Dougie Hamilton’s off-season watch is in full swing and the teams have wasted no time expressing their interest in the Carolina Hurricanes defender.
“It sounds like there’s been a lot of conversation between Hamilton’s agent JP Barry and teams across the league,” said Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston during Saturday’s headline segment Ice hockey night in Canada. â€œYou get the feeling here that it won’t necessarily resolve itself quickly.
â€œHe has the ability to come to terms with a team that could work out a sign and trade with Carolina. The league’s business is slowly starting up again. I don’t think we’ll see anything here in a couple of weeks, much closer to that free agency date on July 28th. “
Carolina gave Hamilton permission to speak to other NHL teams, opening the door to a potential sign-and-trade deal after contract talks between the team and the player broke off during the season. With that freedom, Hamilton has the opportunity to see if there is a better deal on the market than what the Hurricanes have to offer.
Hamilton will be an unrestricted free agent upon signing a six-year contract for $ 34.5 million. He was traded from the Calgary Flames to Carolina in June 2018.
The 27-year-old scored 10 goals and 42 points in 55 regular season games and added two goals and five points in 11 playoff games this season.