CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Roman Hamrlik
Roman HamrlikPosition: Defense
HtWt: 6-2, 206
Penalty Minutes: 34
Average Ice Time: 19:13
Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, 7 million contract 3.5 million cap hit in 2012-13
Strengths: A positionally sound defenseman, Hamrlik finished second behind John Carlson with 149 blocked shots 37 in the playoffs and proved to be the perfect defense partner for Mike Green down the stretch and in the playoffs. Hamrlik had the worst offensive season of his career but was reliable in his own end plus-11 and ate up lots of minutes.
Weaknesses: For a big man his age, Hamrlik has been remarkably durable in his career but is prone to getting beat one-on-one by speedier forwards. He spent much of February and early March in Dale Hunters doghouse, sitting out 10 games in a 13-game stretch.
Memorable Moment on the ice: Thirty-eight seconds after the Rangers took a 2-0 lead in Game 7 of the conference semifinals, Hamrlik breathed life into the Capitals by scoring his first goal of the playoffs. His point shot sailed high over Henrik Lundqvists shoulder and gave the Caps a chance. But the Rangers held on and the Caps were left to wonder what might have been.
Memorable Moment off the ice: After getting scratched from the lineup for taking a penalty in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Hamrlik took aim at Hunter, who ranks second on the NHLs all-time penalty list 3,565. You should ask him about the penalties because when he played I think he make lots of penalties himself, Hamrlik said. He should know better. This is a game and guys play with emotion. I know I took a bad penalty, but if that's the reason I didn't play that's his decision.
2012-13 Expectations: If he is paired with Mike Green again next season, Hamrlik should be able to double his offensive totals from this season. If the Capitals acquire a No. 4 defenseman to play with Green Hamrlik could serve as a steady fifth defenseman with up-and-comer Dmitry Orlov.
Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?
In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
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Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday.
These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.
“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone. “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”
“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”
Some of the other improvement announced were:
- Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
- Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
- Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
- Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
- A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games
- A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington
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