Rangers Claim Hamrlik (Staal Out Indefinitely)

Update, 6:38 p.m.:
The Rangers gave this update on Staal's injury (via Blueshirts United)…

"Following an injury suffered in last night's game vs. Philadelphia, Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon.  The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.  Staal will be sidelined indefinitely."

…WOW!!!! An actual injury update! In all seriousness, great to hear injury has improved.

Update, 1:42 p.m.:
Hamrik is in the final year of his contract that pays him $3.5 million this season.

…how does this guy get paid more than Girardi ($3.325 million)?

Update, 1:24 p.m.:

Update, 12:30 p.m.:

…never like when someone has to point out it's not career threatening. Usually means it's still pretty serious.

According to Katie Strang at ESPN, Rangers were talking about acquiring Hamrlik before last night.

Original Post:
Whelp, it looks like we've gotten our first inkling of how bad Marc Staal's eye injury is as the Rangers have claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

The 38-year old Hamrlik has dressed for just four games with the Capitals this season.

…not good.

…is there really no one out there better than Hamrlik? While he used to be a stud on the power play those days are long gone. Thought Rangers were done bringing in guys like this. Would much rather they just plug Gilroy back in there.

…this also pretty much confirms the Rangers confidence level in Bickel right now.

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