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Dan Hamhuis – Flyer or Foe?

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by tangentman

On June 19th, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers acquired the negotiating rights to Dan Hamhuis from Nashville (along with a conditional 2011 7th round pick) for Ryan Parent’s rights in an exchange of soon to be unrestricted free agent defensemen. Next year’s pick goes from Nashville to Philly if Hamhuis does not sign with the Flyers.

Nashville GM David Poile reportedly received many inquiries as to the availability of Hamhuis, but wouldn’t give teams permission to speak to either the player or his agent, Wade Arnott, before a trade. Holmgren made the deal anyway, with serious contract negotiations to start on Monday the 21st.

Here we are on Thursday and the only news is that there is no deal yet. Hamhuis is said to be looking for between $4.5 and $5 millions per year, which is probably a bit more than the Flyers are willing to offer given their tight salary cap situation. This could be remedied by trading salary from Philly’s roster, and Jeff Carter’s name is being bandied about in such discussions among the fans and media, but Carter’s production would be hard to replace in the lineup.

The negotiations continue, but if Holmgren feels that the money and/or years aren’t right for the Flyers, he still has options:

1) Trade Hamhuis’ rights at the draft. The Flyers don’t pick until the 3rd round, and Hamhuis (whether alone or in a package) could fetch them an earlier pick plus a player or prospect.

2) If no deal is to be made at the draft, he can still be traded before July 1st, when he would officially become a free agent. Unless of course some cap room opens up and Hamhuis becomes a Flyer.

I would really like to see Hamhuis as a Flyer next year. With Pronger and Carle paired up, having a Timonen/Hamhuis tandem as the #2s would be strong. Philly would have a lot of cap space tied up in their defense though…

As I’m writing this, I’m getting tweeted rumors that Hartnell is in play to LA for goalie Jon Quick plus, and that Holmgren is talking with Michael Leighton’s agent. A Quick/Leighton goaltending corps? That there’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, and a blog of its own…

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The Coach’s Next Step

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2009 by tangentman

Nine games into Peter Laviolette’s stint behind the Flyers’ bench as head coach and the team is a measly 2-6-1, playing the same uninspired brand of hockey that put John Stevens out of a job.

Laviolette has come in and done some things differently than Stevens – players are being held accountable at practice for in-game stupidity, for one.  Is it helping?  Nope.  The same players are making the same mistakes; it’s the only point of consistency this team is showing, and it truly sucks to watch.

There has been talk of a trade to shake things up a bit, but who gets dealt?  There are so many No Trade Clauses and lengthy contracts on this roster – and don’t forget the Salary Cap – that the choices are limited.  Personally, I don’t think a trade would do the trick, but at this point it’s moot due to the NHL’s Holiday Trade Embargo that is currently in place, and doesn’t get lifted until January 9th, I believe.  (EDIT – Players can be traded again starting December 28th.  Do some research, blogger.  *shakes head in shame*)

It’s time for Laviolette to start giving guys a different perspective on game day – a view from on-high.  Yes, the dreaded ‘healthy scratch’.  “You get to watch the game from the press box tonight.”  Not necessarily as punishment, but as a learning experience in some cases.  Scott Hartnell could use a game or two upstairs for both reasons, and he’s just one example.  Braydon Coburn, quite possibly, might benefit from seeing a game from a different angle, too.

Maybe that’s not the answer, but really, what else can be tried?  These guys need to get their heads out of their asses and start playing as a team before it’s too late – and that day approaches faster with each passing piss-poor effort they come out with.