Major Moves Affecting Rangers

June 19, 2010, by

2 big moves that affect the Rangers  took place today. The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Dan Hamhuis for Ryan Parent. If Hamhuis does not sign for the Flyers (here’s hoping) Nashville also give Philly a 7th. I dont see how the Flyers can sign him unless big ticket forwards are in play, out of Philly. A bold move by GM Paul Holmgren and although Hamhuis is a good player im not sure he addresses Phillys needs (goaltending, goaltending, goaltending).

In another move, Nashville have sent Jason Arnott back to New Jersey for prospect Matt Hallischuk and a 2nd round pick. Quite a price for a 35 year old but Arnott is durable, big, familar with New Jersey and did i mention big? Personally i dont like this from a Rangers perspective. Jersey just got tougher, deeper and simply better. Does this mean the Devils have given up bringing back Kovalchuk? You have to think so as no cap was moved to Nashville in the deal thus meaning Jersey simply took on $$$. It also tells me Jersey are going for it next year. Arnott doesnt represent the future and they give up a good pick (the 2nd is 2011) and Hallischuk was a good prospect who won WJC gold with Canada.

With Philly and Jersey active it will be interesting to see if the Rangers follow suit. The Atlantic just got harder.


  1. Dave says:

    The Devils have the cap space to bring back Kovalchuk, but it doesn’t look like they will be.

    Also, Philly has enough cap space to have everyone under contract.

    I don’t like these deals at all, but I don’t mind the Rangers standing pat. I actually just finished writing my feelings on this, it will post tomorrow :).

  2. Dave says:

    But, as for this year, these moves really move the Rangers out of the running for contention in the division. They are still a few years away, I’m ok with the Rangers not making bold moves like this to keep up.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      agreed. we’re not one move away from a cup run so im ok too. Happy for teams like jersey to dish out picks and prospects for short term gains. i thought they’d make a run at it one more time in Brodeurs tenure too.

  3. Brian says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how the Flyers continue to make moves that focus on improving their defense and offense with little regard for their goaltending. If this means that Leighton returns then I hope that they sign Hamhuis.

    As far as the Devils are concerned, I think Arnott will definitely make them harder to play against. This is a good move, albeit in the short term.