In an out-of-nowhere move, the Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Dougie Hamilton.
In what seemingly came out of nowhere – not that he was traded, but the destination – Dougie Hamilton is now a member of the Calgary Flames. It was a couple of tweets by guys like Ryan Rishaug, Bob McKenzie, and Elliott Friedman, and five minutes later, the trade call tweets were coming in. After rumours of Arizona or Edmonton all day long, it was the Flames that ended up pulling off the deal to land one of the NHL's best young defencemen.
The return was a first round pick this year and a pair of second round picks, all this year, according to the Bruins official Twitter account. That first round pick is 15th overall.
Hamilton is a pending restricted free agent, but obviously Calgary doesn't make this trade unless there is an understanding about signing a long-term deal with the team. With Mark Giordano a free agent in a year, this feels like a bit of an insurance move (like Soderberg to Colorado but way more impactful). Giordano is rumoured to be asking for P.K. Subban money (at least in AAV), which is what he's probably worth, but he's also going into his Age 32 season. Should the Flames not be able to re-sign Giordano (they do have a lot of cap space), they have their cornerstone defenceman of the future in the fold.