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.