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Canadiens sign Hamrlik to 4-year deal @NHL

MONTREAL (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Roman Hamrlik to four-year deal on Monday, adding the 14-year veteran to a unit likely to lose unrestricted free agent Sheldon Souray.

Hamrlik, chosen first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1992 draft, spent the last two seasons with Calgary.

The 33-year-old Czech had a plus-22 rating with the Flames last season and 38 points in 75 games, including seven goals.

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey referred to Hamrlik as "a solid NHL veteran" in a statement announcing the signing.

"The acquisition of Roman fills a very important need in our organization," Gainey said. "He is a strong defenseman with a powerful shot and excellent hockey skills. He brings to our club a solid experience and an excellent reputation."

A three-time NHL all-star, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Hamrlik has also played with Edmonton and the New York Islanders. He has 131 goals, 374 assists and 505 points in 999 regular season games.

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