Jul 1, 2010, 3:37 PM EST
With the Penguins and Flyers seemingly out of the Dan Hamhuis sweepstakes, Craig Custance claims that the Vancouver Canucks might be the frontrunner for perhaps the most desirable free agent defenseman remaining.
Vancouver sports a pretty crowded defensive group, cap hit-wise, but GM Mike Gillis is on record about the team’s interest in mixing up a group that broke down last year. From injuries to inconsistency, the team faced a lot of challenges on the blueline and ultimately fell apart in an ugly series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Canucks have almost $7 million in cap space right now, so Hamhuis isn’t out of the picture. A panelist on TSN just claimed that Hamhius is looking for a six-year deal worth $5 million per season.
Really, being the “frontrunner” doesn’t matter much since negotiations can change gears any moment. Obviously, we’ll keep you updated as the crazy afternoon moves along.
- Blackhawks aren’t done talking trades, will look to add another forward 2
- Breaking: Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks 20
- Video: Couture fined $5K for slew-footing Smith 22
- Time to start winning — Bruins’ next four games are against non-playoff teams 17
- Burgled: Sens’ Hammond shuts out Kings 14
- Wild get important win vs. Preds (and some luck, too) 41
- Trading baggage: Blue Jackets grab Clarkson, send Horton’s contract to Leafs 66
- Panthers acquire Jagr from Devils 29
- Trotz doesn’t see a ‘big, sexy, difference-maker guy’ on the market 17
- What’s up with the reports of problems in the Blackhawks’ room? 40
- Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight (82)
- ‘I don’t know why we’re so comfortable,’ says Toews after loss to Avalanche (69)
- Report: Alex Petrovic avoids discipline after injuring Patrick Kane (69)
- Trading baggage: Blue Jackets grab Clarkson, send Horton’s contract to Leafs (66)
- Lindros files $3M defamation lawsuit against ex-referee Stewart (Updated: Now $250K) (65)