DALLAS — Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving scoffed at the notion that defenceman Dougie Hamilton was subject to trade rumours on Thursday.
“When I hear about that stuff,” Treliving said, “it usually comes out late at night when people have been into the red wine.”
At least Treliving got his colour right. Hamilton was jettisoned from the C of Red to the angry sea of red of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday as part of Treliving’s latest draft weekend remodel of the Flames.
Hamilton was dealt alongside winger Micheal Ferland and top-ranked prospect Adam Fox in exchange for fellow blueliner Noah Hanifin and versatile forward Elias Lindholm.
The biggest trade of the weekend came nearly three years to the day after Treliving pried Hamilton out of Boston at the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida in exchange for one first and two second-round picks. Travis Hamonic was acquired on the same day from the Islanders last year.
Only 16 defencemen in the NHL have netted more points than Hamilton (94) over the past two seasons, yet the Flames had soured on him in favour of two players familiar to new coach Bill Peters.
Hamilton scored more goals in each of the last two seasons (17 and 13) than Lindholm (16 and 11) did for the Hurricanes. Asked about Hamilton’s fit, he said “we want guys that want to be in Calgary.”
“We’re excited about the players we’re getting,” Treliving said. “The players that we moved, those are good players … Dougie’s a terrific player. We wish them all the best and we’re happy with the return.”
The three biggest names in the deal all appeared on TSN’s Trade Bait board leading up to the Draft: Lindholm at No. 8, Hanifin at No. 13 and Hamilton at No. 19.
Lindholm and Hanifin were both restricted free agents, which increased their odds for moving from Carolina, which is trying to restructure player salary trends. Treliving said he has begun initial discussions on new deals and did not “anticipate any issues.”
Treliving said the 21-year-old Hanifin is “just scratching the surface.” The No. 5 overall pick in 2015 took a step forward in production with career-bests 10 goals and 32 points last season in Carolina.
“When you do your homework on Noah, I love the drive,” Treliving said. “He wants to be a really, really top player. He’s prepared to put in the work. When these guys come into the league, it’s like their going to change the world in their first year or two years. He’s already a real good player and there’s upside.”
The upside for the Flames, at least in the short-term, is that Hanifin being a left-shot can push T.J. Brodie back to the right side where he can potential pair up with Mark Giordano again.
Calgary’s defence corps was touted as one of the best in the NHL last season, but it never really played close to that level. There was just something that was off.
“I do think that bringing in Elias and Noah, they’re going to fit right in,” Treliving said. “They’re good teammates. Part of what we look at this is make sure we have good chemistry and a good mix in our dressing room. Both guys were real excited.”
Treliving said he was “not done helping our team.” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell indicated the same. Hamilton’s arrival as an offensive dynamo could make it easier to move on from Justin Faulk, now the No. 5 player on the Trade Bait board. Jeff Skinner is also near the top of the list.
“Lots of talk,” Waddell said. “I’ll go talk to the other 30 teams out there. Lots of talk, nothing happened.”
Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said it “seems like it’s just waiting for everything to unleash in the next couple days.”
“Depending on who’s available and who’s not on July 1, I think you’re going to see trades come very fast and be more of a frenzy,” Dubas said. “But we’ll see. I think everyone’s just kind of sitting and waiting and being patient.”
With one of the most quiet NHL Draft’s ever in the books, here is a look who else could be on the move with the latest TSN Trade Bait board:
|1. Erik Karlsson, OTT||RD||28||$6.5M||71||9||62||1||M-NTC|
|2. Ryan O'Reilly, BUF||C||27||$7.5M||81||24||61||5|
|3. Jeff Skinner, CAR||LW||26||$5.73M||82||24||49||1||NMC|
|4. Max Pacioretty, MTL||LW||29||$4.5M||64||17||37||1|
|△||5. Justin Faulk, CAR||RD||26||$4.83M||76||8||31||2|
|6. Zack Smith, OTT||C||30||$3.25M||68||5||19||3||M-NTC|
|7. Jason Zucker, MIN||LW||26||$2M||82||33||64||RFA|
|△||8. Craig Anderson, OTT||G||37||$4.75M||58||3.32||.898||2|
|9. Artemi Panarin, CBJ||LW||26||$6M||81||27||82||1|
|10. Phil Kessel, PIT||RW||30||$8M||82||34||92||4||M-NTC|
|11. Kevin Hayes, NYR||C||26||$2.6M||76||25||44||RFA|
|12. Matt Dumba, MIN||RD||23||$2.25M||82||14||50||RFA|
|13. Brandon Montour, ANA||RD||24||$925K||80||9||33||RFA|
|14. Colton Parayko, STL||RD||25||$5.5M||82||6||35||4|
|15. Milan Lucic, EDM||LW||29||$6M||82||10||34||5||NMC|
|16. Alex Petrovic, FLA||RD||26||$1.85M||67||2||13||RFA|
|17. Ryan Spooner, NYR||LW||26||$2.83M||59||13||41||RFA|
|18. Bobby Ryan, OTT||RW||31||$7.25M||62||11||33||4||M-NTC|
|19. Conor Sheary, PIT||LW||25||$3M||79||18||30||2|
|20. P.K. Subban, NSH||RD||29||$9M||82||16||59||4|
|21. Jacob Trouba, WPG||RD||24||$2.81M||55||3||24||RFA|
|22. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF||RD||23||$5.4M||73||6||41||4|
|23. Chris Tanev, VAN||RD||28||$4.5M||42||2||11||2||M-NTC|
|24. Alex Edler, VAN||LD||32||$5M||70||6||34||1||NTC|
|25. Corey Perry, ANA||RW||33||$8.63M||71||17||49||3||NMC|
OFF THE BOARD
Traded: 5. Philipp Grubauer (Colorado); 8. Elias Lindholm (Calgary); 9. Mike Hoffman (San Jose/Florida); 13. Noah Hanifin (Calgary); 18. Max Domi (Montreal); 19. Alex Galchenyuk (Arizona); 19. Dougie Hamilton (Carolina).
Re-signed: 8. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona).