Defenseman Roman Hamrlik left Saturday’s training camp-opening practice session due to tightness in his groin muscle.
Hamrlik had complained of tightness earlier in the week, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. So when the 37-year-old experienced discomfort after the first sprint in the conditioning test, Boudreau told him to get off the ice as a precaution.
“To be safe,” Hamrlik said. “I felt a little tightness in my groin, but I wanted to be safe and go through training camp. I think it was a good move by Bruce.”
Hamrlik said he expects to practice fully tomorrow.
Boudreau said Hamrlik will complete the test next week. All the other players completed the test in a timely fashion, Boudreau confirmed.
“I said, ‘Hey, let’s be precautionary and we’ll do the test in a week when you feel better,’” Boudreau said. “I went to him. I wanted to make sure that, it was his first out with us, he didn’t try to do something overly brave. So once he said he was a little tight, said, ‘Okay fine, just shut it down.’”