Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dan Hamhuis Returns to Nashville

The Nashville Predators gave themselves a blast from the past, signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a 2-year, $2.5 million deal on Wednesday.

Hamhuis was originally drafted by the Predators in the 2001 entry draft and played six seasons with the club before moving on.  His new deal is of the 35+ variety, but with a cap hit of $1.25 million per season, it wouldn't be a huge burden, if he wasn't able to finish the deal for whatever reason.

The 35-year old played the 2018 season with the Dallas Stars and was still fairly productive, picking up 3 goals and 24 points in 80 games, which was good enough for 78th among all defensemen.

One would have to assume that the role that he would be taking on, will be somewhat of a lesser one, especially with a top four that already includes P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis.  Still, even as a 5-6 defenseman, Hamhuis could still play a valuable role with the team, which isn't too far away from returning to the Cup Finals in the next year or two.

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