When a player has played for you for several seasons, it seems natural to trust him and sign him back to a contract. It is exactly what the Nashville Predators did on Wednesday morning, as they brought back one of their former players into the fold for the upcoming two season.
The Predators announced on Wednesday that they have signed signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. He will make $1.5 million during the 2018-19 season and $1 million during the 2019-20 season.
According to the information provided by Cap Friendly, Hamhuis is coming off a two-year, $7.5 million contract. The Preds now have $8.3 million in available cap space for the 2018-19 season after signing Hamhuis.
The 35-year-old veteran blue liner returns to Nashville where he played his first 483 NHL contests from 2003-10. In the many seasons he spent in Music City, he amassed 32 goals and 161 points. He was selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Preds back in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
In total, the veteran defender appeared in 1,030 regular-season games with Nashville, but he also played for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010 to 2016. He then played for the Dallas Stars for the past two seasons, before becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the other two clubs, Hamhuis recorded 343 points. He also took part in the run for the Cup with the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
Many believed Hamhuis was a target of the Canucks in this offseason, seeing that he was part of the team for many seasons and is also a native of Smithers, British Columbia. However, it looks like the Preds also wanted to bring back their former player and beat the Canucks to it.
According to the information provided by the Predators' webpage, "Hamhuis has extensive international experience with Team Canada, winning the Gold Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, World Championship Gold Medals in 2007 and 2015, silver medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships and the 2002 World Junior Championship, and bronze at the 2001 World Junior Championship."
They are certainly glad to have him back and for another two years. The Preds are once again expected to be a contender this season.