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.
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 92
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 92
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 103
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 14
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 89
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 87
- Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand 69
- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (180)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (119)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (103)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (94)
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (93)