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05-07-2011, 09:08 AM
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JacklegJack
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I always liked Hamhuis as a person (well, up until he started making cracks at Nashville once he was gone) but as a player he wasn't exactly a game-breaker who could single-handedly make us a better team like you're trying to imply. On a team like Vancouver who is not known for good defence I can see how he would be much more valuable and I can understand why you'd stick up for him so much. The thing is, we have a few of the best junior D-men coming up through our ranks (being from Vancouver, I imagine you've heard of someone named Jon Blum) and signing Hamhuis simply takes away ice time from these guys as well. Hamhuis isn't a bad player, don't get me wrong, but I, personally, am much more excited to see what Blum, Josi, and Ellis can do for us than paying three/four times as much just to keep an OK veteran.

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