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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks’ lack of interest in re-signing Hamhuis ranks as one of the more peculiar decisions of the Trevor Linden-Jim Benning era. But they were spot on when they traded Kevin Bieksa, so maybe they’ll be proven right again. Until then, here are the five reasons the Canucks will regret letting Hamhuis go:
1. He’s still really good.
This is all you need to know about Hamhuis: He was the Canucks’ second-best defenceman. The team averaged 4.25 more shot attempts per hour when he was on the ice at even strength compared with when he wasn’t. No Vancouver defenceman averaged more.
Oh, and with Hamhuis, the Canucks’ opponents averaged 3.89 fewer shot attempts per hour. That was good enough to finish second in shot suppression to Chris Tanev. This was good.
The team went from an average defensive team when he first got hurt in early December to one of the worst in the league.
There is no getting around this fact. The Canucks’ defence right now would be better with Hamhuis signed.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Hamhuis said he understands his role will be as a mentor and calming force.
"I've got 12 years of NHL experience and a lot of international experience, as well, so I feel confident in that role," he said. "It's a role I embrace. I've got a very open mind coming in and want to help any way I can."
Hamhuis has played for Ruff in the Olympics and also played with several Stars players in World Championships with Team Canada. Like Patrick Sharp last season, Hamhuis said he appreciates coming to a team that has a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup. Dallas went 50-23-9 last season and lost in Game 7 of the second round to St. Louis. It is pushing to improve on that next season.
"You look at all of the boxes that could be ticked off -- fit in the community, on the team, role on the team -- and the Stars had so many of those boxes ticked off," Hamhuis said. "And one of the biggest boxes is they are in a window to win right now."
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Hamhuis is not the bad guy here. He exercised the rights given to him by the six-year, $27-million contract Mike Gillis signed him to in 2010-11.
The 33-year-old never wanted, still doesn’t want to leave Vancouver. Loves the city. His family is rooted in the community. Hopes to re-sign with the Canucks come the summer.
But in the meantime, the team has missed the chance to get whatever return might have been had for a solid citizen who could be a good team’s No. 4 defenceman on a playoff run. Surely that was worth something, to somebody. Benning couldn’t find it.
The Canucks, as an organization, didn’t move quickly enough, clinging to their playoff pipe dream too long. And Hamhuis didn’t move quickly enough, deciding too late that it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to chase a Cup for a couple of months instead of plodding along here for the next six weeks with the walking dead.
At heart, even with nothing to look forward to this spring, he wanted to stay a Canuck.
We used to admire guys who didn’t want to leave. Now, we think they must have a character flaw.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
For the first time in the plodding Hamhuis will-he-or-won’t-he saga, the Canucks most important asset finally admitted he’s open to a trade.
“We’d like to stay,” Hamhuis said. “But we have an open mind to going, possibly to the right fit, if that’s what (the Canucks) want to do.”
This represents significant progress.
The Canucks already missed a chance to pry a top prospect from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were seriously into Hamhuis but he apparently wasn’t willing to say “right back atch-ya.”
The Chicago trade discussions got far enough Hamhuis was presented with a chance to waive. What followed was a long delay, which could be interpreted as waffling, and the Hawks moved on.
Enter Dallas, the team long rumoured to be the front-runner in the Hamhuis sweepstakes.
The Stars have not only needed defence, they have had a hole on their blueline’s left side.
But they also have GM Jim Nill, who trades like a predatory shark.
more and Boston is also mentioned...
via Ben Kuzma tweets,
Dan Hamhuis on his injury/surgery: "You could count 15 to 20 breaks through the face and up into the cheek. There was a lot going on there."
More Hamhuis on injury/surgery: "I have a couple of plates in my cheeks permanently and numb spots in my mouth, nose and gums."
Hamhuis tells Kuzma he plans to be back sometime after the ASG break.
You can watch the night Hamhuis was injured below...
from Thomas Drance of Sportsnet,
It was the first time that Hamhuis had addressed the media since being struck by Boyle’s errant slap shot and the veteran Vancouver Canucks blue-liner was forthright about the gruesome ordeal.
He spoke about how he knew he was really in trouble when he began to trace the roof of his mouth with his tongue, and instead of finding a loose tooth or two, found mush. That’s when he got a bit woozy.
“It’s an unfortunate part of the game,” Hamhuis said of the incident, “but those types of injuries happen. I was real fortunate to have the medical staff that we do on the ice, as I went into the dressing room and right through to the hospital. I couldn’t have asked for better care.”
Hamhuis was rushed to hospital following the incident and he underwent a significant surgical procedure the next day. There’s more work to be done in a couple weeks, after the brace is removed.
“We haven’t really seen what’s going on underneath the bracing,” Hamhuis told reporters. “(There’s) a lot of fractures a lot of breaks in there.
“The doctors were able to put it together quite nicely in the surgery, and then I went through a period where the jaw was wired for a little which made it difficult to eat, which certainly had its challenges especially through Christmas.”
If you need a refresher on the injury, watch below...
via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Canuck defenceman Dan Hamhuis was taken to hospital after taking a Dan Boyle slapshot in the face late in the game. Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said Hamhuis probably suffered a broken jaw, which would keep him from playing for weeks.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman summarized his "mini Hotstove" set of news items shared with Hockey Night in Canada viewers--because Sportsnet geo-blocks videos to Canadian IP's only--on Twitter:
1) SAT night newz...@DamoSpin reports Josh Harding returning in AHL this weekend, will be interesting to see if ends up in MIN or elsewhere
2) Several reports from FLA this week about potential UFAs being available, but hearing there is interest in [Brad] Boyes. Wonder if a fit in PIT.
3) VAN guarded on [Dan] Hamhuis injury (groin?), but hearing he will be re-evaluated in two weeks and he may hold off on surgery.
4) Other teams saying that EDM/PHI being careful, not make a move that hurts them long-term.
Sportsnet's Luke Fox expanded upon Friedman's report that the Florida Panthers might want to send their unrestricted free agents elsewhere:
From the NHLPA:
Recognizing a great need for help, Georges Laraque and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) teamed up with World Vision Canada to raise funds for the re-construction of the Grace Children’s Hospital in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, a project that has been on-going for over a year now.
In a follow-up to an initial trip to the island by Laraque, NHLPA Member Dan Hamhuis and NHLPA staff members in June of 2010 to announce that $1-million had been raised (the total is now over $1.3M), Laraque has once again embarked on a trip to the Caribbean island nation. Joining Georges on this trip representing the NHLPA is Montreal Canadiens defenceman, P.K. Subban. The energetic and effervescent young player is someone who values the work being done by World Vision and the NHLPA on the Hockey for Haiti project and was eager to participate and help-out, any way he could.
Laraque and Subban will spend a few days in Port-au-Prince and on Wednesday they will visit the Grace Children’s hospital to meet with patients, staff and to tour the hospital to see first-hand the progress being made through the donations to Hockey for Haiti.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe and Mail:
Sooner or later, the risks outweigh the rewards of playing on. It was the accumulation of multiple concussions that eventually drove the Lindros borthers, Brett and Eric, from the game; and is likely causing some of Marc Savard’s memory loss, a fact reported by ESPN.com over the weekend.
Now, a day after the fact, is far too soon to get an accurate read on what Hamhuis’s intentions might be. In all likelihood, his primary goal will be to recover as quickly as possible and be part of a long and fruitful playoff run with the Canucks, a serious Stanley Cup contender and the first one he’s ever played for.
But concussions can be tricky. Sometimes, five games are enough to get back on track. Other times - as in the case of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby - it can take far longer.
According to Jason Botchford tweets, this is the fourth concussion for Hamhuis.
The Canucks announced today that Dan Hamhuis is out with a concussion, no timetable for his return.
In case you missed how Hamhuis received his concussion, you can watch the hit from Getzlaf.
Bob McKenzie tweets....
Many have asked if I thought the Getzlaf hit on Hamhuis is suspendable. First, let me say I hate to see any player in distress like Hamhuis.
Next let me say NHL, IMO, wouldn’t even consider a suspension for hit like that. Should it, though? That can’t be answered in 140 characters
Reports are Hamhuis should be fine.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
RDS says Hamhuis to Vancouver is done
from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,
Hamhuis, 27, made $2.5 million in 2009-10 and soon could become an unrestricted free agent. His contract is set to expire June 30, and several teams are expected to show interest and offer more money if Nashville doesn’t sign him before the deadline.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Poile said. “But I’d like to continue having conversations this week and possibly reach out to Dan next week before we take our final position.”
Hamhuis’ agent, Wade Arnott, said discussions have been positive and ongoing.
“The club had always advised Dan and myself that they would address his situation at season’s end, after they had a chance to meet as a group in management and with ownership,” Arnott said. “I believe they’ve met among management and have some ongoing meetings with ownership. I expect to have more positive dialogue leading up to July 1, if it gets that far.”
Should Hamhuis, who just completed his sixth season with Nashville, leave town, there will be more tough calls to make.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
As of Tuesday morning, it appears as if Nashville general manager David Poile hasn’t been impressed enough to move defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers or anyone else.
The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
“Three teams have made offers on Hamhuis, and they have not been accepted,” said a source close to the situation. “Dan wants to stay in Nashville. At this point, it looks like the Predators are going to keep him.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Poile has spoken with Hamhuis’s agent, Wade Arnott, but it’s uncertain whether Poile can accommodate what Hamhuis will want, both in terms of dollar and term. Now, the $64,000 question is whether Poile makes a pre-emptive move to trade the solid Hamhuis, an invitee to Canada’s Olympic orientation camp in Calgary this past August, before the trade deadline or keep him because he is a key component in the Predators’ quest for a postseason berth (the 12th overall pick in 2001 averages 21:04 a night in ice time).
It’s an unsavory dilemma, and Poile acknowledged GMs are going to have to get more used to watching assets walk away on July 1 in the new NHL. That said, if that was to happen with Hamhuis, “I can’t believe on July 1 I’d be very happy,” Poile said.