The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a 2-year, $2.5 million dollar contract this morning.
Hamhuis is 35 and was once a top blue liner for the Predators. He was drafted by Nashville in 2001 and played 483 games in a Nashville sweater. With the Predators, Hamhuis scored 32 goals and added 129 assists.
Aside from tons of playoff experience, Hamhuis supports the already-deep Nashville blueline as a presumed 5th defenseman. Yannick Weber, Matt Irwin, and Anthony Bitetto are now vying for the 6th blue line spot.
So far, Hamuis’ signing has been receiving tons of positive attention. An already-talented blue line is bolstered by Hamhuis. He brings veteran leadership and he’s definitely a fan favorite. Last season, Hamhuis scored 3 goals and added 21 assists.
There are few teams that have this kind of talent on defense. Nashville has always prided itself on a strong blue line, and Hamhuis will only strengthen it. Unlike Alexei Emelin, most of us won’t be hyperventilating when Hamhuis touches the ice.
This is an incredible signing at a very reasonable price.