The Calgary Flames are not willing to sit back and watch all the other 30 teams pick in the first round of the National Hockey League Entry draft, while they wait for the second day of action to select a young promising prospect on June 23. They could be getting ready to put a major trade together to land a first round pick on June 22 in Dallas.
During a Friday segment on Edmonton’s 630 CHED with Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the NHL insider was asked about the rearguard’s trade potential and how he could have been placed on the trade block as the perfect bait to get a first-round pick in return. Hamilton still has three seasons left on his six-year, $34.5 million contract, and his modified no-trade clause does not kick in until the final two seasons of his deal.
“Hamilton I think is an interesting one,” explained Friedman. “I do agree with you that Calgary I think is going to do something. I think they’re going to try to get into the first round. I think that Hamilton is a guy whose name will come up. Just like O’Reilly, there’s a lot of interest. Guy scored what, 16 goals last year? He’s a really talented guy.
“It’s interesting. Boston traded him. I don’t know what it is. I think he’s not a typical guy. It’s nothing bad, he’s just – I guess – different, and some people like that and some people don’t like that. I don’t know.
“But I do think there’s going to be interest because he’s a hell of a player. And so I think it’s going to come down to Calgary, do they get something that makes them want to do it. I think that’s what it’s going to come down to. I don’t know that they will. I think the price is going to be extremely high. But I think they will consider it.
“The one thing I should say, because these always turn into fiascos when they get transcribed; I think Calgary is going to consider just about anything."
Hamilton is not the only trade bait that could be used in order for the Flames to land that coveted first-round pick. Friedman believes another talented player might be at play, though the young defenseman should get a better return.
“And the other guy too I think is going to be Sam Bennett. I think they will consider Sam Bennett. And if they get an offer that’s good enough on Sam Bennett, I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled that trigger too.”
The Flames lost their first round pick in the trade for defenseman Travis Hamonic, who they acquired from the New York Islanders. The quest for some action in the first round is on and some teams might be more than willing to make an offer with these trade baits on the line.