Hamrlik Out Today vs. Caps

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch today vs. his former team the Washington Capitals because of John Tortorella's concern about his conditioning…

“He’s got to get in shape. We had a back to back and now we’re playing three in not even four (days). He’s got to get some conditioning for him to be effective.”

Here's Hamrlik on missing the game against his ex-mates…

“I’m not playing tomorrow, hopefully, we’re going to get two points,” Hamrlik said. “And it’s going to be an intense game because last year I was with Washington playing in the playoffs against my (new) team. They’re playing much better hockey right now. We have to have a good start and stay out of the (penalty) box. They have good players on the power play like (Mike) Ribeiro and (Alex) Ovechkin.

“I’m just sad I’m not playing but I have to work on my conditioning.”

…while I don't disagree that Hamrlik needs to get into shape, I'm surprised to see him scratched after Torts specifically pointed out after the Islanders game how he can get by with savvy.

In other line-up news, Arron Asham says tells reader Thetis K. on Twitter that his back spasms are feeling better and he hopes to be back soon.

…i've never had back spasms before, but I guess they can be very disabling. Can believe he's been out this long. He better watch his back because Haley's been a bit of a spark plug in his three games since his call-up.

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