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.
As a follow up to the Most Frustrating Team, let’s go with a dream team article. List the greatest players to ever play the game on 4 forward lines, 3 defensive pairs, 2 goalies, and you can have extras or honorable mentions if you like, all while ignoring any salary issues that may or may not have come up.
Over the next two weeks, the Maple Leafs hope to enhance their roster substantially, thus increasing the chances the club’s absence from post-season play will be halted at a rather ugly seven years.
See, that’s one way to get people to stop talking about the club’s 43-year Stanley Cup drought. Start a new sub-drought of even more dubious distinction.
Not surprisingly, given that he has signed all kinds of free agents over the past 16 months and made the two of the NHL’s biggest trades of last season to bring Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf into the fold, president/GM Brian Burke has some extensive hopes and dreams for the next two weeks, a fortnight bisected by the NHL entry draft next Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli once again reiterated that he will explore the trade market to improve the team and, with a plethora of first and second round picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft next Friday and also in 2011, he is positioned to do so. “The fact that we’ve got a number of them this year and next year, I’m looking to the trade market to make some changes, and in all likelihood, it will involve some picks,” Chiarelli pointed out. “So it gives me some flexibility knowing we’re going to get a top-end talent, still have picks next year [and possibly get a current NHLer].”