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Fresh Links: Cooling Off Edition

After a long weekend and some reflection, maybe things aren't so bad! So after a week to reassess Don Sweeney's moves, how do you like him now? Hindsight being 20-20, how do you like Don Sweeney's moves now? Here's a panel discussion. [SeacoastOnline] The Bruins needed a shakeup. They got it. [BostonHerald] It was the threat of an offer sheet that forced the Bruins' hand with Dougie Hamilton , leaving the Bruins planning damage control. Goaltenders continue to be a prized asset. Development of young Bruins players is now a priority, in the capable hands of Jay Pandolfo....

Flames RFAs Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Josh Jooris file for arbitration

Five restricted free agents, three arbitration files. Probably zero problems. There are a number of steps to the restricted free agency process. First, you have to decide whether or not to qualify your restricted free agents throughout your organization, both NHL and AHL players. Then, the player has to accept the qualifying offer (which is almost always done). After which, you either get them signed, or they file for arbitration - and then you get them signed. The Calgary Flames have already signed Mikael Backlund and Dougie Hamilton. That still leaves them with five RFAs that need new...
Boston Herald Jul 1, 2015
Did Dougie Hamilton bolt Boston?

Did Dougie Hamilton bolt Boston?

Dougie Hamilton wouldn’t say yesterday his relationship with the Bruins soured. But he didn’t exactly deny it, either.The Hamilton trade took on a whole new complexion when news broke that the former Bruins defenseman signed with the Calgary Flames on a six-year deal with an average annual value of $5.75 million. It was long thought that he was looking for the same kind of money that Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was getting ($7 million).

Flames free agent targets: Matt Bartkowski, Raphael Diaz, and David Schlemko

These three familiar faces could all provide solid defensive depth for the Flames in the coming seasons. The Calgary Flames' defence situation was thrown for a wild, completely unexpected loop when Dougie Hamilton was acquired. It's still not perfect, though; and while additional improvements to the top four are always welcome, it's important to have solid depth as well. These aren't the older defenders we looked at previously; rather, three guys in their late 20s who can easily shore up the bottom minutes. They're all familiar guys, as well. Matt Bartkowski is essentially an honourary...

How much does Dougie Hamilton want?

Elite young defencemen don't come cheap, after all. Dougie Hamilton is the most interesting restricted free agent in the NHL. That's what happens when a 22-year-old who looks set to become a franchise defenceman gets traded. It was cap struggles that forced his movement, which means a big contract is likely on the way. The Calgary Flames wouldn't have traded for him if they weren't confident they could sign him, though. And while the Boston Bruins are pressed right up against the cap, the Flames have space to spare. As long as Hamilton is signed prior to July 1 - the day free agency opens -...
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 28, 2015

Don "Harry Sinden" Sweeney refuses to negotiate with Dougie Hamilton, Bruins doomed to mediocrity

Some compelling stuff, as always, in Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts article this week. Apparently, Dougie Hamilton was offered "six years and $33M to Hamilton, while the response was about $2M per year higher." Let's do the math real quick. 33 million / 6 years = 5.5 million per year (a bit low, but cap-wise very friendly, in my mind) 5.5 + 2 = 7.5 million per year (a bit high, in my mind) There's also the Bob Stauffer report of 6.5 x 7 years (probably reasonable) Now, it's pretty common for two sides to differ in price on their initial offers during a negotiation. We just have to...
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 28, 2015

Right on schedule: The #HamiltonSmearCampaign begins

It's a Boston tradition, like distrust of outsiders and complaining about the weather. The Dougie Hamilton trade is merely days old, and the "reports" have already begun. The Boston media corps gets a let of crap, not only locally but nationally (and even internationally). As a group, the media corps is sometimes viewed as snarky, vindictive and always willing to carry water for the hometown teams. In their defense, it's not always true. There are plenty of men and women who are great at their jobs, from the Bruins' beat to Celtics reporters. However, there's one tradition, a tradition as...
The Province Jun 27, 2015
Botchford: Forget the Lack trade, the real shame is the Canucks missing out on Dougie Hamilton

Botchford: Forget the Lack trade, the real shame is the Canucks missing out on Dougie Hamilton

The best move the Canucks made this week is the one that didn’t happen. Shows you what kind of week it was when the L.A. Kings landing Milan Lucic is good news in the Lower Mainland.

2015 Flames Draft: Recap, Analysis, and Thoughts

Looking back at the excellent weekend for the Flames, and what it means moving forward. At trade deadline, it was general consensus that the Flames would be stocking up at the draft. The Flames were tied for second in total draft picks with nine potential selections to be made, including six in the top 90. Then madness happened and the Flames only picked five players. And they still stocked up. Despite Brad Treliving's insistence that the Flames would use all nine picks, he pulled a fast one on the entire league three hours before the draft and swapped three of their high picks for Dougie...
Anaheim Calling Jun 27, 2015

2015 Draft Day Two: Summary And Analysis Of Ducks Deals

Anaheim offloaded a pair of forwards for Carl Hagelin plus additional draft picks, and picked up a backup goalie for an unused defenseman. While yesterday saw the big splashes occur pre-draft with Calgary acquiring Dougie Hamilton from Boston and Los Angeles becoming even easier to dislike by picking up Milan Lucic, the Ducks were content to sit back and draft Jacob Larsson with the 27th overall pick. Today Anaheim completed a trio of moves, upping their second day draft pick haul from the three selection slots held coming in to the draft to six. Be sure to read about the Ducks second day...
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 27, 2015

How do the Bruins first round picks project?

After leaving off perceived better options in Mathew Barzal and Kyle Connor, the Bruins went back to back to back choosing Zboril, DeBrusk, and Senyshyn. Our friends over at CanucksArmy have been doing some really interesting draft analytics, mainly related to player height, age, and production within a single year. With that, they search for comparables that are close to each of those, and then looking at how many NHL games, and the point totals that each player has gotten. If you want to, you can read more on it here, and here. Lost amongst the trades that sent Dougie Hamilton and Milan...
Stanley Cup of Chowder Jun 27, 2015

Bruins draft Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson 45th overall

With one of the picks from the Dougie Hamilton dump, the Bruins have selected center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson from the USHL's Omaha Lancers. He's planning on attending Boston University next season, and is from Sweden. Here are some stats:

Report: Request for Darnell Nurse the dealbuster in Edmonton Oilers’ bid for Dougie Hamilton

Multiple reports coming down on Friday afternoon that Edmonton Oilers made a bid for Dougie Hamilton, the 22-year-old defenceman that Boston Bruins ultimately traded to Calgary Flames for three draft picks. But negotiations came off the rails when Boston asked …
Second City Hockey Jun 26, 2015

NHL 2015 Draft Open Thread

Trades, picks, signings, discuss them all here! The first big trade pieces dropped today when the Boston Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames and Milan Lucic to the LA Kings. If they keep going, their whole team might be gone by tomorrow night. We'll probably see some trades on the draft floor, some off the board picks, and Bettman might get boo'd. You can follow the picks using SBN's draft tracker. Discuss anything that happens in here!
PensBurgh Jun 26, 2015

2015 NHL Draft: Pensburgh open thread

Hold on loosely, but don't let go. Here goes nothing, it's time for the 2015 NHL draft. It's time for the 2015 NHL draft, with tonight's first round from Miami Florida. There are Pittsburgh Penguins rumors like crazy, and they don't even have any picks (as of right now, anyways). GM Jim Rutherford has stated the goal of adding a top-6 winger this off-season and trade whispers and winds have connected the Pens to TJ Oshie, Patrick Sharp and the big fish himself, Phil Kessel today. Can the Penguins pull off a trade to add talent to their team? Will Boston (who has traded Dougie Hamilton and...

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