Just six days after acquiring rugged winger Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals lost a player of their own to the waiver wire, as defenseman Roman Hamrlik was claimed by the New York Rangers.
Hamrlik, a 38-year-old Czech blueliner signed as a free agent last summer, had struggled to break into the Caps lineup this year, appearing in only four games and being surpassed in the depth chart by Hershey Bears call-ups Tomas Kundratek and Steve Oleksy.
Hamrlik's $3.5 million salary will be cleared off the salary cap, which will open more room for the Caps to make a roster move, should they so desire.
The Rangers play the Caps at Verizon Center on Sunday. Hamrlik is expected to be in the lineup.