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303 QUICK POLL: Which former Pred do you want to win the Stanley Cup?

10 years ago, in the first round of the draft, a Prince George Cougars defenseman named Dan Hamhuis took the stage and donned an NHL sweater for the first time. He was drafted by a Nashville Predators organization that was only three years old. Fast forward nine years and the guy who earned the nickname “Hammer” became expendable thanks to the emergence of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. Despite his 161 points and relatively consistent defensive play during those six years in Music City, Hamhuis caught the ire of the fan base with mental gaffes that were all too frequent for a guy who wanted Weber and Suter like money.

General Manager David Poile made the smart decision by letting Hamhuis walk. If he re-signed Hamhuis, that left less money to re-sign Weber and Suter over the next two years. So Poile traded his rights just days before he became an unrestricted free agent to the Philadelphia Flyers for fellow defenseman Ryan Parent. The Flyers, however, couldn’t come to terms with Hamhuis either so they dealt him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third round pick. But negotiations were unsuccessful there as well and he became a free agent. Hamhuis would eventually sign a six-year, $27 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Those same Canucks are now in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Parent, by the way, was dealt to Vancouver with Jonas Andersson for Shane O’Brien who became a staple on the Predators blueline throughout the 2010-11 season. Parent and Andersson played a grand total of eight games for the Canucks and neither are on their playoff roster.

And then there’s the other team still standing. The Boston Bruins.

Rarely is there a player who played less than 75 games wearing your jersey that leaves a lasting impression. Rich Peverley, claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009, is one of those rare players. Peverley never really got a shot with Nashville but went on to score 90 points over the next season and a half with his new club. Furthermore, his 55 points in 2009-10 would’ve led the Preds in scoring. So…. yeah.

The lasting impression reference is in regards to the Predators organization letting someone with talent go for nothing in return. Ryan Jones (claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010) was considered “the next Rich Peverley” and, after scoring 18 goals last season, inked a new two-year deal yesterday. And, when the Preds choose not to re-sign center Cal O’Reilly in the off-season, he’ll almost certainly become “the next Rich Peverley.”

The undrafted center was traded earlier this year to the Bruins in exchange for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. While Wheeler went onto tally 17 points in 23 games with Atlanta, Peverley is now exactly where Wheeler would like to be: playing for Lord Stanley.

So which former Nashville Predator are you rooting for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final? Rich Peverley who had such a promising future before Nashville let him go for nothing? Or Dan Hamhuis who was home grown and played six solid years at 501 Broadway?



  1. Link

    May 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Peverley is a man that we never really got to know and my final taste of Hamhuis was a bitter one. Watching him play in the 09-10 season with Klein was a trying event. So, I would have to say that between the two I would like to see Pevs get the Cup. He is a skilled player that was up and down from Milwaukee, and spent some time on the scratch list with the Predators and could never find traction. Next, he gets claimed off waivers, has a couple of good seasons, and then get moved up the Boston. He’s a bit of an underdog player and I prefer cheering for him over Dan ‘name your salary” Hamhuis.

    Ultimately, I just want Tim Thomas to win the Cup.

  2. DanDBradley

    May 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Peverly. I agree with Link, we never knew Peverly like we should have…

    …but Hamhuis did the one thing Nashville Predators hockey players never do. He disrespected the fans here. Hope Tyler Seguin undresses him after Chara’s shot impales his hip pad.

  3. DFash

    May 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

    No way do I root for Hamhuis after the last two sucky years he gave us and the way he threw the Nashville fans under the bus just to get a laugh out of his new following. I also remember how disappointed he looked when the Predators drafted him. People keep saying he didn’t mean what he said and looked like he instantly regretted his words. If that’s the case then please point me out to the public apology.

    I’ll root for Peverly in a heartbeat over that sap sucking, own goal scoring, out of position jerk Hamhuis any day.

  4. PattyPred

    May 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    No way will I cheer for Hamhuis. I want Pevs and Tim Thomas to lift the SC

  5. John

    May 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Pevs, next question. Go B’s!!!!!

  6. Kyle

    May 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I want Peverley to win it, but we all know Vancouver (Hammer) is going to.

  7. james

    May 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I root for Vancouver to win. I want the team that beats us to win it all so you can say you were at least beaten by the best. However, Hammy sucks. I will turn off the tv when he gets to pick it up.

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