Dan Hamhuis, one of the most sought-after free agents on Day 1 of the NHL's unrestricted free agent market, has signed a six-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks. The contract has been reported to be worth $4.5 million per season.
The British Columbia native is said to have spurned bigger offers to sign with the Canucks. The Los Angeles Kings are believed to have been one of his pursuers.
Primarily a defensive defenseman, the 6-1, 205-pound Hamhuis was a plus-4 while scoring five goals and adding 19 assists last season in Nashville. Since being drafted by the Predators 12th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft, the 27-year-old Hamhuis has come to play almost every night. In six seasons with Nashville, he has only missed nine games.
In 483 career NHL regular season games with the Predators, Hamhuis has 32 goals and 129 assists.