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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
On either side of fishin’ magician Brad Treliving, two of the biggest catches of the summer: Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik.
They slipped on their new duds, Hamilton donning No. 27 and Frolik No. 67 (the Brian Burke-imposed mandate against double-digits higher than 40 apparently gone by the boards) to pose for the obligatory grip-’n’-grin photo ops.
The word “excited” was ladled out in generous portions.
“Today,” said Treliving, kicking off a 10 a.m. media availability, “we want to officially introduce both Dougie and Michael to Calgary, to you folks and to our fans.”
Two more reasons for the Calgary Flames’ faithful to at least dream of aiming for the stars.
Rather than reflect on a job well done, sit tight and monitor what was already an encouraging situation, Treliving and his organization refused to stand still, weren’t willing to be satisfied or stay status-quo. The proof was there, in the flesh, Friday.
In this business, it’s been proven, idlers get left behind.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
By acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Flames now have the deepest blue line in the league. On their depth chart, Hamilton is No. 3 behind Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie. Ex-Bruin Dennis Wideman, Kris Russell, and Deryk Engelland round out the six-pack. “In a lot of ways, our blue line carried our team,” Calgary GM Brad Treliving said in a conference call announcing Hamilton’s extension. “Not only just in terms of their play, but a lot of nights, they drove our offense as well. To add a player like Dougie into that mix, you not only look at what he brings, but how it complements the rest of the group. It gives us another tool in the toolbox for the coaching staff to distribute minutes.”
Hamilton is also an internal asset in case negotiations with Giordano go sideways. The No. 1 defenseman will be unrestricted next July 1. He has an average annual value of only $4 million. This will be the 31-year-old Giordano’s final swing at a blockbuster deal. He’ll want big money and term, especially after suffering a season-ending biceps injury in 2014-15. Re-signing Giordano is Calgary’s priority. But talks could always break down. If so, Hamilton is a good Plan B.
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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
“You’re planning for things. You’re aware of things,” Treliving said. “You can’t operate in a world of fear, thinking the sniper’s behind the bush, but you also have to be wise to the ways of the world. And I think we’re in a new world.
“You’re always planning for beyond the next season, planning for things on the horizon and how you’re going to address them.”
In Calgary’s case, the first step would be to sign Gaudreau and Monahan before they become RFAs, which could happen on Canada Day 2016.
To protect themselves, though, they’re making sure they have enough salary-cap space.
As of now, forwards Jiri Hudler and David Jones (both with US$4-million salary-cap hits) are in the final year of their contracts. Same thing goes for goalies Jonas Hiller ($4.5 million) and Karri Ramo ($3.8 million) and defencemen Mark Giordano ($4.02 million) and Kris Russell ($2.6 million).
They won’t be able to — or maybe even want to — keep all those players in the fold beyond next season.
To think, for the past couple of years, the Flames have openly talked about taking on salary for an asset with all their salary-cap space.
“It’s a good thing we didn’t do that,” Treliving admitted. “We’ve hit that stage now (with less cap space on the horizon), and it’s by the play of those young players, they’re going to need new contracts.
“We’ve positioned ourselves where we’ve not got into a pinch.”
via Darren Dreger tweets,
Hamilton extension is 6 yrs and close to $34.5 mil total. Flames pushed for 8 yrs and Hamilton wanted 5. Good compromise.
Yr by yr for Hamilton: 1)$5.5 mil 2)$5.5 mil 3)$5.75 mil 4)$5.75 mil 5) $6 mil 6)$6 mil. Ltd no trade clause in years 5-6.
Bruins made offers on 4-5-6 year terms. Best offer to Hamilton was 6 years at $5.5 average. Obviously both sides believed change was best.
added 2:30pm, Calgary release is below...
via Don Cherry tweets,
Calgary has the best defence in the League now after getting Dougie Hamilton from Boston. Think about it, TJ Brodie from Chatham, Ontario
Mark Giordano from Toronto; Kris Russell from Caroline, Alberta; Dennis Wideman from Kitchener Ontario and of course one of my
favourites Deryk Engelland from Edmonton is there to keep guys honest. Their defence is now better than Chicago’s.
from Darren Haynes of The Calgary Flames - From 80 Feet Above,
In a content feature I call Eight From 80 Feet, I share eight thoughts on the current goings-on with the Calgary Flames. This special edition is dedicated to the huge trade on Friday pulled off by GM Brad Treliving in acquiring Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in exchange for three draft picks.
1. Net Outcome: How to View the Trade
Treliving has always referred to the extra picks he picked up in the Sven Baertschi (for a second round pick) and Curtis Glencross (for a second and a third round pick) trades as "currency" and he spent two-thirds of that extra money to add Hamilton.
If you step back and factor in those two deals, you can essentially view Friday's trade like this.
Flames trade disgruntled LW Sven Baertschi, who said he wasn't going to re-sign with Calgary after this season, pending UFA LW Curtis Glencross, and a 2015 first round draft pick in exchange for D Dougie Hamilton and a 2015 third round draft pick.
If you were undecided on the Hamilton trade before, now how do you view it? If you liked it already, now you must really like it.
Now I said "essentially" because in such a deal, Calgary would still have their own pick at No. 45 on Saturday. Instead, that pick was moved and the second round pick they retained was No. 53, which came from Vancouver. But you get the point and viewed that way, it's hard to evaluate the trade as anything but a massive win for the Flames. Instead of hoping to get a player at 15 that will one day develop into a NHL star, they acquire an established but still very young guy that's well on his way.
Thanks to a KK member for the pointer
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
A year into his tenure, Treliving arrived at this draft armed with a whack of of draft-pick chips to ante and sizeable cap space to play with.
As it turns out, he exploited those assets to full advantage.
“There was a little wrestling back and forth (with Boston GM Don Sweeney),” Treliving said in Florida. “(Draft picks) are important assets. But I look at this as part of our plan going into the deadline — to get additional picks. To me, just looking at the landscape with the cap the way we figured it could be, we thought there might be opportunities and second-round picks would be good capital as you get closer to the draft.
“I’d like to have another one of those second(-round picks) back, but Donnie pushed hard on the deal. At the end of the day, we think it’s fair. We’re excited to get the player.”
Now, folks, understand: This is a 22-year-old Dougie Hamilton, not a 22-year-old Doug(ie) Harvey. Still, he’s a Top 4 NHL defenceman, in his early 20s, whose potential for improvement, particularly inside the sort of incubation environment head coach Bob Hartley has managed to cultivate here, is positively lip-smacking.
With man-mountain Zdeno Chara now 38 and Johnny Boychuk dealt away, Hamilton had been tentatively pencilled in as the B’s next linchpin defenceman, fully worthy of his ninth overall selection in the 2011 draft. He’d posted up a blueline-high 42 points in 72 games for the Bruins last season.
added 3:31pm, Boston press release is below...
added 3:38pm, Calgary release below too...
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