Flyers Acquire Hamhuis; Will Now Try to Sign Him

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired the rights to one of the most sought after free agents-to-be on defense in Nashville Predators blueliner Dan Hamhuis .

On Saturday afternoon, the club announced it had traded defenseman Ryan Parent to Nashville for Hamhuis and a conditional pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Hamhuis is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so the Flyers will try to sign him to a deal as soon as possible.

“Our intention is to get him signed prior to [July 1], and that is what our aim is at this point in time,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “The sooner that we get going on trying to get this done, the better.”

“Obviously, it is sad to leave the Predators,” said Hamhuis . “I spent some great years with them and it is great organization to be a part of. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the city of Philadelphia and the Flyers.”

Should he agree to terms with the defending Eastern Conference champions, the 6-1, 209-pound Hamhuis will provide an instant upgrade to a defense that already features one of the best Top-4 groups in the league in Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle. At 27 years old, Hamhuis may be entering the prime of his career.

“I think Philly has an unbelievable defense corps,” said Hamhuis . “To join a corps like that makes the Flyers one of the tougher ones in the league. To play against the teams from the East, the conference has a lot of great forwards. Watching the playoffs, having a great defense will get you a long way.”

Known as a physical player who isn’t afraid to throw an open-ice hit, Hamhuis has never missed more than four games in a season in his six-year NHL career. He also has the ability to contribute offensively, with 161 points (32g, 129a) in 483 career games, all with Nashville.

Only Ilya Kovalchuk has played in more NHL games among players drafted in 2001.

Dan Hamhuis is a good all-around defenseman,” said Holmgren. “He’s a guy who can play lots of minutes and he can play in a lot of different situations, from power play to killing penalties. He is another athlete we’d like to add to our team to continue to improve our defense.”

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31 Responses to Flyers Acquire Hamhuis; Will Now Try to Sign Him

  1. reinjosh says:

    This was a perfectly pointless article. No kidding the Flyers are going to try and sign him. They didn't give up a top 6 talented RFA just to help out the Predators.

    Thank You Captain Obvious for pointing out exactly what we all expected to happen.

  2. LeafsneedSteen says:

    The Leafs dodged a bullet on this one as he'd be redundant on our blueline.  Burke's options are running thin considering he wants to be active on July 1st.

    This helps the Kaberle market with one less defenseman on the market.

  3. cam7777 says:

    And Nashville keeps dealing, incase you guys haven't heard yet:

    To NSH: Matt Halischuk, 2nd in 2011
    To NJD: Jason Arnott

    What does everyone make of this?

  4. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Sick, Nashville is clearly entering a rebuilding mode and this should officially put a for sale sign on Kovalchuk's rights. 

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    Nashville is in the pooper finacially?

  6. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    maybe their clearing cap space for a big signing!!! it seems this year these trades are one sided….

  7. leafy says:

    Pretty sad considering Nashville came the closest to eliminating Chicago in the playoffs. Only seconds away from going up 3-2 in the series heading back to Nashville.  And now this.

  8. cam7777 says:

    McKenzie concurs with Eklund, the Leafs and Flyers are talking Kaberle.

  9. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Begs the question of who does Nashville feel they have a shot a signing? Plekanec?

  10. cam7777 says:

    Or maybe trading for Semin and bringing back Radulov.

    To WSH: Suter, Dumont, 2nd
    To NSH: Semin, Alzner

    -sign Plekanec

    Alex Semin – Tomas Plekanec – Alex Radulov

    Steven Sullivan – Colin Wilson – Patric Hornqvist

    Martin Erat – David Legwand – Jordin Tootoo

    Shea Weber – Jonathan Blum

    Cody Franson – Francis Bouillion

    Karl Alzner – Kevin Klein

  11. LeafsneedSteen says:

    McKenzie…

    "Things likely to go down: Nathan Horton and others in Fla.; much in CHI; more moves in NASH; perhaps Spezza; more in PHI; Kaberle. Busy busy"

    As in PHI and Kaberle are separate stories

    Eklund…

    Leafs and Philly talking Carter, possibly Giroux (it's Eklund so suspect source).

    Why would Philly, who is cap pressed already want Kaberle when they have Pronger, Timmonen, Hamhuis and Coburn?

  12. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Weber for Spezza?

  13. cam7777 says:

    Well, this is a long shot, but during the playoffs, there was a story about how Timonen was pretty upset during the regular season with his lack of top minutes, and having to play second fiddle to Chris Pronger.  He put it behind him in the playoffs, but perhaps he has silently requested a trade.  So you move out Timonen for a good forward, and you bring in Kaberle using your own forward.

  14. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    I sure hope not.. its MTL so I wouldn't be suprised.. in the past they let Striet, Souray, and Komisarek go for nothing, so you just never know..

  15. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    How about this:

    NSH:
    WEBER

    MTL:
    PLEKANEC
    MARKOV
    2010 1 STROUND PICK(27TH)

  16. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    If so then one of Phiily's dman will be coming back in the return..

    PHI:
    CARLE
    HARTNELL

    TOR:
    KABERLE
    MITCHELL

  17. Bure96 says:

    I commented this on another article in case you see it again lol

    Pretty good trade. The Preds just continue to add more picks, which is never a bad idea. They have more money to extended Hornqvist, and Shea Weber, but they are awfully close to the cap floor still. They might actually be in the market for some free agents this summer. It's not a bad destination to go either. They also traded Dan Hamhuis rights for Ryan Parent, which I thought for a great move.

    Maybe a guy like Alex Frolov would be interested in playing in Nashville. Offer him 4 years, 4.25 million per year? He seems like a guy that's going to be undervalued this summer, and someone will end up getting him at a fair price.

    Frolov – Wilson – Hornqvist
    Sullivan – Erat – Dumant
    Ward – Legwand – Goc
    Smithson – Boyd – Tootoo

    Weber – Suter
    Parent – Grebeshkov
    Klein – Franson/Boullion

    Rinne
    Ellis

    That's a rock solid team right there. They lacked depth upfront, but even with no UFA signings this summer they'll be stacked on defense. They need one more top 6 forward (Frolov) and a few bottom 6 forwards, and that could be an awesome team. I guarentee Colin Wilson is going to have a breakout year as well (which is why I had him on line 1). He's the total package. NHL size, and toughness, and he's got loads of skill. I'm going to go out on a limb and say right now I think he was the third best player from the 2008 draft class (better then Hodgson, Bogosian, and Pietrangelo).

    I love the potential this team has this year, and I like the direction there going, as long they make some sort of splash for another top 6 forward this summer. One of the strongest management and coaching staffs in the league as well. Just smart hockey people.

  18. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Overpayment for Weber.

  19. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    Ya but they would save tons of cap space, then they could sign Lombardi and Dan Ellis as a backup, plus they don't need Plekanec now they have Eller lol…

  20. reinjosh says:

    Weber's untouchable

  21. reinjosh says:

    things are getting interesting. Honestly, I think Nashville is going to make a huge move. They have 8 NHL defenseman along with a bunch of prospects including 3 offensive guys in Roussell, Blum and Franson.

    Now trading Arnott for a forward prospect and a 2nd, it seems like they are clearing room for something.

    I'm calling Bobby Ryan.

    And that would be really interesting if Philly went after Kaberle.

  22. reinjosh says:

    although the way he said it was more like "more moves in Philly. Kaberle front is busy"
    Two seperated items, I think.

  23. reinjosh says:

    They are clearing cap space for a move They have to stay cheap just because of the ownership but they have money, its nothing financial. Mark my words, Nashville is making a big move this offseason.

  24. reinjosh says:

    Exactly. They are clearing room for a move and moving to give weber the Captaincy.  They are just loaded on defense as you said and addind picks and a solid prospect doesn't hurt.

  25. cam7777 says:

    Yea, my bad, I got excited.

    It certainly seems like they are gearing up for Ryan, but as of now, Legwand is their top center.  Perhaps they're preparing to sign a center (Marleau or Plekanec).  With Sullivan, Erat, Dumont, Hornqvist, Ward and Tootoo, you would think a center would be their priority.  Maybe Pavelski – San Jose is short on D.

  26. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    Maybe Kovalchuk is going to call Nashville home on JULY 1.

  27. pezzz123 says:

    To Toronto : Jeff Carter

    To Buffalo : Tomas Kaberle, Braydon Coburn

    To Philadelphia : Jonas Enroth, Drew Stafford, Steve Montador, 1rst round pick (Buffalo)

  28. oyoyer says:

    sabres keep montador, leafs add gunnarson; then the flyers probably do that trade.

  29. casevo17leafs says:

    leafs wont add gunnarson

  30. reinjosh says:

    Maybe Philly doesn't intent to sign Hamhuis at all but rather facilitate a sign and trade and benefit from it. Suppose that Hamhuis and Vancouver ownership were mutually interested with each others services. Suppose then that Philly is quite comfortable with their defense (it is really solid, with Pronger, Carle, Coburn, Timonen). Then suppose that Philly like Schneider as their number 1 guy for the future. Sign Hamhuis and trade him along with a guy like Hartnell maybe for Schneider and Bernier and O'Brien. Both teams get what they want.

  31. reinjosh says:

    Probably the only team in the NHL that could offer him his 10 million.

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