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Preds GM Thinks It Will Be Difficult To Keep Hamhuis

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Hamhuis, 27, made $2.5 million in 2009-10 and soon could become an unrestricted free agent. His contract is set to expire June 30, and several teams are expected to show interest and offer more money if Nashville doesn’t sign him before the deadline.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Poile said. “But I’d like to continue having conversations this week and possibly reach out to Dan next week before we take our final position.”

Hamhuis’ agent, Wade Arnott, said discussions have been positive and ongoing.

“The club had always advised Dan and myself that they would address his situation at season’s end, after they had a chance to meet as a group in management and with ownership,” Arnott said. “I believe they’ve met among management and have some ongoing meetings with ownership. I expect to have more positive dialogue leading up to July 1, if it gets that far.”

Should Hamhuis, who just completed his sixth season with Nashville, leave town, there will be more tough calls to make.

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Leo_Racicot's avatar

I feel sorry for folks who have embraced the Preds as their favorite upon their inception as a franchise or anytime since.

This team dolled out a measley 47m in salaries last season despite being in the thick of the playoff hunt all year; they’re currently committed to 41m for next season.  There’s no reason a guy like Hamhuis shouldn’t be brought back into the fold given their roster payments and pending FA’s following next season.  The fact is, this team can’t commit to anything finanically because they can’t support a franchise without major assistance from other teams around the NHL.

What you’re left with is a well coached team with a few extremely talented players and an owner who has both hands tied behind his back financially.  It’d be foolish to believe that this team will ever advance further than the second round of the playoffs given the lack of depth on the roster and the inability for that issue to be addressed.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/09/10 at 11:27 AM ET

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Agreed.  It is very scary to think how good that franchise could be if they actually did spend to the cap.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 06/09/10 at 11:52 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I agree and will feel badly for true Nashville hockey fans (the ones who don’t throw hats after the 2nd goal) all summer long until the season starts back up.  With their defensive corps, goaltending, and coach, they could be one of the top teams in the conference, but they can’t commit the kind of dollars to bring in enough talent to pull it all together. 

I can’t say the current CBA is completely at fault for this failure, but there’s language in it that makes it make more sense for Nashville to stay under the salary mid-point than to spend closer to the cap.  This isn’t what fans were promised.  Barry Trotz should get Jack Adams consideration year-after-year and probably should have won it a handful of times by now for keeping Nashville this competitive for this long.  No coach in the league consistently does more with less like he does.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/09/10 at 12:06 PM ET

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