The second day of the draft got veery interesting on Saturday as five players were part of a monster trade.
The Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly finalizing a blockbuster deal which sends defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and young prospect Adam Fox in return for defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm.
Hamilton, who was at the centre of many trade rumors, was traded to the Flames just a few years ago when the Boston Bruins were unable to come to terms with him on a deal when he was set to his restricted free agency. He is entering the fourth season of a six-year, $34.5 million deal he signed in June of 2015.
Hamilton has surely gotten better as a defender at the 6-foot-6, 210-pound blueliner has tallied 12, 13 and 17 goals in the last three seasons respectively.
Hanifin, a restricted free agent coming off his three-year rookie deal that carried a cap hit of $925,000, scored a career-high 10 goals last season and added 22 assists for a total of 32 points as the Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the ninth season in a row.
The Flames will also get Lindholm, another restricted free agent, who has struggled a little bit recently. The 23-year-old managed to score 16 goals and added 28 assists in 81 games for the Hurricanes last season. Lindholm has 64 goals and 124 assists in 374 career games in the NHL, all with Carolina.
The Canes are also getting Ferland, who had 21 goals and 20 assists in 77 games for the Flames last year. The 26-year-old forward has one year remaining on his contract at $1.75 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Carolina has undergone a lot of changes this offseason already with the arrival of new majority owner Dallas business Tom Dundon. Once he made his way into the front office, Dundon made sure changes were coming on and off the ice, it seems. After general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters parted ways with the organization, now we see players on the way out.
There have also been rumors about forward Jeff Skinner, who might also be moved shortly.