Hamhuis gone, time for a goalieby Eric Schwartz
Dan Hamhuis wanted Chris Pronger type playing time. The Flyers were unwilling to promise him that.
Now Hamhuis is on the Penguins.
The Flyers traded Hamhuis for a third round pick a week after acquiring one of the top free agent defensemen on the market. Since the Flyers and Hamhuis could not agree on terms the team was forced to send him packing to make sure they got something out of a deal that had already cost them Ryan Parent.
After the draft Flyers GM Paul Holmgren had this to say to reporters:
“The one thing I’m a little disappointed in is the Hamhuis thing,” Holmgren said. “We took our shot at him. It didn’t look like it was going to work out, so we moved his rights. I don’t think it had anything to do with our cap situation. But [he] may come around again on July 1. Who knows? He might be a free agent on July 1 like he is scheduled to be.”
With the whole Hamhuis drama now behind them the Flyers have turned their focus back to goaltending. The team has has exclusive rights on Evgeni Nabokov and is also considering Boston’s Tim Thomas according to this philly.com article. Even with the rights to Nabokov, the word is that the goalie is nowhere close to signing a deal and that he plans to test the free agent market.
Most fans would bee happy with Nabokov or Thomas coming to town as each would represent an upgrade over the team’s current situation.
Though Nabokov is on the wrong side of 35 I still believe he is the best option on the market and a guy that the team will ultimately end up with. With free agency set to begin on Thursday it is a sure bet that whatever direction the Flyers are going in will be made clear this week.