The thing is, Hamhuis has a shot elsewhere and should be ramping up to let other teams know what he can do if he still wants a career. There's also pride - go out like a pro. Forget all the big mouths - play the game the best you can. Laying down is a statement in itself. Maybe he's hiding an injury.
Hamhuis looked like he lost it for Vancouver against NJ back on Nov 8 but Palmieri took a dive. The call was interference which is absurd because Palmieri had the puck. Hamhuis should have flattened the guy with a shoulder and it wouldn't have given the guy a stick to fall over.
Hamhuis is looking half assed though. When you're a pro - you play whether you're getting renewed or not. You got alot of money for the sport and you don't cruise while money's still coming in. You make a deal, you honor it. May be why the no renewal.
All of Vancouver's defense are doing the following which is why they lose.
1. Poke and sweep - take the man, not the puck. Get speed up, turn around and pinch them into the boards until a foot apart - then nail them. Let danglers KEEP the puck - they can lay on it once you hit them! Better yet - choke on it.
2. Take the man AT the BLUELINE! Every time an opponent scores, defence is poke checking IN THE SLOT! Just another screen for Miller (used to be Luongo). Make opponents AFRAID to cross the blue line with the puck. Watch Subban. Good to see a newer player play ol' school.
3. NO stick handling the puck out of the defensive zone. HEAD MAN. Forwards know how to score on this team - give them the pass! Or look for the winger on the half boards.
4. Wingers come back to half boards - give your D an out. No passes up the middle! Just STUPID!
If the forwards have to play D because D can't get it done, Vancouver loses it's firepower.
5. Best Defence is great offence. Pull out the stops. Outscore other teams. GO 100% offence. Use your strength. If you have the puck, they don't.
Toronto with Kessel could actually win if they didn't sit on a lead. The minute they put emphasis on the D instead of the O - the party was over. Cherry even told them that in the playoff race when they were up by two and then lost. Good luck Babcock - teach Gardiner how to play.