Calgary Flames add some depth to their blueline
The Calgary Flames have signed defensemen Dougie Hamilton to a multi-year deal. Acquired for draft picks from the Boston Bruins, Hamilton is coming off a career high year for goals, assists and points and will surely add some punch to the Calgary blueline which suffered in the post-season without captain Mark Giordano.
The deal, which is reportedly worth $35-million was a must for the Flames post draft and pre-free agent frenzy, which if not penned would have seen Hamilton become a free-agent and the Flames potentially out of luck.
Hamilton, just barely 22 will be a six-year investment for the Flames and fans are very excited to see how this acquisition pans out. With the Calgary Flames eager to perform next year following their exciting re-entry into the post-season, Hamilton has high expectations in his new city.
As far as free-agent day approaching July 1, the Flames most notable free-agents include, Lance Bouma, Josh Jooris and Michael Ferland, who made waves in the post-season with fans when his physical play aided in the elimination of rival Vancouver Canucks.
We will see what changes the team makes starting July 1 when the summer of wheeling and dealing begins.