The Flyers have traded defenseman Ryan Parent back to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in 2011.
Hamhuis can be a free agent July 1, meaning the Flyers now have exclusive negotiating rights with him until them.
“Obviously, our intention is to get him signed prior to that date and that is what our aim is at this point in time,” added general manager Paul Holmgren said. “The sooner that we get going on trying to get this done, the better.”
Hamhuis, 27, recorded 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) and 49 penalty minutes in 78 regular-season games with Nashville in 2009-10. He also posted two assists and two penalty minutes in six games of the Western Conference quarterfinal series with Chicago.
Is trading Ryan Parent for Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in 2011 a good deal for the Flyers?
"Dan Hamhuis is a good all-around defenseman,” said Holmgren. “He has been in Nashville since his draft year. He's a guy who can play lots of minutes and he can play in a lot of different situations, from power play to killing penalties. He is another athlete we'd like to add to our team to continue to improve our defense."
In six full seasons of play in the NHL, all with the Predators, Hamhuis has compiled 32 goals and 129 assists for 161 points and 375 penalty minutes in 483 regular season games, in addition to nine points (1G,8A) and 18 penalty minutes in 28 career playoff games. He was a first-round pick in 2001.
"Obviously it is sad to leave the Predators. I spent some great years with them and it is great organization to be a part of,” said Hamhuis. “I've heard nothing but great things about the city of Philadelphia and the Flyers.
"I think Philly has an unbelievable defensive core,” added Hamhuis. “To join a core like that makes the Flyers one of the tougher ones in the league. To play against the teams from the East, the conference has a lot of great forwards, and watching the playoffs, having a great defense will get you a long way.”
Parent was acquired by the Flyers as part of the Peter Forsberg trade with Nashville.
"I think Ryan is a good kid,” said Holmgren. “He is an extremely hard worker. We certainly thank him for his services and his time here. He has a lot of upside as a player and he is going back to an organization that obviously knows him because they drafted him."