The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. More to follow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m very surprised by this move. All indications from the Bruins were they intended to retain the 21-year-old Hamilton, who is a restricted free agent and eligible to receive an offer sheet if unsigned by July 1. This is a stunning move on their part, dealing away the player many consider the heir apparent to aging Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
Evidently the Bruins didn’t like what the Hamilton camp sought for a new contract. There was speculation he was seeking a deal similar to that of LA Kings blueliner Drew Doughty. Regardless of Hamilton’s salary demands, the Flames have plenty of cap space and can easily re-sign him.
*Update*: The Bruins receive the Flames first-round pick (#15th overall) and two second-round picks (Numbers 45 and 52) for Hamilton.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Color me officially gobsmacked. I can’t believe the Bruins gave up Hamilton for such a little return. Sure, maybe one or perhaps two of those draft picks might blossom into NHL stars, but this return provides no immediate help for the Bruins. Unless they’ve got another deal in mind (and for their roster’s sake, I hope they do), this is grand theft by the Flames. They now have a defense corps consisting of Hamilton, Mark Giordano (who’s signed through next season), Dennis Wideman and T.J. Brodie. Hamilton will likely be their franchise defenseman for years to come. He’ll also fit in well with their young stars like forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and the promising Sam Bennett. If the Flames get their goaltending sorted out, they’ll be a very dangerous team in the near future.