"Happy, excited, anxious to play," said Hamrlik about learning he'd be joining the Rangers. "This is a really good team, one of the best goaltending [teams] in league. They have some great defensemen who can skate and move the puck, lots of speed up front. I think this team is a Stanley Cup contender."
Hamrlik said he did not want to dwell on the past, but admitted he was frustrated by his limited role with the Caps this season. Before being waived, Hamrlik played in only four games under Oates.
"There's been lots of changes over the summer with the coaching staff in Washington. I wish ... they would've could'e given me a little more of a chance to play hockey but it's in the past and I'm looking more ahead," Hamrlik said. "It is what it is."
Should Hamrlik play tonight he'll be thrown right into the midst of a division rivalry that he knows all about. Hamrlik spent four years with the Islanders from 2000-2004 and said he had lots of good memories about the Isles-Rangers match-ups.
"It's huge," Hamrlik said. "Always the guys are pumped up and the excitement ... the fans really enjoy it. It should be fun."