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Any Interest In Dougie Hamilton?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

So can Carolina afford to retain its most important defenseman? Probably, but it’s complicated. On paper, the Canes project to have almost $28 million in cap space this off-season, but GM Don Waddell must make that money go a long way. Star left winger Andrei Svechnikov is an RFA. Even if he opts for the en-vogue bridge deal at three years, it should come at an AAV of $6 million or more. The Canes also have 0.0 NHL goalies signed for 2021-22, as Petr Mrazek and James Reimer are UFAs and, more importantly, breakout No. 1 netminder Alex Nedeljkovic is an RFA. Checking forwards Jordan Martinook and Brock McGinn hit the open market, too. So it’s not like Carolina can throw $9 million at Hamilton without pausing to ponder it for a moment.

So if we do see a sign-and-trade scenario and a new address for Hamilton, which teams are the best fit?

So if we do see a sign-and-trade scenario and a new address for Hamilton, whichRed Wings GM Steve Yzerman has indicated he’s willing to add a big name but only if it’s a young player with upside who can be a core contributor for years to come. The Jakub Vrana trade met those qualifications. For that reason, I included the Red Wings on a list of potential Jones suitors, but Hamilton feels like more of a stretch given he’s 16 months older and likely to cost more. He turns 28 later this week, and Jones turns 27 in October.

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WingedRider's avatar

Seth Jones is a tier or two above Hamilton.

Adding Jones to the Wings roster would be a nice dream.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/15/21 at 09:29 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Too old.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/15/21 at 09:33 AM ET

utahgentile's avatar

Too early.  Stay the course … draft and develop from within.  Trade for a big-name player later in the process.

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 06/15/21 at 11:09 AM ET

hockeyfreak13's avatar

He’s a great defenseman, but I’m with Utah here. Prashanth Iyer proposed a nuclear option in his offseason plan article that suggested offer sheeting Elias Petterson and signing Dougie Hamilton. That would be the only way signing Hamilton would make ANY sense…if Steve was making other significant moves to try to win now. Not saying I agree with doing that at this point either, though.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 06/15/21 at 11:30 AM ET


Hamilton will help our young forwards and dmen development

Posted by VPalmer on 06/15/21 at 11:39 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

no thanks stay the course

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/15/21 at 01:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

When the Wings had Babblecock, I wanted him because he just seems to be exactly the kind of player that would his system.

Pass.  Next interesting rumor, please.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/15/21 at 01:03 PM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Somebody’s gonna pay him a stupid amount of money this offseason, but it won’t be the wings. Just doesn’t make sense.

I’d wait until the 22 offseason, once nielsen and ddk’s awful contracts are off the books, when there will be a waaaaay better crop of dmen to choose from

Posted by SauceBoss on 06/15/21 at 01:55 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The Wings should bring back Staal for the vet dman they need. No need for either guy at this time. going to be an interesting off season because the free agents are going to be fewer with the Kracken needing players as well. Might be harder to find that “Stetcher” free agent this summer.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/15/21 at 04:01 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

no thanks stay the course

I agree on that idea. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/15/21 at 06:42 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

I agree that the Wings ought to ride it out a bit more.  I did not see Hamilton play this year back east…..but am thinking that by the time the Wings are elite - his window will be closing.  I am a fan of his - but - just not sure would pick him as the guy I would break the bank on.  I think the writer above who mentioned DeKeyser and Frans’ salary coming off the books is spot on - in terms of when to use that space to go BIG. 

I would accumulate picks and cap space to the fullest extent possible to position the team to pay younger players when they renew and THEN take that leap.  If I felt the team could overtake Boston, MTL, TB, FLA and the Maple LOAFS, that’s one thing.  I don’t think they can - so now is not the time to add big ticket UFA’s but time to develop talent.

I would seek to reduce the goals against by 40 goals and score 40 more goals next season and show improvement.  I would use picks to trade up in the draft if there are players Steve really wants and is afraid will be off the board.  At the trade deadline - take on short term cap space to gain extra assets. 

Plus - the scouts gotta HIT on the early round picks and get lucky with a few mid-rounders really panning out.  Good luck!

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 06/15/21 at 07:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The Laffs should get rid of two of those $10 million dollar contracts (keep Matthews and Tavares, IMO).  Trade Marner to the Sharks for their first and second of this year.  Trade Nylander to WAS for Mantha straight up. 

I’m sorry…I’m laughing too hard right now.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/17/21 at 01:47 PM ET

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