Flyers aim to sign Hamhuis before the NHL draft

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Panaccio of
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 “We decided to round up on Monday and go from there.”

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.

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.

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

Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

Jonas Gustavsson
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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.