Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dan Hamhuis traded to Philadelphia

We all know that Dan Hamhuis' rights were traded to Philadelphia from Nashville earlier, for a pretty good young defenseman. This trade makes perfect sense for the Flyers, whose real problem in the Cup Finals was their defense.

I know Hamhuis has to say all the right things after a trade, but c'mon, Dan, nobody believes you when you say:

"I've heard nothing but great things about the city of Philadelphia and the Flyers."

That's the city that booed Santa Claus.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren isn't going to win by tinkering with the defense. Whether you have Parent or Hamhuis is pretty well irrelevant when you have a goalie who acts like an obstacle on a miniature golf course. You just have to time the shot right to get it past the clown teeth or the windmill, or between Michael Leighton's legs.

Parent had a rough Finals, but he'll rebound. He's young, he's tough, Pierre McGuire loves him and he's off to play under Barry Trotz, who is to young defensemen as his appetite is to doughnut sales.

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