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Quick note on Hamhuis

OK, dear readers, perhaps a glimmer of hope for optimism regarding D DAN HAMHUIS signing with the Penguins:

Early Tuesday I sent his agent a text asking about reports that Hamhuis desires to play in Canada, preferably Western Canada. (Hamhuis’ lives in British Columbia, Canada). Here is the agent’s response, which I received late Tuesday evening:

“Untrue — Dan remains very open minded with respect to playing in the East versus the West or Canada versus the United States.”

If that is true – and I have no reason not to believe agent WADE ARNOTT, who has been honest in his talks with me – certainly U.S. teams wouldn’t be hesitant with Hamhuis come noon Thursday. Also, if true, it would suggest that Hamhuis’ reluctance to reach terms with Philadelphia had more to do with his fit with the Flyers than any geographical hangups.

He’s a top-pairing defenseman with the Penguins. If geography isn’t an issue certainly the Penguins would seemingly be an enticing suitor, perhaps the most enticing pending his wants.

–ROSSI

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    I feel like if Hamhuis waits til the Thursday the Pens will have no chance in retaining him with all the offers out there.

  2. Zanstorm says:

    what do you think his agent is going to say? He’s not going to give you Dan’s preference, and believe me, there is a preference

  3. harp says:

    Curious if the fact Marc Staal does not want to play in NY if the Pens have any chance to sign him?
    Playing with Jordan could sway him to take less then what he turned down from the Rangers.
    He’s young, talented and defense minded, the pens could use a player such as Marc right now.
    Maybe swap Gogo for Staal, that would be interesting.

  4. Pete says:

    Gonchar needs to go. We need to focus on Hamhuis and a 3+ contract for him along with keeping Eaton and/or Leopold.

    Why am I down on Sarge? Age. 37 vs 27 for Hamhuis. Playoff actions…he gave up. Just replay that awful goal he allowed…. All he had to do was pinch the guy into the boards.

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