Many expected that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis would be one of the bigger names moved on trade deadline day. However, he is remaining in Vancouver. Hamhuis has a no-trade clause, but indicated that he told the Canucks he would waive the clause to be dealt to Chicago or Dallas, but did not want to go to the Eastern Conference. Hamhuis is also still hopeful he can get a deal done to stay in Vancouver before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Hamhuis confirms he would have gone to CHI or DAL if a deal was done. Was not interested in Eastern Conference.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 29, 2016
Dan Hamhuis Willing to Waive for Chicago, Dallas, but Not East
Hamhuis, a native of British Columbia, had been with the Canucks for the last six seasons after signing a contract with the club in the summer of 2010. Hamhuis has played a solid top-four role as a stout defensive defenseman with the Canucks during that time, and while never noted as a big point producer, has averaged around five goals and about 25 points over the course of his career.
The 2014 Olympic Gold medalist’s season was however interrupted back in early December, when a slap shot to the face left him bloody and his mouth in need of extensive surgical repairs. However, he recently made his return to the Vancouver lineup, and has scored six points in 37 games this season.
The 33-year-old Hamhuis’ contract carries little risk, as most of the $4.25 million owed to him this season has already been paid out, and he will be a UFA this coming summer, which would have made him an ideal rental player this deadline, but instead he will stay in Vancouver and help the Canucks try to make one last push at the playoffs.
Hamhuis indicated he would like to stay in Vancouver, and hopes to reach an agreement to stay with the club.
Main Photo Caption: ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 30: Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)