The Vancouver Canucks Jump into the Free Agent Market with Hamhuis and Malhotra

July 1st, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »
As reported by TSN at 1:11 PDT the deal with Dan Hamhuis is done. The contract amount is $4.5 million a year for six years.

Other teams offered more money but Vancouver was the team that Hamhuis wanted to go to.

That now brings the total to nine D-men that are under contract (if you count Shane O'Briens qualifing offer) and someone will have to go to get under the cap before the season starts.

Look for GM Mike Gillis to try and trade one of the D-men that have no trade contracts and are over $3 million (Kevin Bieksa).

Earlier this morning the Canucks signed, Manny Malhotra, to a three-year, $7.5M contract with a no-trade clause attached.

This now gives the Canucks some very good depth at centre with Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Malhotra all under contract along with first-round draft prospect Cody Hodgson.

Malhotra, who just turned 30 in May, is 6’2”, 210 lbs. and last season with the San Jose Sharks scored 14 goals and had 19 assists in 71 games while acquiring 41 PIM.

This signing adds depth to the all important centre position. It also begs the question of what the Canucks have ...

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