The Capitals placed seldom-used veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik on waivers Tuesday afternoon.
Hamrlik, 39, has been a healthy scratch in 16 of the Capitals’ 20 games this season and there was no indication that he was going to enter the lineup again any time soon. He is in the final year of a two-year contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million and if Hamrlik is claimed off of waivers that new team will be responsible for the rest of his salary.
If Hamrlik clears waivers the Capitals could elect to assign him to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, though, that has not been officially decided. If they were to send Hamrlik to the AHL, the Capitals will still carry a $2.6 million salary cap hit from his contract.
Steve Oleksy became the latest to leap frog Hamrlik, who has played 52 minutes 23 seconds over four games this season, on the depth chart when he was signed and recalled by the Capitals on Monday and the 27-year-old will make his NHL debut against the Bruins.