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07-02-2010, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by barrytrotzsneck View Post
Good: super nice guy, does a lot in the community. Softspoken and shy, he's not going to disrupt a lockerroom. On most nights, he's solid and steady. Type of guy you don't really notice when he's on--in a good way.

Bad: Struggled with consistency over the past two years. Not much of a communicator, so needs to be paired with someone who can "take charge." Has an infuriating tendency to play the puck rather than body, and as a result, he'll get turned inside out more than you'd like by a forward with decent puck skills. As Trig alluded, he was the worst defenseman in front of hte net in recent memory, with the exception of Greg Zanon. He's more likely to tip a puck into his own goal(after screening his goalie,) or worse yet, get plowed back INTO the goalie than he is clear the crease.

All in all...4.5 seems to be the going rate for second pairing d-men, he's about a million over where I'd put his actual worth, but the Canucks have the money and there were other offers. Take the good with the bad, and on most nights you'll like having him.
This is pretty dead-on. Hamhuis is a very serviceable net protector. He knows where to be, but I think sometimes he is too smart without the necessary confidence. Communication is a factor with Hammer, so keeping a spoken blueliner with him is the best way to keep him at his best.

As far as ranking him with Webs and Sutes... it's Suter and Weber almost neck-and-neck... and then it's Hammer. Not even close. We are a team who builds from the net and out. Take letting Hamhuis go for what it's worth with that in mind.

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