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Where have you been Brian Burke?
from Chris Nichols of FanRag,
During a Monday afternoon appearance on Leafs Lunch on Toronto’s TSN 1050, NHL Insider Bob McKenzie was asked he had heard anything about the Leafs being interested in Dougie Hamilton.
“I’m sure they probably are,” surmised McKenzie. “I mean, listen – they want to improve their defense. If Hamilton is available – and we don’t really know if he is or isn’t. Calgary is definitely listening on Dougie Hamilton. That’s not the same as wanting to trade him. Montreal was listening on P.K. Subban too, as they told us on multiple occasions.
“So I don’t have any evidence to suggest anything is imminent. Would the Leafs like to bolster their blueline? I’m sure they would. That’s the next logical step in the progression for this hockey team.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So this column is about three Canadian franchises, the dangers of dealing with the Boston Bruins, the multi-team legacy of Brian Burke and the importance of knowing where you are at any given time....
So the general topic is hockey. Where this written stream of consciousness began was a glance at the NHL standings, and particularly the fact the Calgary Flames were at the very bottom of the Western Conference looking up at 13 other teams heading into play Friday night.
The scoresheet from Thursday’s loss by the Flames in Tampa Bay revealed that defenceman Dougie Hamilton, the biggest salary cap hit on the club’s backline, had played just under 18 minutes, while four other Calgary blueliners had played at least five minutes more. That’s how it’s been working for a while now for the jittery young star who was acquired from the Bruins at the June draft for a first round pick and two seconds at a time when the Flames were still enjoying the high of a stunningly successful 2014-15 season.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The Flames may be turning it around, but the Dougie Hamilton ice time watch is still a peculiar one.
Hamilton, acquired in a big trade with Boston at the draft, currently owns a larger cap hit than any Calgary defenceman – that will change next season when Mark Giordano’s extension kicks in – but is getting the fifth-most ice time on the Calgary defence. Hamilton is getting more than five minutes less per game than Dennis Wideman, No. 4 on the Flames list.
The return of T.J. Brodie has pushed the 22-year-old Hamilton out of the top four, and his game has been filled with errors, contributing to a minus-9 rating early in the season.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“Dougie Hamilton is coming on a mission, but it’s a mission where there’s still quite a few lessons to learn,” Hartley said. “We haven’t even scratched the surface with Doug Hamilton. He’s a great young man … [but] he’s not the Messiah. He’s just a big part of our hockey club, like every other player.”
If the Giordano-Hamilton duo stays together, and indications are it might, it could be one of the more potent defensive pairings in the NHL, two highly skilled and mobile defencemen who combined to score 90 points in the league last season. Add Dennis Wideman (62 points) and T.J. Brodie (41) and Calgary suddenly boasts the most potent blueline in the league, though Brodie could miss anywhere from a week to a month at the start of the season, recovering from a broken bone, suffered during Monday’s exhibition opener. All the more reason to stockpile depth on the blue line.
Part of what Giordano does so well is help newcomers and young players integrate into the Flames lineup and Hamilton is no exception.
“Whenever you go to a new team, there are differences in the style of play,” Giordano explained. “With defencemen, it’s when to challenge, when to stay between the dots, little things like that. But Dougie’s been great. He’s asked questions when he needs to know something, but he moves and skates so well, it’s easy for him to make those adjustments.
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.
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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.
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from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
Sweeney very well could trade an important player — Loui Eriksson or Milan Lucic, perhaps — to free up cap space.
However, arguably his biggest issue is finding a way to get restricted free agent-to-be Dougie Hamilton under contract. Sweeney spoke with Hamilton’s agent J.P. Barry on Wednesday night and, though the lines of communication are open, it doesn’t sound like a deal is imminent.
While Sweeney would not discuss the content of the meeting, it’s believed some discussion centered around the length of the deal, which would greatly affect the value of the contract. A shorter bridge deal would be cheaper but could cost the Bruins in the long run when Hamilton, who projects to be a consistent point producer, gains arbitration rights.
A shorter deal would buy the cash-strapped Bruins time to move money after some prospects hopefully develop. Perhaps they would feel more comfortable in trading goalie Tuukka Rask in two years time, if Malcolm Subban or Zane McIntyre develops into a No. 1.
A long-term deal could be between $6 and $7 million, pretty steep for a very good offensive-minded defenseman but not quite the complete package yet.
Asked if a long-term or short-term deal was preferable, Sweeney said, “There are two sides to make a good deal. We presented opportunities on both ends of it. We’ll find the right deal.”
Asked if a deal would get done before July 1, and before offer sheets could start coming Hamilton’s way, Sweeney said, “In a perfect world it would be, yeah, but it takes two sides to make a deal and we’re going to continue to explore that and communicate in order to find the right deal.”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
A two-year deal in the $4.5-5 million per season range would give the young D-man a nice bump to recognize the offensive breakthroughs Hamilton made while notching 10 goals and 42 points in 72 games last season. But it would also acknowledge what everybody knows about Hamilton: that the youngster still has some strides to make with work in the D-zone and decision-making with the puck.
The most obvious candidate to attempt luring Hamilton away with an offer sheet would be Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have also shown keen interest in the potential restricted free agent.
The real lack of young, potential future No. 1 defenseman and the fairly reasonable compensation of just a first round pick, a second pick and a third round pick for any contract under $7.3 million per season could turn those teams into proactive buyers. There’s also a number of new GM’s in new spots over the last couple of seasons, and that could change the surprising lack of activity in the RFA market over the years.
There are many around the league watching this Hamilton/Bruins situation play out with great interest.
“Every team is looking for that big, mobile, puck-moving defenseman that’s capable of getting 35-50 points, you know?” said one NHL front office member outside of Boston. “If I’m another team and I have a chance to get him, obviously with the CBA there are different things you can do to make that happen like offer sheets. I think he’s in a good spot for himself. As far as the [Bruins] organization goes, I wouldn’t want to be the guy that lost him.
“When you look at the [offer sheet] compensation, it’s not bad compensation for a guy [in Hamilton] who’s going to play 25 minutes a night and can move the puck like that.”
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
One of the knocks on former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was that he overpaid for too many of his players.
But what’s the first order of personnel business for successor Don Sweeney? Well, it just might be to overpay someone.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton is a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights. He can field offer sheets, however. Those, of course, are a rarity in the NHL. But in an informal survey of a handful of hockey insiders last week — ones with no direct connection to the situation — opinions were mixed as to whether Hamilton would receive an offer sheet. Noting how few and far between offer sheets have been, two of the people we polled believed that history would hold and no GM would stick his neck out and make a blood enemy of a rival team. But others believed that, considering the very thin UFA market for defensemen (see: Mike Green and Cody Franson), the 21-year-old Hamilton could very well garner an offer. Brent Seabrook, should the cash-strapped Blackhawks decide to move him, would be the best get of the summer. But after him, it would be Hamilton.
Whether or not an offer sheet materializes, the threat is very real. That could be enough to make the Bruins pay more than they’d like and more than the player deserves despite being up against the cap.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- Re-signing Dougie Hamilton will be one of Sweeney’s priorities. It won’t be easy. Through three seasons, 178 games of NHL play have given both sides a good idea of Hamilton’s future value. Hamilton, who will turn 22 on June 17, projects to become the Bruins’ version of Victor Hedman: a big, mobile, three-zone defenseman with shutdown ability to complement scoring touch. Defensemen like that make a lot of money. Hedman is currently on his second contract: $20 million over five years. That is where the conversation starts with Hamilton. The final price is likely to be higher. One agent pegged Hamilton’s asking price at north of $5 million annually. The Bruins would prefer Hamilton’s salary to be closer to Jonas Brodin’s annual average value of $4,166,667.
- The notion sounds so goofy that it should be promptly dismissed. Steven Stamkos is Tampa Bay’s captain and signature player. But there is chatter wondering if Stamkos’s eventual blockbuster contract — he will be a UFA on July 1, 2016 — would be steep enough to prompt the Lightning to deal their captain. This speaks to several things: Stamkos’s asking price, uncertainty about the salary cap in the future, and Tampa’s depth. Stamkos’s threshold is $10.5 million, the annual numbers that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will earn starting next season. Stamkos is just as important to his club as Toews and Kane are to theirs. He probably deserves more. But the two Chicago superstars signed their extensions before the weakening of the Canadian dollar. Tyler Johnson is already a top-two center at 24 years old. Vladislav Namestnikov, 22, could become a go-to pivot. They will get raises, as will Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Jonathan Drouin. Moving Stamkos is a wild thought. But some people are thinking it out loud.
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via Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE,
Kelly Olynyk may be getting some angry stares from the guys down the hall.
Not the visiting team - but the Boston Bruins.
Olynyk, who played through a badly bruised left eye, accidentally spilled the beans Wednesday night after the Celtics' 100-87 win over the Pacers:
Dougie Hamilton is dealing with broken ribs.
Hamilton hasn't played since Mar. 21, missing the last five games, but the Bruins keep their injury news top secret - so nobody knew exactly what the injury was aside from "upper-body".
While discussing his eye injury, the Canadian-born Olynyk joked that he couldn't miss Wednesday's game or he'd hear it from Hamilton, who had divulged the broken ribs information to him a couple days ago.
“I remember two days ago I was texting Dougie Hamilton and he told me he broke his ribs and he’s trying to come back before the playoffs," Olynyk said. "I was like, ‘Man I can’t sit out, he’s gonna rip me' . . . all those hockey guys would have killed me so I had to do it.”
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his latest installment, he talks about the team’s recent struggles, injuries on the team, and how the trade deadline affected him. (As told to Louise K. Cornetta)
A lot of unlucky things happened to us over the past month. I don’t think our game slipped too much from how well we played in January. I thought we were working hard but just couldn’t get bounces to go our way in games. Hopefully now in March, we can move forward and get back to our winning ways.
One area we’ve worked on is our power play. It’s a little bit different now. We have two different units, same guys but in different positions. It’s improved a lot and we’ve scored a couple of goals with the unit I play on, and the other unit has scored some goals too. We need our power play to do well in order for our team to be successful.
We’re moving in the right direction. There is more of a complete effort in the games. We have to keep working hard. We know there is only a little over 20 games left and there are teams behind us who are pushing us. We have to make sure we are focused on every game.
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends quite a bit of his Sunday notebook discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs' mess and their need to rebuild around Phil Kessel--a little contrary to the "wisdom" coming out of Toronto these days (and I'm sorry, Leaf fans, Kessel has all the social graces of a perpetually angry 5-year-old, but he's the best player you've got)--but I do believe that he's the first person to make this suggestion:
There is no secret to playing the Bruins. Opponents have identified that panic sets in if they forecheck aggressively and get in the Bruins’ faces. On defense, the Bruins don’t have the personnel to retrieve pucks quickly and shuttle them forward before they’re picking the backs of their heads out of the glass.
The Bruins are indeed slow-footed if they're not the ones smashing their opponents on the forecheck.
Of their regular six-pack, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug are the best at moving the puck. When he’s not skittish, Matt Bartkowski does the job, too. But it’s too easy for other teams to slam down hard, eliminate the D-to-D pass, and hound the Bruins below the dots. No club can succeed when it’s under assault behind the goal line.
By next season, Joe Morrow might be ready for full-time NHL work. He’s not enough. The Bruins need at least one more defenseman who can move the puck with poise.
With Arizona rebuilding, GM Don Maloney is listening on everyone, including Keith Yandle. The Bruins would have to send Krug the other way, along with maybe another young roster player, a pick, and a prospect. They’d also have to clear out cash. Neither is easy to do.
Shinzawa continues, and as this is KK hockey, I (George) will refrain from adding a .gif of someone raising a middle finger regarding Mr. Shinzawa's "good on the NHL for fining Gustav Nyquist" line.
The second infraction was a dive, but the first wasn't--and I think it's pretty pathetic that the NHL's far more concerned with having its referees determine if a player's embellishing than, you know, calling the obstruction, interference, moving picks, tackles, seals and sit-on-him moves that have become commonplace again in a clutchier, grabbier NHL than we've seen since the 04-05 season mercifully ended with Calgary unable to all but literally rope down John Tortorella's Lightning.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Consider: Hamilton leads all Bruins this season in average ice time with 22:29 per game. In the four games that Chara has been absent the Black-and-Gold production line, Hamilton has clocked an average of 24:40, a stout 5:34 more than what the former first-round draft pick (No. 9 overall, 2011) averaged all last season. The gangly, wide-eyed, slick-skating Hamilton is no longer the wunderkind in waiting, but rather an essential element to the Bruins remaining among the league’s elite franchises.
“I think you are going to see someone who probably recognizes that he can rush the puck because of his size and skating ability — he can rush it at will,’’ said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, pondering what could be Hamilton’s career trajectory. “Because of his sense for the game, he will be able to pick his spots, a guy who can control the puck.’’
Such commodities are rare in today’s game. The Bruins haven’t had a true wheeler-dealer with the puck since Ray Bourque’s days, which came to a bittersweet end on Causeway in March 2000. Hamilton doesn’t have Bourque’s bulky build or his breadth of game, but he has a growing command of skating and puck-moving skills that he’ll now have to augment with stout defense during Chara’s 4-6-week absence.
The last few dinosaurs of the stand-up goaltending technique--30-something-and-up goalies like myself--fondly remember goaltenders like Bob Essensa as pioneeers, and as cautionary reminders that relying on the same technique all the time was nothing less than dangerous.
In an era when goaltenders stayed on their feet until shots came their way, Essensa offered a unique alternative to trying to look OVER your opponents when screened. Instead of poking his head over traffic, he'd crouch down to the point that his entire torso and head were parallel to his thighs, looking through players' elbows and even around their butts to find the puck.
Andi Petrillo of Hockey Night in Canada with a nice feature on the parents of Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton last night.