Saturday, June 19, 2010

Flyers acquire rights to free-agent defenseman Hamhuis

Courtesy of The Sports Network

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Dan Hamhuis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent.

The Flyers have exclusive negotiation rights until July 1 to sign the coveted defenseman. If Philadelphia is not successful and Hamhuis signs with another team, the Flyers will receive a conditional draft pick from the Predators.

Hamhuis, 27, registered five goals and 24 points in 78 regular-season games in 2009-10, adding two assists in six playoff contests.

The 12th overall pick in 2001, Hamhuis has 32 goals and 129 assists in 483 career games for Nashville.

Parent, 23, rejoins the team that originally selected him 18th overall in the 2005 draft. He was acquired by the Flyers from Nashville in the Peter Forsberg trade on February 15, 2007.

In 102 career games for Philadelphia, Parent amassed one goal and six assists. His blunder on a Blackhawks goal early in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals all but ended his Flyers career. Parent played less than a minute in that game following the gaffe, and was a healthy scratch for the remainder of the series.

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