Dougie Hamilton previously expressed his desire to stay in the Carolina Hurricane. Hurricanes have previously expressed an interest in retaining Hamilton. But the door for him to test the open market as a UFA was clearly open when talks between Hamilton, client JP Barry and the Hurricanes were suspended at the start of the season. A source confirmed to Hockey News in May that no negotiations continued for most of the season and into the playoffs. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when I found out on Monday, According to Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman,, the Hurricanes gave Hamilton permission to speak with other teams before the free agency, which led to the possibility of signing and trading.
The opportunity is significant given that the five-day early negotiation window for the suspended UFAs was decimated when the NHL Players Association and the NHL CBA extended last summer. Only the Seattle Kraken have permission to speak with the UFAs before they go to market on July 28. The opportunity to work with Hamilton, then, should impress many teams.
And it’s not just Hamilton’s availability that makes him attractive, of course. It is a very valuable asset with all the qualities that an NHL team aspires to in self-defense. He’s really a 6-foot-6, 229-pound mammoth shot. He moves very well for such a huge guy. He’s the top scorer in his position, leading all of the NHL D-men over the past four years despite the fact that he missed 21 games with a broken leg last year. It’s not a classic scary, but it does make its long reach an asset. His secret stats make him look better than an eye examination. Over the past three seasons, of the 219 defenders who have played 1,000 minutes or more in 5v5, Hamilton has ranked first in goals, shots and attempts to dash out all 60; second place in terms of individual scoring opportunities and rebounds created for all 60; 6th in high-risk single shot attempts per 60; and 12The tenth With points per 60. He was arguably the best league-playing driver in his position during that time. The Canes have outpaced opponents 140-102 in 5-on-5 with Hamilton on the ice in the past three seasons, with a scoring chances difference of plus-429.
One season ago, right-hand man Alex Petrangelo scored a seven-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights for $8.8 million, naturally comparable during Hamilton’s talks. But Hamilton has had an even bigger impact on the game in recent seasons and at 28 this Thursday is about 2.5 years younger than Petrangelo who has been in his career. If we anticipate Hamilton’s value, then, Petrangelo’s AAV value should be the floor, not the ceiling, though the intangibles Petrangelo envisions as the trophy winner’s lead equalize it.
So, can Carolina retain her most important man of defense? Maybe, but it’s complicated. Theoretically, the Canes venture has roughly $28 million in off-season cover space, but GM Don Waddell should make that money go a long way. Left winger star Andrei Svechnikov is RFA. Even if he picks up the blockbuster bridge deal in three years, it should come at an AAV price of $6 million or more. Canes also had 0.0 NHL goalkeepers signed for 2021-22, such as UFA’s Petr Mrazek and James Reimer, and most importantly, No. 1 goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic is RFA. Strikers Jordan Martinock and Brooke McGinn hit the open market as well. So it’s not as if Carolina could spend $9 million in Hamilton without pausing to think about it for a moment.
So, if we see a new recording, circulation, and title scenario for Hamilton, what would be the most appropriate difference?
Consider the difference below, and if some of the justifications sound familiar, it’s no coincidence, as these are many of the same teams I’ve recently listed as Possible landing sites for Seth Jones.
Possible aggressive action
The Blackhawks are financially resilient for the first time in ages, with help from Brent Seabrook’s unofficial retirement, which will allow them to hoard Seabrook’s $6.875 million on LTIR. General Manager Stan Bowman wants to speed up his team’s rebuilding so he can climb the competition ladder at the Western Conference while star Patrick Kane still has good years to come. Given that the Blackhawks have been, statistically, the worst defensive team in hockey over the past two seasons, they might be desperate enough to outbid anyone with Hamilton.
The pilots needed a suitable man of defense from the right to cope with the duty of a higher husband along with Ivan Provorov. Their D-corps haven’t been the same after Matt Niskanen unexpectedly retired before the season, and they’re hungry to get back into contender mode after a shockingly disappointing 2020-21 season in which they missed the playoffs. They, like the Black Hawks, are an obvious suitor to Seth Jones, too. Jones is younger, but Hamilton is getting better defensively over the past few seasons. It would be better if coach Alain Vinault wanted to calm things down in front of goalkeeper Carter Hart.
The fourth period lists the aircraft Among the teams that were expected to contact Buddle about Hamilton, and it was confirmed. Bluelin Winnipeg’s right-hand side has been exhausted since the massive exodus of 2019: Jacob Troba (trade), Dustin Byvoglin (injury) and Tyler Myers (free agency). Hamilton’s superb game would boost Jets’ shaky score 5 to 5. They ranked 22second abbreviation In predicted goals per 60 this season, and with a leaky defense relying heavily on goalkeeper Conor Hellebuek, he has had the fifth highest projected goals for 60.
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There is a good case for a re-signing of Adam Larson after he realized his potential as a defensive man, for sure. But with him and good teammate Tyson Barry set to become UFAs, there is room on the depth chart and payroll for Hamilton, in theory, especially if the Oilers are willing to allow Evan Bouchard and his entry-level contract to occupy the full-time roster next season. With growing concern about the Oilers burning out the crucial early years of superstars Conor McDavid and Leon Drysitl, it would make sense for GM Ken Holland to throttle his squad and try to push his heavyweight squad deep into the post-season. Playing Hamilton and Darnell a nurse for 30 minutes a night sounds like a great recipe to win more playoff rounds in the future.
Toronto Maple Leafs
If we view Toronto’s off-season plan based on GM’s Kyle Dupas comments in his availability to the media at the end of the season, it doesn’t look like he wants to trade one of his key strikers, not after a season where he was second place John. Tavares lost in the playoffs after two bouts. It looks like Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander will get another chance together. Are the Leafs still considering making a bold move in hopes of ending their first-round defeat steak after five years? Defenseman Morgan Rielly is a key member of the team’s leadership group, but is entering the final season of his contract. The Leafs have the flexibility to swap left for right as well, because TJ Brodie is a left wing player who plays the right side and can bounce back if needed.
Will the Rielly trade for Hamilton happen? It’s highly unlikely, hence the Leafs relegated to the “clickbait” category.
Too soon to rebuild?
Detroit Red Wings
Steve Yzerman, Red Wings general manager, has indicated he is willing to add a big name but only if he is a young player with an ascendancy who can be an essential contributor for years to come. The Jakub Vrana trade fulfilled those qualifications. For this reason, I’ve included the Red Wings in Jones’ list of potential suitors, but Hamilton feels like more of an extension since he’s 16 months older and likely will cost more. He turns 28 later this week, and Jones turns 27 in October.
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings, full of promising prospects, are ready to start climbing the expected weaker Pacific Division in the NHL next season. It’s almost time for GM Rob Blake to start supplementing his youth with extra veteran pieces, whether he starts the process this summer or next. Hamilton will increase a Kings D-Corps that needs more action, but they already have a right alpha shot making $11 million a year at Drew Doughty. It’s hard to imagine Blake, who has been arguably the most conservative GM in the NHL since taking over in 2017, paying $20 million to the right side of his defense corps.
Columbus blue jackets
The Blue Jackets are expected to trade Jones before next month’s draft after Jones’ camp indicated to GM Jarmo Kekalainen that Jones has no intention of re-signing after his contract expires a year from now. If Blue Jackets wanted to replace his production outright, Hamilton would be a perfect fit. Thus, if the Cup contender’s Hurricanes only wanted to move Hamilton if they knew they could put together a viable alternative… would the double-signal and trade-off work here? New Hamilton deal, extension starting in 2022-23 for Jones? In hockey, both teams might come out happy in this scenario. The question is whether Hamilton wants to sign a long-term agreement with the Columbus franchise in disarray.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils throw the damned 2020-21 season out the window and expect to recover with better luck from illness and injury next season. The stability of their defense corps with long-term partner T. Smith is sure to speed up its rebuilding. See-wise, they’d be able to spend pretty much anyone on Hamilton, too, with a $37.6 million forecast. They can even afford to offer the final season of PK Subban Hurricanes as a temporary solution And the He ate half of his $9 million cap to smooth the Hamilton takeover.