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LOS ANGELES -- To recap the incredibly strange journey of Dan Hamhuis(notes):

His unrestricted free agent rights were traded by the Nashville Predators to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 19 for defenseman Ryan Parent(notes) and a conditional 2011 draft pick -- the condition reportedly being that the Flyers signed him.

Six days later, the contract impasse between the Flyers and Hamhuis had become so dire that they sought to move him during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. They found a taker in the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, who sent a third-round 2011 pick to the Flyers.

So, in essence, the Flyers traded 23-year-old former first-round pick Ryan Parent for a third-round pick from what should be a playoff team next season. And, in the process, may have given the Penguins a valuable addition to their blue line -- especially if Sergei Gonchar(notes) prices himself out of Pittsburgh.

Tim Panaccio reports that Hamhuis's agent Wade Arnott is looking for a four-year deal worth at least $16 million for Hamhuis. Cap Geek has the Penguins with roughly $11.4 million in cap space with at least six players from their lineup last season unrestricted.

Stick-tap to Keith M. for the "Hot Potato" moniker. 

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