NHL rumors, like all sports rumors. never really go away. They just get more popular at certain times of the year. As the holidays approach, the rumors that swirl through the NHL always start to heat up. However, when it comes to Dougie Hamilton, it seems like he is on the trading block every day.
Hamilton who was traded to the Calgary Flames from the Boston Bruins back in June of 2015, is now rumored to be on the move once again, but to where? Of course, when we talk about sports and rumors, you have to take it with a grain of salt, because it is exactly what it says it is – just a rumor. However, usually when a rumor won’t die down, there could be some truth to it. Could the big defenseman be heading to the Red Wings?
According to a SB Nation report, there have been several rumors speculating that Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been wanting to make a move for a top defenseman. Dougie Hamilton would definitely fit that role.
Hamilton is a very mobile defenseman and would fit the mold the Red Wings are trying to build at the moment. He is young, (23) and he not only plays a solid defense, he can add a bit of offense at times as well. In his first season with the Flames, Hamilton netted 43 total points in 82-games.
Before the trade to the Flames, Hamilton was considered to be a top prospect in the Bruins organization, which makes many NHL fans believe that the Flames won’t part with him. That may not be the case though when you consider Calgary’s lack of success over the past few seasons and their slow start this year.
Detroit CBS Local added that Hamilton has been mentioned in many trade rumors recently, and minutes per game have decreased each of the last few seasons with the Flames. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes that if the Flames move Hamilton, Detroit could be a destination.
“If you trade him now, you might be selling low,” Friedman writes, “but I think there are teams who believe they can make a better player out of him yet. He’s 23. Wonder if Detroit, having struck out so far on Cam Fowler and Jacob Trouba, would have interest.”
Now on to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Are the Hurricanes going to be packing their bags soon and heading out of town?
According to a Fansided report, the Hurricanes have been in financial trouble thanks to a lawsuit involving majority owner Peter Karmanos and the only way out may be by selling the franchise.
“Karmanos’ three adult sons – one of whom, Jason Karmanos, spent several years in the Hurricanes’ front office and now works for the Pittsburgh Penguins – alleged Karmanos borrowed more than $100 million from a trust set up on their behalf to fund the operations of the Hurricanes, then failed to make about $4 million in required interest payments on the debt. In April, the brothers demanded repayment of the entire loan plus interest, more than $107 million, then filed the lawsuit when Karmanos did not pay.”
Carolina hasn’t been too successful over the past five seasons on the ice, and it has to be taking a toll on the team financially as well. The Hurricanes fans are not showing up like they used to, and who can blame them? They are near the bottom of the league when it comes to attendance per game.
It will be interesting to see what city would bid to have a hockey team in the near future if the Hurricanes do decide to leave North Carolina.
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