A day after Roman Hamrlik expressed his frustration with both the state of affairs on the labor front and his union's leadership, Michal Neuvirth came to his Caps teammate and fellow countryman's defense. Per TSN:
"I agree 100 percent with Hammer," Neuvirth told TVA Nova Sport in the Czech Republic. "This lockout is not about majority of players, I think. It is about several superstars with big contracts."
So... is Neuvirth/Ovechkin now more or less awkward than Neuvirth/Holtby?
For his part, Hamrlik clarified his comments a bit in an interview with TSN:
"I've been in the league for 20 years and faced three lockouts," Hamrlik told TSN's That's Hockey on Wednesday. "There's only 14 other players in the league that are facing their third career lockout. I believe I've earned the right to say what I think."
"Someone thinks I'm selfish - I might be," Hamrlik told TSN. "But it's selfish to play hockey. I still want to play with the Capitals or at least have the chance to win and go as far as I can. I think time is against us and we need to find a solution. I think that it's a fight between two groups that have too much pride. We need to find an agreement - I still support Fehr, but we as players we need to push him a little bit more and get the best deal possible."
"I'm just disappointed - I know it's a really tough business, it's not just me losing money. Everybody's losing money - the sooner we figure it out, the better for everybody."
For those of you keeping score at home, that leaves the Caps with allegedly one of the most hard-line owners, a superstar threatening not to return when this mess is over, and a pair of players who have now publicly expressed frustration with their union (a rarity, to date). Washington remains, if nothing else, a city comprised of diverse viewpoints...