Philadelphia Flyers Bolster Defense by Trading for Dan Hamhuis

June 20th, 2010 by David Rosenblum Leave a reply »
If the Flyers want to return to the Finals next season and beat the Blackhawks, they know they can't rely on four defensemen for the entire playoffs.

On Saturday, the Flyers announced their plan for the off-season: Build a stronger team that has the ability to contend for the Cup yet again through free agency. With no picks in next week’s NHL Draft until the third round, the Flyers knew that free agency was going to be key to their success next season.

After the playoffs, it was apparent that there were three holes on this team. First and foremost, the Flyers need a solid goaltender that can be a No. 1. Next, they need to develop James van Reimsdyk and/or bring in another forward who has some scoring potential and who can float between the top three lines. Finally, after relying on the “Core Four” for the playoffs, the Flyers realized that they need another top defenseman.

Well, we can cross one of the three needs off the list. The Flyers traded the injury-plagued Ryan Parent for the rights to six-year veteran Dan Hamhuis. For the past six seasons, Hamhuis has been the most reliable and consistent defenseman on a Nashville Preda ...

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