Hamhuis, Flyers Reportedly Not Close On Deal; Defenseman Can Hit Free Agency On July 1

The Nashville Predators have traded soon-to-be free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Philadelphia for defenseman Ryan Parent. According to a report, the two camps are not close on a deal new deal. Hamhuis can hit free agency on July 1.

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Report: Flyers, Hamhuis 'Not Close' On Deal

With six days before free agency officially begins in the NHL, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers brass are reportedly not close to a contract deal with defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Tim Panaccio passed along the news via Twitter.

The Flyers, of course, acquired Hamhuis in a trade on Saturday that saw Ryan Parent head south to Nashville. If Hamhuis doesn't sign before July 1, he'll become a unrestricted free agent, available to any team. For comparison, let's look to the June 2007 trade with Nashville that saw Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen, two guys who were set to hit unrestricted free agency, come to Philadelphia. Almost immediately after that trade, the Flyers agreed to terms with those two players.

Read more at Broad Street Hockey, our Flyers blog.


The Numbers: Can Philly Fit Dan Hamhuis In The Fold?

The questions in Philly today are simple. Can they fit Dan Hamhuis in the mix? From The Rink, our general hockey blog, examines their salary cap situation:

If they resigned Hamhuis -- who could go for anything from $3 -$4.5 million in cap space, that's about $18 - $19 million invested in their top-four defenseman. They'd still have to fill out their blueline by signing a guy or two, and their 11 signed forwards already take up $32.4 million in cap space.

So let's assume the Flyers signed Hamhuis and have $19 million tied up in their top-four defensemen. Then they have to make room for two players, so let's take that to, say $20.5 million. That's 17 players of combined forward and defense for $53 million. Brian Boucher makes 0.5 million, so that brings the total up to 18 players for $53.5 million.

Head to FTR for more.


Predators Fans React To Hamhuis Trade

Nashville Predators fans at our blog, On the Forecheck, aren't too happy with the return they picked up today for Dan Hamhuis.

Once again, the Nashville Predators are bringing a former player of theirs back into the fold, trading Dan Hamhuis to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Ryan Parent, who was originally drafted by Nashville in 2005 (last summer, they brought in Francis Bouillon for a second stint as a Pred). With Hamhuis headed to free agency, and a contract that the Predators cannot afford, this deal mimics the 2007 trade that sent Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to the Flyers. Preds GM David Poile is at least getting some value back as "Hammer" leaves to make his fortune.

Sure, it's some value but a quick venture down into the OtF comments shows the disdain of the fans.

3DLink says, with much agreement following:

As a Preds fan first and Flyers fan second… this is pretty awful. Its hard to think that the absolute best we could get for the rights to Hamhuis was Ryan Parent. I know that Flyers fans are jumping with joy at the prospect of moving Parent even if they only get a 7th round draft pick out of the deal.

Yep. Read more at OtF.


Hamhuis Trade Doesn't Spell The End Of Movement For Flyers

Over at our Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey, they're reacting to today's trade of Ryan Parent to Nashville for the rights to Dan Hamhuis. There's a lot still to be written on the transaction front this summer for Philadelphia, they say.

An excerpt:

So, if the Flyers are to sign Dan Hamhuis, what does that mean for the salary cap? Well, it's expected that Hamhuis wants about $4 million-plus, and if that's the case, the Flyers are going to be very close to the salary cap. Braydon Coburn needs a new contract this summer, so what does this deal mean for him?

Well, when you assume that the Flyers are going to have to re-sign guys like Dan Carcillo, Arron Asham and Darroll Powe (maybe not the same exact guys, but they'll need to hand out contracts worth the same amount of money), in addition to finding a starting goaltender and re-upping Coburn, it looks like they're going to be very, very close to the cap (if not over it) when all is said and done.

The deal could mean a few things, then.

  1. Coburn could be left unsigned. Hamhuis would then replace him, and well, despite Coburn's resurgence in the postseason, that'd be a nice trade off. He's a restricted free agent, so the Flyers would get some compensation. 
  2. Another trade could be in the works. The Flyers could be attempting to move an expensive forward, someone like Jeff Carter or Scott Hartnell, perhaps. The deals might not be done just yet, and if that is the case, well... we can't predict that at all, obviously.

The Flyers just won't sign Hamhuis, and if that happens, they're still getting a seventh round pick for Parent. Some people (hey, Ben) would be just fine with that, too.

Read more at BSH.


Flyers Trade Ryan Parent To Predators For Rights To Dan Hamhuis

Back at the trade deadline, rumors circled around Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Ultimately, general manager David Poile decided that he wanted to keep Hamhuis around for what they hoped would be a deep playoff run.

Today, just two weeks before Hamhuis hits the free agent market, Poile has decided to get something for him. The Predators traded his rights to the Philadelphia Flyers, one of the teams rumored to be in the running for him back in March, in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent, who the Preds drafted 18th overall back in 2005.

If the Flyers don't sign Hamhuis, they will receive a seventh round pick from the Predators for Parent.

Parent had a rough go of things in Philly, suffering several injuries and basically playing himself off the roster during the team's 2010 playoff run. It always seemed like the Predators were still fond of him, though, and that seems kind of apparent now.

Hamhuis is expected to command between $4 and $5 million on his next contract, and that essentially led to his exit in Nashville. Most people didn't really expect him to return, but they don't seem too fond of the return. In Philly, they're wondering if they can afford him at that price. In all likelihood, the Flyers will have to move someone else to fit him in the fold.

If they are able to fit him in without losing Braydon Coburn, the Flyers suddenly have one of the best bluelines in the NHL.

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