The Calgary Flames surely made one of the biggest splashes of the National Hockey League entry draft back in June, when they pulled the trigger on a blockbuster move, dealing star defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Carolina Hurricanes in a five-player trade.
Along with Hamilton, the Flames shipped forward Micheal Ferland and blue line prospect Adam Fox to the Hurricanes in exchange for forward Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin.
While so far both teams appear to have benefited from the transaction, as the season is underway, there is to be one element that makes everyone question the reason behind the move.
It is believed that what pushed the Flames organization to make a move was the need for a personality change to spark their team. And it seems like Hamilton was seen as someone that didn't exactly fit in with the traditional hockey culture. Reports surfaced that Hamilton would pass up opportunities to hang out with his teammates at restaurants and would prefer spend free time going to museums. According to The Athletic's Scott Burnside, a source told him that Hamilton opted to skip out at the Flames year-end party.
“In today’s NHL, you’re not rushing to trade a defenseman that’s going to get you 50 points a year unless there’s something behind the scenes,” said Burnside’s source.
When Hamilton's new teammate and defensive partner Jaccob Slavin was asked by Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic if he would hang out with Hamilton, despite reports of his "unfamiliar" outings for a hockey player, Slavin did not hesitate to come to the defense of his new friend and make the reason behind his trade look even more ridiculous.
"I can run with Dougie. I’ll go with him to the Smithsonian. Then you get guys going to museum instead of going to the bars as a team and who knows what could happen. Start a new trend.”
We cannot confirm if that's really what went down in Calgary, however, it is true, you have to admit it is pretty stupid and it's great to see Slavin back up his new teammate.
And the new partnership is already working early in the 2018-19 season, as the Canes are 3-0-1 in four contests this season. See the recap of the last game in the video above, atop of the article.