After a draft day filled with stocking up defensive picks, the Vancouver Canucks got busy in the free agent market by signing Dan Hamhuis.
Hamhuis comes to Vancouver in the unique position of a BC-born player who turned down other offers for more money with other clubs to lace the skates for the Canucks. Hamhuis signed a long deal with the Canucks, signing on the dotted line for six years with a dollar amount worth $27 million. It’s a big pay cheque, sure, but the Canucks will benefit from his blueline presence.
At 27, Hamhuis still has time to grow into his role too. The signing puts him in the Canucks organization for long-term and he’ll possibly step in as the team’s most reliable defenceman, filling the void left behind by Mattias Ohlund when he jetted off to Tampa.
“We did get some different offers from other teams,” said the former Nashville Predator. “Some of them were higher in contract value. We liked the fit in Vancouver. We liked the opportunity it presented from a hockey perspective and the lifestyle perspective for my family.”
Another incentive for Hamhuis to sign in Vancouver was that he likes the team’s chances of playoff success. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been out of the first round,” he said during a telephone conference call. “I hope to get past that with Vancouver and further.”
Hamhuis gives the Canucks’ blueline some mobility. His addition to the team gives Vancouver eight defencemen, with six of them making over $3 million.
Vancouver also stocked up on a couple of forwards on Canada Day, adding centres Manny Malhotra and Joel Perreault plus left-winger Jeff Tambellini. Malhotra is a good addition, as he should help in the penalty kill and defensively.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.