The New York Rangers tenure of Roman Hamrlik is off to a rough start. After being claimed off waivers from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, the defenseman played two games and didn’t exactly impress coach John Tortorella.
Hamrlik was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game at the Washington Capitals. Asked for his early impressions of the 38-year-old, Tortorella said: “I don’t have any. I haven’t seen him enough.”
Hamrlik played 15:48 in his Rangers debut Thursday, then 7:29 in his second game Friday. His being scratched Sunday is a matter of conditioning.
“He’s not in shape, yeah. He needs work,” Tortorella said. “Especially, this will be our third game in less than four days. We need to try to help him as far as his conditioning and then we’ll see where we go from there.”
Matt Gilroy was back in New York’s lineup in place of Hamrlik. Defenseman Marc Staal is out indefinitely after taking a puck to the right eye Tuesday.