Between being a healthy scratch tonight, and the comments he made to reporters about it, it may not be a huge leap to suggest that Roman Hamrlik’s relationship with Dale Hunter and the Washington Capitals is becoming somewhat toxic.

Hamrlik is apparently going to be healthy scratched tonight for a bad penalty he took in the previous game, and the irony of Dale Hunter punishing someone for bad penalties was not lost on the Caps blueliner.

From the Caps beat reporter from 106.7 The FAN:


Ahhhh, easy now.

Hamrlik has some set of stones taking a little potshot at Hunter (if you perceive it as that, which I do) for two reasons.

First off, coaching has always been “Do as I say, not as I do.” They’re free to learn from past mistakes and physical shortcomings to guide others. It’s long been said that Tiger Woods swing coach of old, Butch Harmon, has never broken 80 in his life.

Secondly, Hamrlik is a mediocre-to-sub-mediocre defender who’s making 3.5 mill for each of the next two seasons, so he’s going to be extremely difficult to trade. That means he’s going to be stuck on a team with a coach who hates him, which is about as fun as living with your ex-wife.

We’ll keep our eyes on this situation going forward. If I could just get Bodog to give me gambling odds on “Will Roman Hamrlik and Dale Hunter both be employed by the Washington Capitals at the start of the 2012-2013 season,” I’d sell my car to pour money on the “No.”


(For more on the Hamrlik situation, check out Chuck Gormley’s full piece “Hamrlik questions Hunter.”) 

Comments (7)

  1. dale hunter will be back next year, the caps will atleast give him the chance to start fresh from training camp with these guys. You cant keep making coaching changes, eventually, there going to have to make a drastic trade, Hunter is a good coach, and was a star player for the Caps, they will atleast do that for him.

  2. Benching him isn’t so bad. I mean Hunter could have run him in to the boards after scoring a goal in practice.

  3. Pot Kettle Black! I love it. As an Islander fan, I love seeing Hunter fail.
    But on a serious note, wasn’t the problem with Boudreau that the inmates were running the nut house. It doesn’t seem like changing the coach made any difference.

  4. Sad to say, it’s time for Ovi to head to the western conference. Leonsis will have to come around, but that’s the key, IMHO.

  5. Hamrlik has 1 more year at 3.5M $. We will take him back in Montreal if Was take Kaberle.

  6. I’m with Justin on Dale not being back next year–not at this rate, anyway. It’s been clear from early on that he’s got a 1-year deal and his junior team and family farm awaiting him should this not work out. And it’s pretty clear from my perspective–a Caps “fan” mostly by dint of geography–that it’s not working out. This Hamrlik episode is another rumbling of the type that began surfacing when the water started boiling around Boudreau. Incidentally, he got the same deal as Hunter when he started. But I don’t think sneaking into the playoffs is going to cut it for hockey’s Dirty Dale. Turning a corner is still a possibility, but that corner is getting sharper every week. Lot of negative mojo on this team right now, and our recent losses have been of the ugly variety. Hell, Bourne could start a Caps-centric Systems Analyst and never have to worry about finding material. So if a change is going to happen for this team, the catalyst has yet to surface. Obviously it’s not Greenie!
    (also, Curt–hilarious!)

  7. For anyone interested, here are two eloquent, thoughtful posts on the current state of the Caps’ misery from a looongtime fan and author of the excellent, Caps-focused On Frozen Blog. Worthy reads, in my view.

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