Calgary Flames – Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton’s name came up in trade rumors during deadline season, but nothing came out of it. The 23-year-old defenseman has been posted up in Calgary since being traded by the Boston Bruins in the 2015 offseason. As a member of the Calgary Flames, Hamilton has continued his rise to stardom as one of the NHL’s premier young defensemen.
Since joining the NHL in 2012, Hamilton has scored 47 goals and 129 assists. However, in his last two seasons in Calgary, Hamilton has 93 points in 163 games. In contrast, he played 178 games for the Bruins and posted 83 points. Calgary has allowed Hamilton to flourish and mature.
The Rangers roster lines up perfectly with the Flames for a trade for Dougie Hamilton.
During the IIHF Men’s Championship in May, former college teammates Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) and Kevin Hayes (New York) teamed up once again. Their chemistry was on full display to the world, showing how dangerous they can be if placed on the same line. In the NHL, the combo of Gaudreau and Hayes would be a top of the line one-two punch against any defense.
The trade wouldn’t be one for one, however. The Rangers would have work on their end of the deal. Kevin Hayes is enough to start the conversation, though. Hayes and the 2017 first round pick could entice the Flames to part with their young defenseman. With the Rangers, Hamilton could be on the top pair with Ryan McDonagh.
If the Rangers are serious about adding a young defenseman this offseason, Dougie Hamilton is worth a consideration. Giving up Hayes is a lot, but the return is just as good.