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07-01-2010, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Midnight Oil View Post
Hey, Oilers/Preds fan here. Congrats on picking up Hamhuis, you guys wil be frightening next year.
The only thing is... why so happy about the term? Some on the Preds board have called this signing "Wade Redden bad" and I am sorry to burst your bubble but it's quite true. Dan Hamhuis is not a 4.5M defenseman, you'll realize that soon enough. It's a hell of an overpayment.
That said, I want to stress that Hammer is a pretty good defender. Just, IMO, not a 4.5M defender.
He is a top 4 defeseman, and like it or not, the market for top 4 defensemen is now in the 4m-5m range. I would have preferred Martin at his price but 4.5m for a player like Hamhuis is clearly market value right now.

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