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The 38-year-old defenseman is in his 18th year in the NHL. He has been very consistent during his career. However, he's hardly had an opportunity to go deep into the playoffs.
Playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1990's and the New York Islanders in the early 2000's did not offer him any Cup opportunities. He also had a short stint in Calgary that was nothing special.
His best chances came when he played in Montreal. The Canadians were one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs until they unexpectedly lost to the Philadelphia Flyers. In the 2010 postseason, the Canadians made it to the Eastern Conference Finals only to be defeated by the Flyers again.
The Capitals made a solid investment when they picked him up last summer. With all the defensive troubles the Capitals are always having, it was a wise move. The Caps still have work to do on their blueline, but Hamrlik can be the guy who helps stabilize it while acting as a leader/role-model for the younger players.