Hamhuis signs with Canucks - 07-01-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Sorry for the delay folks. We went to Ray Shero's press conference and that ate about two hours of the day. We'll have more on that later.

Quasi former Penguins defenseman Dan Hamhuis has signed with the Canucks. It is a six-year deal worth $4.5 million per season.

The Penguins acquired the signing right to Hamhuis last week at the NHL draft when they sent a third-round pick in 2011 to the Flyers.

In 78 games last season with the Predators, Hamhuis, 27, scored 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) and was a plus-four.

A native of Smithers, B.C., it was reported Hamhuis wanted to sign somewhere closer to his hometown.

EN Says: Ray Shero said today he gave Hamhuis a "deadline" of noon to get something done with the Penguins. That time came and went and Shero explored other options in Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin. Those deals were made and the Penguins moved on from Hamhuis.

It's stinks that the Penguins had to give up an asset in a third-rounder to "acquire" Hamhuis, but it was a worthwhile pursuit by Shero. Hamhuis is a player who will make any team he's on a much tougher squad defensively.

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