The Boston Bruins could find it expensive re-signing defenseman Dougie Hamilton, while the Columbus Blue Jackets could seek blueline help this summer.
Re-signing Hamilton could be costly for the Bruins.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa recently reported the Boston Bruins could find the price to re-sign defenseman Dougie Hamilton could be rising. Hamilton, 21, is in the final season of his entry-level contract and has 42 points while averaging over 21 minutes of ice time. Shinzawa speculates Hamilton’s growth could prompt a desperate team like the Edmonton Oilers to pitch him an offer sheet. He believes the Bruins will match any offer, but one of $6 million annually could throw off their budget. Shinzawa believes the Bruins might prefer re-signing Hamilton to a deal similar to that of Minnesota Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin (over $4.16 million annually for six seasons).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Offer sheets are rare, but given the anticipation of a lower-than-projected salary cap combined with the Bruins limited cap space, a rival club could try to pry away Hamilton. This could bear watching over the off-season.
Blue Jackets to add depth on defense.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough cited a recent interview by Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen with FOX Sports Ohio in which he said he’d like to add “a little bit more depth on defense” in the off-season. Brough points out Fedor Tyutin and Jack Johnson are the only real veteran defensemen the Jackets have under contract for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depending upon what type of depth the Jackets seek, there are several veteran options available this summer via free agency.