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Flyers aim to sign Hamhuis before the NHL draft

Jun 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Tim
Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com
is reporting that negotiations between
the Flyers and Dan Hamhuis’ agent will start right away on Monday with
the intention of getting a contract worked out in time for next week’s
NHL draft. Says agent Wade Arnott:

“We had some
discussion, albeit in its infancy stage,” Arnott told
CSNPhilly.com. “We decided to round up on Monday and go from there.”

Arnott
said “anything is possible” regarding whether a deal could be in place
before the draft ended next weekend.

There was some
speculation a few months ago when the Flyers originally tried to acquire
Hamhuis that the defensemen didn’t want the pressure of playing in
Philadelphia; his agent says that isn’t true and that Hamhuis is just
looking for the best fit for him. With the amount of talent that the
Flyers have acquired on the blue line and the emphasis they put on
defense, you have to believe that Philadelphia would indeed make sense
for Hamhuis.

Said
Hamhuis today after the trade:

“I think Philly
has an unbelievable defense corps,” said Hamhuis. “To
join a corps 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. Watching the playoffs, having a great defense
will get you a long way.”

Perhaps seeing the Flyers
in the playoffs, they way the team and the players carried themselves
through so much adversity bolstered his belief in the team and changed
his mind about Philadelphia being a place he wished to play.

The
Flyers will have to make some moves in order to have enough space under
the salary cap in order to pay Hamhuis, although you wonder in what
order Philly will be making those moves. Will they sign Hamhuis first
then be forced to move salary? Either way the Flyers will not have the
upper hand in negotiations as teams know that the Flyers need to dump
salary.

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