neuvirth apologized for his comments.

Brouwer was more frustrated that Hamrlik and Neuvirth spoke up at a bad time.

“At that time we thought we were making some progress, that we were getting closer to a deal and any weakness is obviously going to be perceived by the owners as maybe they’re splitting us and maybe the offers will get worse and the process will take even longer,” he said. “That’s more of what it was, the frustration of not being able to play hockey, not being able to do what we love and hoping that it wasn’t going to prolong the process.”

But it’s in the past, both players said, and not affecting the team now.

“You can’t let it affect you, especially with a shortened season right now. You can’t hold grudges and you cant have little high school grudge matches against each other,” Brouwer said. “It’s in the past, we aren’t worried about it anymore and we’re looking forward, we’re excited about this season and we have to play on the same team and we like where our team is right now.”