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Dougie Hamilton Traded to Hurricanes in 5-Player Deal; Flames Get Elias Lindholm

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2018

Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Denver. The Avalanche won 5-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and defensive prospect Adam Fox from the Calgary Flames on Saturday in exchange for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin, according to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com.

Both Lindholm and Hanifin are restricted free agents.

As Wyshynski noted, "The issues with Hamilton, for Calgary, however, [are] his $5.75 million cap hit through 2021 and a modified no-trade clause that kicks in after the upcoming season." Those made him untenable to keep despite his solid 2017-18 campaign.

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the two teams "have had these discussions, on and off, for a few weeks," and the Flames "from the get-go were always trying to get both Hanifin and Lindholm."

Hamilton, 25, averaged 21:32 of ice time per game last season, tallying 17 goals and 27 assists. Left winger Ferland, 26, posted 21 goals and 20 assists.

As for Fox, he's "considered a blue-chip defenseman but also a flight risk, as he's committed to playing a third year with Harvard and could become a free agent if he plays another season beyond that," per Wyshynski.

The Flames will be getting promising players in the 23-year-old Lindholm (16 goals and 28 assists last season) and the 21-year-old Hanifin (10 goals, 22 assists, 18:52 average ice time). 

Wyshynski and Bob McKenzie of TSN provided more context on the trade: 

Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

Flames/Canes trade hinges on two things for me: - Lindholm making the leap while (presumably) getting a shot with the Flames' big guns. - Fox deciding to sign with Carolina, and being as good as advertised. Because the Canes could end up with 2 top four D out of this by 2020.

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

Lindholm and Hanifin are both RFA but don’t anticipate any issues signing them. CGY views Lindholm more as a winger than a C but he can play both. Will play in top six and could play alongside Monahan and Gaudreau.

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

Not guaranteed by any means, but Dougie Hamilton’s arrival in CAR could enhance the chances of Justin Faulk being traded. BTW, Faulk’s NTC kicks in July 1.

For a Flames team that has talent but underachieved after reaching the postseason in 2016-17 and missing the playoffs last year, the hope will be that Hanifin and Lindholm provide an immediate jolt of quality. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, could end up with the best player out of this trade if Fox joins the team and lives up to his significant upside.