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Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dan Hamhuis

Hamhuis.jpgDan Hamhuis was a popular name at the trade deadline, as the
Nashville Predators fielded a number of offers to trade the talented
defenseman. In the end though, no offer was good enough and the
Predators stuck with him, knowing there was a chance that they would
lose Hamhuis for nothing this summer in free agency.

Turns out the
Predators just had to wait a few months, as news broke this morning
that the Philadelphia Flyers sent defenseman Ryan Parent to Nashville in
exchange for exclusive negotiating rights to Hamhuis and a 2011
conditional draft pick.

Parent saw limited minutes with
Philadelphia in the playoffs and played just 41 seconds in the entire
series against the Chicago Blackhawks. On an already deep blueline, he
was expendable and a useful tool to get the rights to one of the better
defensemen in the NHL.

The conditional pick is contingent on the
Flyers signing Hamhuis; if he does indeed become a free agent then the
Flyers essentially traded Parent for a seventh-round draft choice next
season. A win all around.

What’s interesting about this trade was
that the Flyers were right there in the midst of the trade deadline
rumors for Hamhuis but were unwilling to part with the pieces the
Predators wanted. While he would have been an enormous boost for the
playoffs, the Flyers now have the chance to bolster one of the deepest
blue lines in the NHL.

Hamhuis isn’t a big, offensive powerhouse
from the blue line but is capable of being one of the best shut down
defensemen in the NHL. He’s also incredibly durable, missing just seven
games in six full seasons with the Predators. He is coming off a
four-year, $8 million contract and you have to believe he’s wanting
significantly more than that, as at age 27 he’s entering the prime of
his career with a chance to sign a relatively big contract.

Flyers currently sit $8 million under the cap for next season with 17
players under contract.

Predators sign Francise Bouillon to two-year contract extension

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Bouillie.jpgThe Nashville Predators announced that they have signed veteran
defenseman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract extension worth $2.7
million. He has spent most of his career in Montreal, with the exception
of playing four games in Nashville in 2002 before signing with the
Predators in 2009. He appeared in 81 games last season, scoring just
three goals and eight assists on the season.

He’s never been considered an offensive threat, but has always been
one of the bigger hitters in the NHL. It’s a decent contract for the
veteran and gives the Predators some stability on the blue line moving

Here’s the press release:

Nashville, Tenn. (June
18, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General
Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman
Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract worth $2.7 million. The
Montreal, Quebec native will make $1.2 million in 2010-11 and $1.5
million in 2011-12.

Bouillon, 34 (10/17/75), played a
career-high 81 games for the Predators in 2009-10, ranking second on the
team – and among the Top 20 NHL defensemen – in hits (162), while tying
for third on the Predators in penalty minutes (50). He also posted 11
points (3g-8a), while averaging 19:18 per game a season ago, and played
in all six of Nashville’s 2010 Playoff games.

The most
tenured member of Nashville’s defensive corps, the 5-8, 198-pounder has
played in 566 regular-season games with Nashville and Montreal since
1999, amassing 113 points (24g-89a) and 421 penalty minutes.

Rob Blake formally announces his retirement


Blake3.jpgAfter weeks of knowing this was coming, Rob Blake sat before the
media today in San Jose and formally announced his retirement from the
game of hockey. Courtesy
of David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News:

“It was a dream,” he said of the chance to compete in the NHL, “and I
can sit up here and say I was lucky enough to live it.”

Blake wasn’t emotional during the press conference, stating that he
knew after Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks that he would be
hanging up the skates. He also said that he’s going to take some time
off away from the rink until at least after the Christmas holidays,
before thinking about his next move to get back into hockey in some

Blake also noted that he was grateful to not have injury force him
into retirement. He played in 1,720 NHL games, won a Stanley Cup and
played in eight international tournaments as part of Team Canada. The
Sharks have made it known they’d like to have Blake return to work for
the team sometime in the future.