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Hamhuis stops wasting East teams’ time, signs with Canucks

Sean Leahy
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Remember what the world was like before Dan Hamhuis(notes) was treated like the second coming a Ray Bourque, with desperate suitors dealing away valuable assets just to have the honor of speaking to him without interruption?

Neither do we.

Dan Hamhuis finally did the inevitable Thursday, signing with the Vancouver Canucks after seeing his rights traded to both the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in the past week.

Despite the best (or not) efforts of the Flyers and Penguins, Hamhuis decided to sign closer to home, something many suspected he might do when it became obvious he wouldn't be returning to Nashville.

The deal works out to be six years for $27.5 million, and along with the acquisition of Keith Ballard(notes) at the NHL draft last weekend, provides further depth for the Canucks' blue line. Those moves also likely spell the end of Kevin Bieksa's(notes) time in Vancouver. Bieksa has one year left at $3.75 million and looks to be the odd-man out in the revamped Canucks' defense.

How are Canucks fans dealing with the news? Check out Nucks Misconduct who are ecstatic over the deal.

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