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Friday, July 1, 2011

Capitals Sign Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward

As first reported by TSN's Gord Miller, the Washington Capitals have signed free agent defenseman Roman Hamrlik and free agent winger Joel Ward.  Hamrlik has been signed for two years, $7 million, while Ward has signed for four years, $12 million.
These deals are both way too much money. Hamrlik is old, 37, and the Caps have several aging and injured defensemen as it is.  He played in 79 games last year for the Habs, scoring five goals and adding 29 assists.  He's serviceable, but he is only going to get worse and 3.5 million dollars per year is far too steep.  Ward, on the other hand, is 30 years old and is cashing in on a playoffs for the Nashville Predators that saw him score 13 points (seven goals) in 12 games.  He played in 80 games last year and scored ten goals and 29 points.  These are the kinds of deals that I hate, giving players alot of money based on the playoffs.  Not smart.

Where does the money for Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer come from now?

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