Stars land free agent defenceman Dan Hamhuis on 2-year deal

A learning curve is always expected when a player attempts to transition from the OHL to NHL. And Connor McDavid took a hard lesson from Dan Hamhuis on Thursday on how NHL defencemen steals pucks.

The Dallas Stars have signed free agent defenceman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year contract.

It’s a massive win for Stars GM Jim Nill, who landed the prized blue liner at a very reasonable $7.5 million. Hamhuis will earn $3.75 million against the salary cap.

Hamhuis spent the last six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The 33-year-old was a highly sought after blue liner at the 2016 trade deadline but ended up staying put in British Columbia.

The Nashville Predators selected Hamhuis 12th overall at the 2001 NHL Draft. The left-handed shot defenceman was a member of Team Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Hamhuis totalled three goals and 13 points in 58 games in 2015-16. The native of Smithers, B.C., has registered 55 goals and 303 points in 872 career games with the Predators and Canucks.

July 1, 2016

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Dan Hamhuis
Defence
AGE: 35
LENGTH:
2 Years
CONTRACT TYPE:
Free Agency
SALARY CAP HIT:
$3.75 million
TOTAL:
$7.5 million

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