After failing to land him at the trade deadline, the Dallas Stars have now signed Dan Hamhuis as a free agent for two seasons, essentially replacing deadline acquisition and consolation prize Kris Russell.
Hamhuis, 33, is still good to have on the penalty kill and the powerplay; his experience will also help a young Stars defense, as he’s won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Olympics (with coach Lindy Ruff, who also coached him at the World Championships) and played in a Stanley Cup Final with the Vancouver Canucks.
Dallas' one big question mark remains in net, as both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have had disappointing playoffs, and with Ben Bishop and Marc-André Fleury rumoured to be on the trade market.
But with an offense that boasts Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp and Cody Eakin, goals for won't be a problem this year either.
Here is Hamhuis wearing the Canucks' blue (home) current/retro uniform, on card #TC-DHA from Panini's 2013-14 Totally Certified set and Red Jersey sub-set: