Hamonic 2 years at 3 million
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 28, 2021
Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Travis Hamonic
On July 28th, the Canucks finalized a two-year contract with Travis Hamonic worth $6 million or $3 million AAV.
In Hamonic, the Canucks keep a veteran NHL defenseman who brings experience and can log second or third pair minutes. A second round pick in the 2008 entry draft, the 30-year-old spent the first decade of his career with the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames. Now entering his twelfth NHL season, his ice time has been at a career-low this past season. He scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points, in addition to 39 penalty minutes in 38 games. His possession numbers are 40.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -6.5. Like many of Vancouver’s players last year, Hamonic hasn’t been as valuable or useful as hoped for. It is hoped that he can bounce back this year and shore up any depth concerns for the Canucks as they look to make a playoff push in 2022.
What This Means for the Future
The Canucks still look fine with regards to their future. The team has a plethora of talented forwards, and still believe Thatcher Demko will develop into a bona-fide NHL-caliber starter. One down season can be mostly attributed to growing pains. That being said, clearly something needed to be adjusted with this team. Hamonic returns to the Canucks but the blue line will be different. The Canucks have added Oliver Ekman-Larsson and moved on from Nate Schmidt in recent days. The team is also set to sign Tucker Poolman, according to reports. They are also signing a new backup goalie in Jaroslav Halak, with Braden Holtby being bought out.
VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 24: Vancouver Canucks Defenceman Travis Hamonic (27) on ice against the Winnipeg Jets during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on March 24, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)