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Quick note on Hamhuis

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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

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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