Holmgren gets his man
The Flyers have officially reunited defenseman Ryan Parent, who they acquired in the Forsberg trade just before sending Nashville’s first back to them in order to ink Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell, with the organization that drafted him. Parent was due for a raise this offseason, and due to a number of seemingly chronic injuries, he was not performing as well as the team would have liked. In return, the Flyers walked away with Hamhuis and a conditional pick in 2011.
Hamhuis, right now, is an unrestricted free agent, but most are confident he will sign. This is the guy that Holmgren has wanted for a long time, and there is a good reason for it. He also happened to be Timonen’s partner back when Timonen was with Nashville.
Why did the Flyers want Hamhuis with Pronger, Timonen, Coburn, and Carle already in the top four? Let’s check the tape.
A former 1st round pick (12th overall) by Nashville in 2001, Hamhuis was raised by the biggest producer of grade-A defenseman in the NHL. Nashville has produced some of the best defensemen in the league for a while now, and Hamhuis was going to be one of the most sought after free-agent defensemen this summer.
Holmgren, never complacent, decided to strike first.
Hamhuis, if signed, becomes the third best defenseman on the team immediately with Coburn on his heels. Carle is back there somewhere as well. At this point though, both Coburn and Hamhuis need new contracts. One has to believe either Carle or Coburn is on the move. The Flyers will need to clear salary to keep Hamhuis, and they still need to find a goalie.
Vancouver, who desperately wanted Hamhuis, might be looking to trade for Coburn now. High-end goaltending prospect Cory Schneider would almost have to be included in that deal even if he likely can’t be the starter in Philadelphia immediately.
There are other directions for the Flyers to go though. Recently Coburn rejected a two-year offer which leaves further speculation on the table, but Holmgren likely would have gone after Hamhuis regardless. The biggest task now is to get him signed and see what else will be moved.
Contract talks begin Monday.
Montreal Saga Over
When Montreal traded Jaroslav Halak for Giroux-esque prospect Lars Eller out of St. Louis, the created drama between the Flyers and Canadiens was officially over. Lars Eller has quite a bit of talent, but in the end, he is effectively a lesser version of Giroux, who the Canadiens wanted for Halak or Price. The Flyers weren’t about to cave, and the Blues were in a much better position to make this trade than the Orange and Black, who have very few bluechip forwards in the prospect pool.
Now we know that neither Halak or Price will be coming to Philly. Right now rumors say that the Flyers are heavily in talks with Los Angeles over either Quick or Bernier. Keep in mind that LA is one of the teams that has always liked Scott Hartnell.
Carter not to be moved
There is a tweet floating around from the man when it comes to hockey rumors, Bob McKenzie, that Carter is not going to be moved by Philadelphia. That’s good enough for me. I didn’t really expect him to be on the block anyway.
Regardless, there are more moves coming.