This afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired the negotiation rights to Dan Hamhuis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ryan Parent and a conditional draft pick. Obviously the conditional draft pick is completely dependent upon whether or not the Flyers can sign Hamhuis to an extension.
Regardless, as a Senators fan, this story's important to follow for two reasons:
- The trade sets a precedent for the value of an impending unrestricted free agent defenceman.
- With the completion of the deal, it's become imperative from a public relations standpoint for the Flyers GM, Paul Holmgren, to sign Hamhuis to a contract.