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Canucks bring back Travis Hamonic on a two-year deal

The deal is worth $3 million per season.

NHL: MAY 15 Canucks at Oilers
Vancouver Canucks Defenceman Travis Hamonic (27) passes up ice in the third period during the Edmonton Oilers game versus the Vancouver Canucks on MAY 15, 2021 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB.
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Quinn Hughes’ mainstay on the right side is returning to the Canucks on a two-year deal.

Travis Hamonic has officially re-signed with the Canucks for the next two years, with an average annual value of $3 million.

Now, I hope Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Tucker Poolman and Hamonic are all staying off Twitter, because these charts from JFresh Hockey don’t shine fondly on any of them.

In fairness, Hamonic went from God awful to respectable during his short tenure with the Canucks last season. After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal on the eve of the season, it was clear that the 30-year-old wasn’t ready for NHL games.

However, after returning from an early-season injury, Hamonic was mildly more effective over his remaining 32 games. By mildly more effective, I don’t mean he was good.

As a pairing, Hughes and Hamonic had an expected goals for percentage of 46% while bleeding a ton of chances at even-strength. In fairness, they did have tough matchups, even if they weren’t the go-to shutdown pair.

There’s been a trend today from the Canucks in their signings of Hamonic and Poolman. They clearly value size on the back-end, especially on a defence that has quicker, slighter players in Hughes and Rathbone. Benning and company have virtually said F analytics with both of these signings, because both players carry risk in terms of their actual on-ice effectiveness.

It’s by no means a monstrosity of a contract, but call me surprised if Hamonic plays up to it with Vancouver’s. Let’s hope that with a full training camp and a clean bill of health, Hamonic can exert some effectiveness as a prototypical defensive defenceman. However, for someone who will be 31 years old next year, it’s a big ask for a slower player like him to improve his defensive effectiveness in a league that’s only getting quicker.