Dougie Hamilton just cashed in with the Calgary Flames. The 22-year-old just signed a $34.5 million dollar deal for a term of 6-years and will fill out an already stacked defensive core up in Alberta.
I’m not sure what to think of this. When the rumors came out as the Dougie-to-Calgary deal was commencing it was said that the Dougie camp had turned down similar money and term from the Bruins in search of more. If the Bruins were going to leap into the “Drew Doughty” stratosphere and pay $7.5 million and up then I’d have a hard time swallowing that one. He has tremendous upside and is a fantastic offensive option as a defenseman, but he hasn’t been THAT elite. So here we are. Dougie signs a fair market deal with Calgary that Boston and it’s fans would have happily given him. It just sounds like Dougie wanted out regardless. In theory, the Bruins could have let another team tender him an offer as he was a restricted free agent and then matched that offer to keep him Boston. But if it had gotten that far I’m sure a Columbus or Arizona would have pushed it up near $7 million and it would have been a big stretch for Boston. Someday we’ll get the whole story behind this but from the outside looking in it seems the young D-man was craving some new scenery and the Bruins grabbed 3 draft picks in a deep draft as a result and moved on.