As many expected, Dan Hamhuis has signed a long-term contract with the Vancouver Canucks on the first day of NHL free agency. Defensemen were prime targets of NHL teams, as 10 found new home in the first few hours after the signing period opened.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis