Canucks sign defenceman Travis Hamonic to PTO contract

Jan 3 2021, 8:57 am

Travis Hamonic is on his way to Vancouver.

With training camp officially kicking off at Rogers Arena today, the Canucks announced that defenceman Travis Hamonic has been signed to a professional tryout contract (PTO).

Hamonic is traveling to Vancouver from Winnipeg, the team revealed, and will begin a seven-day quarantine, in accordance with the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Once his quarantine is complete, he will join Canucks camp.

While he doesn’t have a contract for next season, it might just be a matter of time for the 30-year-old free agent defenceman. Though the Canucks are currently $1.5 million over the salary cap, it’s expected that Micheal Ferland will be placed on long term injury reserve (LTIR), giving the team cap relief from his $3.5 million salary.

Hamonic would fill a need for the Canucks, who are thin on defence after losing Chris Tanev, Troy Stecher, and Oscar Fantenberg in free agency. Hamonic is a right-shot defenceman who played in a top-four role with the Calgary Flames last season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner scored 12 points (3-9-12) in 50 games last season, though he’s more known for his defensive work.