Flyers Free Agent Preview: Post Dan Hamhuis Trade


Jonothan Quick

This article was written by our new contributor: 610WIP’s Eric ‘Turtle’ Golden.

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired the rights to free agents-to-be on Nashville Predators blueliner Dan Hamhuis. The club announced it had traded defenseman Ryan Parent to Nashville for Hamhuis and a conditional pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“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.”

This Becomes a Positive Sign for the Flyers, Who Needed Much Help on the Blue line during their Cup Run Last season. “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.”

With Hamhuis Now in the loop and probably receiving a deal ranging between 3-5 years for $3-5 mill per year the Flyers as they stand right now should have $4-6 mill Of cap space left to spend to this point. When a cap number is that low, look for the Flyers to try and move a big money contract to not only gain a bit more cap flexibility, but to also garner themselves a goalie or a winger for next years run. Danny Briere($6.5), Simon Gagne($5.2) and Jeff Carter($5) are the three Flyers most likely to be moved via trade.

Goalie Targets: FA

1) Jose Theodore,– A decent regular season, but got pulled again in the playoffs for a younger kid. Wont light the world on fire, but wont necessarily hurt you either.

2) Dan Ellis,- A 29 Year Old Goalie Who has split time for the most part of his career, again a goalie who should not hurt you, but may not be the best bet with the hopes of the cup in the near future.

3) Marty Turco– After several seasons in Dallas, Turco’s performance dropped off in the past couple of years. He might have to accept a backup role and try to work his way back into a starting position

4) Evgeni Nabokov-still has something to offer. The longtime Sharks starter turns 35 in late July, but is coming off perhaps his finest postseason effort.

Via Trade

1) Josh Harding: A soon to be 4th year NHL backup, Harding  just turned 26-years old, some people seem to think he can be ‘The Next Big Thing’ while others believe that he will be nothing more than average. It’s worth a shot if you don’t have to give up the farm for him.

2) Jonathan Quick: The 24-year old Olympic goalie, has shown flashes of greatness but the kings are having trouble deciding who is the goalie of the future, him or Jonathan Bernier. But whoever they decide who is not, the Flyers may jump in and take the other. Either goalie could be the answer to the Flyers problems.

3) Johnathan Brenier: The younger of the two LA goalies(21), was given the starting role for the Kings in their 2007–08 NHL season debut game versus the Anaheim Ducks in London, England. He allowed one goal on 27 shots, earning the win by the final score of 4–1, while being named the second star of the game. Due to the emergence of Quick, the Kings were able to keep Bernier playing with the Manchester Monarchs to season him in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.

2 Responses to “Flyers Free Agent Preview: Post Dan Hamhuis Trade”
  1. games says:

    good post, i like it, very useful, thanks

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