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In the fourth spot in the countdown are Islanders defensemen. A lot of them. 16 players in all have worn the number and 15 of them are defenders, with nine of those defenders wearing the number for multiple years. Steven, Resident Historian, fills us in on the first few important players to wear #4:[sny-box]Jean Potvin was obtained in 1973 to entice Denis Potvin not to sign with the WHA. He was half of an all-Potvin power play defense that scored on nearly 32% of its chances in 1975-76. Their 31.7% was just a hair below the record 31.9% set by the Canadiens two years later.Next came Bob Lorimer, much more of a defensive defenseman. But as with many Islanders defensemen of the dynasty era, he had a big offensive moment. In the 1980 semi-finals against the Sabres, the Islanders had gone up 3 games to 0, then lost two straight. Game 6 was at home, and the Islanders quickly fell behind 2-0. We fans were very nervous - after two straight playoff chokes, we were afraid another was coming. But the Islanders scored five straight goals to win it and go to the Final for the first time. And the game winner was the only goal Lorimer scored in that year's playoffs.Paul Boutilier and Gerald Diduck followed, Boutilier did just enough as a rookie in 1982-83 to get his name on the Cup, but neither stood out.Uwe Krupp was on two Islanders playoff teams in the mid-90s, but his biggest Islanders moment came when he was on the Sabres in 1990. He scored an overtime goal in the final game of the season to beat the Penguins and put the Islanders in the playoffs - and cost them Jaromir Jagr, whom the Penguins chose with the fifth pick in the next draft. The Islanders, picking sixth, chose Scott Scissons, who played 2 NHL games and was the only player in the top 8 of that draft not to play at least 900 NHL games.[/sny-box]After Krupp, Bryan McCabe would pick up the number in 1996. He was selected in the second round in 1993 and would make the big club in 1995-96 at age 20. Two solid years later he was named captain as the successor to Pat Flatley. But in true Mike Milbury fashion, the GM would TRADE HIS 22-YEAR OLD DEFENDER JUST-NAMED-CAPTAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON. [sny-box]...McCabe was "shocked." He never figured the Isles would trade him after naming him captain. "I guess I'm stupid to think like that," said McCabe, 22. "But I figured I was just named captain so I'd stick around for awhile.[/sny-box]The trade was McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi and a third rounder for Linden and it paid dividends for years for the Canucks. Seriously, those three pieces all played roles in Brian Burke's ability to draft both Sedins, acquire Roberto Luongo from Florida and re-acquire Trevor Linden. This is worth a read, if you're interested. But anyway, another young defender Milbury would ship out would next wear #4. Eric Brewer, taken fifth in 1997 when the Isles had the fourth and fifth picks, would play 89 games on Long Island before being shipped to Edmonton for the next player to wear #4... ...Roman Hamrlik in what was actually a good trade for Milbury. Milbury paid a steep price for Hamrlik (Green, Brewer and a 2nd) but Hamrlik was part of the Islanders resurgence in the early 2000s. He spent four seasons on Long Island, three of them ending in a playoff appearance, which is a probably some kind of a record for post-dynasty Islanders. 4Jean Potvin (1973-1978)Jim Mair (1973)Bob Lorimer (1977-1981)Paul Boutilier (1982-1986)Gerald Diduck (1987-1990)Bill Berg (1991)Uwe Krupp (1992-1994)Bryan McCabe (1996-1998)Eric Brewer (1999-2000)Roman Hamrlik (2001-2004)Joel Bouchard (2006)Bryan Berard (2008)Brett Skinner (2009)Mark Flood (2010)Mark Eaton (2011-2012)Radek Martinek (2013)
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In a chat with Felix Seguin of RDS, former Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik is still hoping for a chance to play in the NHL this season.

He says that last season, when he was claimed on waivers by the Rangers, was tough for him but that only playing 16 games should leave him fresher for this season.

Hamrlik is a UFA who had a cap hit of $3.5 million. He played 12 games for the Rangers in the regular season season and two in the playoffs.

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Yesterday, in the NY Post, Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers acquisition of Justin Falk and signing of Aaron Johnson spelled the end of Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy and Steve Eminger's time with the Rangers.

Hamrlik was claimed off of waivers by the Rangers on March 6 and played 12 regular season games for the Rangers and two playoff games.

Eminger has played three seasons for the Rangers and signed one-year contracts with them the last two summers. He played in 35 regular season games and 11 playoff games.

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With Anton Stralman unavailable, Roman Hamrlik is likely to enter the Rangers lineup in his spot.

Hamrlik has played 12 games for the Rangers since being claimed off of waivers but last played on April 1.

Hamrlik's ice time in his last four games was:

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On 12/30/1997, Edmonton Oilers GM Glen Sather acquired Roman Hamrlik from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Jason Bonsignore, Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly.

Because of this, Jim Matheson writes in the Edmonton Journal, that it isn't a surprise that Sather put in a waiver claim for Hamrlik last week since Sather "never forgets a face."

Hamrlik was traded to the Islanders shortly after Sather left to become President and General Manager of the Rangers.

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On Thursday night, Roman Hamrlik played 5:57 and had one blocked shot.

Hamrlik played 3:51 in the first period and 2:06 in the second period. He did not take a shift in the third period.

Following the game, Dave Maloney said on MSG that the "sixth defenseman has yet to be identified" and that depth is going to be an issue for the Rangers. He adds that losing Marc Staal gives the defense a different look and that right now it's "not a good look."

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Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game as he tries to work himself into game shape after being a healthy scratch in 16 of the 20 games where he was a member of the Capitals.

John Tortorella said today, via the Daily News, that Hamrlik will continue to work on his conditioning with the Rangers and won't be sent down to Connecticut for a conditioning stint like Steve Eminger went through last month.

Tortorella said that the team has assigned assistant coach/assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld to work with Hamrlik and that they want to get his conditioning level up before they "even consider getting him back into the lineup."

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2:42PM: Tortorella told the NY Post that Hamrlik needs to get into shape to be an effective player.

Hamrlik told Ranger Rants "the best shape is the game situations and I missed a lot of games. Hopefully I have better skating here. When I have a chance at the lineup, I?ll work as hard as I do."

1:30PM: Andrew Gross spoke with Roman Hamrlik and Hamrlik said that he will not play tomorrow against the Capitals.

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In his Rangers debut, Roman Hamrlik played 15:48, had one shot, one hit and one blocked shot.

His ice time broke down as:

  • First: 6:52
  • Second: 5:52
  • Third: 3:04
He also had 42 seconds on the PP in the second period.

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John Giannone tweets that Roman Hamrlik will be in the Rangers lineup tonight against the Islanders.

Matt Gilroy is a healthy scratch tonight.

Henrik Lundqvist is in goal for the Rangers.

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via the Rangers website:

  • "The rivalry is huge. The Ranger fans are going to show up. I remember playing against the Rangers, when I was with the Islanders, the guys are always pumped up and there is excitement with the fans."
  • "Excited, anxious to play. It's a really good team with one of the best goalies in the league and some really good defenseman who can skate and move the puck. Lots of speed in the front. This team is a Stanley Cup contender and they have a chance to go far if they make the playoffs. We played them last year in the playoffs, it was a big series but now I am back and hopefully get a chance to play some hockey."
  • "I think I had pretty good playoffs. I played with Mike Green, but there were a lot of changes over the summer in Washington and I wish they could have given me more of a chance to play hockey."
It has not yet been announced if Hamrlik will play tonight.
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10:52AM: Katie Strang notes that Roman Hamrlik, claimed off of waivers yesterday by the Rangers, has joined the team on Long Island and will practice with them at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Rangers practice at 11:30AM.

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Yesterday, the Rangers claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off of waivers from the Washington Capitals.

Former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes, now an analyst, said that the Rangers were impressed with Hamrlik when they saw him in the playoffs last year.

Hamrlik played in all seven games against the Rangers in the second round last season:

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers claiming Roman Hamrlik off of waivers could impact the Rangers pursuit of bringing Mats Zuccarello back.

Brooks says that the Rangers have spoken with Zuccarello's agent but have not yet presented him with a formal offer to return.

Teams are only allowed to have 50 players under contract and Hamrlik is the 49th member of the organization under contract.

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2:10PM: Hamrlik will wear #40 according to the Rangers website.

12:12PM: Pierre LeBrun says that the Rangers were discussing whether to put a claim in for Hamrlik before Marc Staal was injured last night.

12:04PM: Bob McKenzie notes that the Rangers have claimed Roman Hamrlik off of waivers from the Capitals.

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