SQ NHL Preview Series: Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames (Last Season: 45-30-7, 3rd in Pacific)Coach: Bob Hartley (428-321-52, 61 ties; 14th season, 4th with Calgary)Key Additions: Michael Frolik, Dougie HamiltonKey Departures: Raphael Diaz, David SchlemkoKey Player: Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau was a Calder Trophy finalist last season, meeting the high expectations that come with a nickname like "Johnny Hockey." Gaudreau...
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Bruins Forward Group Is Deeper, Should Be More Consistent In 2015-16

BOSTON — One of the problems that prevented the Bruins from making the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs was a lack of offense. The B’s went from being the third-highest scoring team in 2013-14 (258 goals) to the 22nd most potent club (209 goals) last season. No player scored 25 goals or reached the 60-point mark. Injuries to important offensive players such as center David Krejci and...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames season preview: Depth on defense fuels expectation

Plus: Calgary bolstered its impressive defensive corps by adding offensive-minded blue-liner Dougie Hamilton from Boston in the offseason and signed captain Mark Giordano to a six-year, $40.5 million contract extension in the summer. The Flames' depth on defense serves as a great benefit considering they are already under the gun with defenseman T.J. Brodie sidelined with a broken...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

New Bruin Irwin begins campaign to prove defensive doubters wrong

The Bruins' defense is a squadron full of doubts. The team traded the defenseman of the future, Dougie Hamilton, before the NHL Draft and never acquired a high-quality blue-liner with which to replace him.Instead, the Bruins resigned Adam McQuaid and picked up a relative no-name, defenseman Matt Irwin, who some believe won't be more than a seventh defenseman. But Irwin seems set...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Everyone is to blame for Dougie Hamilton's departure

Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald With a new season fast approaching, one player’s name continues to pop up in conversations when it comes to the Boston Bruins. Dougie Hamiton was traded to the Calgary Flames in the offseason for draft picks, in what was a surprise makeover of the Bruins roster by Don Sweeney. People were clearly baffled by the move (including me), simply because...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

‘Behind The B’ Premiere: Bruins Fans Get Exclusive Look At Draft, Camp (Video)

Your exclusive offseason look at the Boston Bruins is back. Season 3 of “Behind the B” premiered Thursday night on NESN, and it gave fans an inside look at the Bruins’ summer of change. The episode started off with Boston’s hiring of Don Sweeney as the new general manager and the decisions to trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. Then the show pivoted to the draft...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach Trotman Is Best Option For Bruins’ First Pairing With Zdeno Chara

BOSTON — The Bruins have had a pretty good idea over the last few years of who would be playing alongside captain and No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara on the first pairing. Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton most recently occupied that spot, and regardless of who was playing with Big Z, that pairing was one of the NHL’s best in preventing goals and driving puck...
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Bruins' draft picks' fitness failures could be center of interesting scheme

NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman is always full of interesting information in his 30 Thoughts column for SportsNet, and this week's edition of Friedman's column lives up to its reputation. Among the information Friedman included is a tidbit about the Bruins' first-round draft picks.Last week, multiple reports emerged stating that the three Bruins' first-round draft picks -- Jakub Zboril...
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Bruins Blue Line Will Have Lots Of Internal Competition In Training Camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins didn’t defend well enough throughout last season, and the blue line could be a weak spot again given the youth and inexperience amongst the current group. Dougie Hamilton’s departure in the offseason left the Bruins with one legitimate top-four defenseman: Zdeno Chara. The B’s captain still is a top-tier defenseman, but he’s 38 years...
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Spots on thin Boston defense are tougher to land than they seem

While the Boston Bruins have been very active this offseason, one of the areas still filled with question marks is defense where, aside from Zdeno Chara, the personnel on the roster seems a bit underwhelming. The Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton in June, but they never picked up a defenseman to replace him. Fans are also still reeling from a trade last fall which sent Johnny Boychuk...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Coyotes aren't alone in needing a right-handed defenseman

A central part of the Coyotes' offseason plan was to trade for 22-year-old right-handed defenseman Dougie Hamilton. At 6-feet-5 and 212 pounds, Hamilton was viewed as a foundational piece who would have played on the team's top pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson for a decade or longer. The fact former Coyotes executive Brad Treliving (now Calgary's GM) swooped in and landed Hamilton...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Three NHL teams who failed to improve this summer

There were a ton of transactions made around the NHL this summer. From the big trades to the minor roster adjustments, every club around the league attempted to improve. Some were successful while others may have missed the mark or failed to improve enough to take the next step. Here are three teams who failed to bring in enough new talent in order to really make some noise in 2015...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuukka Rask surprised by reports Dougie Hamilton was unhappy in Boston

There's still a month until the NHL preseason gets underway, but Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was back in town Monday for Shawn Thornton's annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson's charity golf tournament, and Rask's attendance meant he had a chance to weigh in on some of Boston's moves this offseason.One of the topics the normally brutally honest Rask addressed was defenseman Dougie...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Dougie Hamilton's choice to leave Boston mystifies Shawn Thornton

When the Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton to the Flames earlier this summer, the move raised many eyebrows across the league. Former Bruin Shawn Thornton had a chance to weigh in on the trade recently when he was back in Boston for a charity golf tournament, and he said the biggest surprise about it was the reports that Hamilton actually wanted to leave Boston."I don’t care, to be...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins Notes: Tuukka Rask Not Worried About Defense Sans Dougie Hamilton

To say Dougie Hamilton’s departure from Boston was a shocker earlier this summer would be an understatement. When new Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney traded the star 22-year-old defenseman to the Calgary Flames, the initial public reaction ranged from angry to terrified. But six weeks removed from the blockbuster deal, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask certainly is not among that group. Rask...
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins GM believes team’s defensemen have to evolve

The Boston Bruins have made some noteworthy changes this summer and to say they’ve been met with mixed reactions would be putting things politely. Regardless of what fans think of GM Don Sweeney’s transactions, the Bruins are going to look a lot different in 2015-16 and that new look may be the most evident on defense as the team attempts to institute a mentality shift. Via the...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Battle For The Pacific Division: The Calgary Flames

As the summer drags on I thought I’d take the time to take a look at the other teams that make up the Pacific Division, what they did and where I think they could end up when its all said and done.  This time I will look at a team who wants to make sure their turnaround wasn’t a one season fluke in the Calgary Flames. Who’s in: D Dougie Hamilton (Trade) F Michael Frolik (UFA...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins hold developmental camp for draft picks

WIMINGTON, Mass. (AP) Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has had a busy rookie offseason since taking over for the fired Peter Chiarelli in May. Sweeney traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic mostly for draft picks, selected 10 players at the NHL Draft last month and then signed one of the most coveted free agents, forward Matt Beleskey, on July 1. As he attempts...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Don Sweeney: Boston Bruins Might Not Be Done Adding Free Agents

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins’ opening-night roster might still look significantly different from the one you see July 17. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Friday the door remains open for the team to add additional free agents before the 2015-16 regular season begins this October. “There are still players out there that may fit,” Sweeney said after the...
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames Front Office Winning the Offseason Games

Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) and Calgary Flames left wing Jiri Hudler (24) fight for position during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) Happy NHL free agency, and may the cap be ever in your favor. First comes the draft, then come the trades, and finally we see the annual phenomenon that is NHL free agency. This time of year...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: The Columbus Blue Jackets attempted to land a top defenseman

The Columbus Blue Jackets have invested in improving their offense this summer through the acquisition of Brandon Saad, but the team’s defense hasn’t seen the same level of change. Apparently that’s not for a lack of effort as a new report suggests the Blue Jackets attempted to lure in several big names – Dougie Hamilton, Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Martin – but came up...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: The Columbus Blue Jackets attempted to land a top defenseman

The Columbus Blue Jackets have invested in improving their offense this summer through the acquisition of Brandon Saad, but the team’s defense hasn’t seen the same level of change. Apparently that’s not for a lack of effort as a new report suggests the Blue Jackets attempted to lure in several big names – Dougie Hamilton, Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Martin – but came up...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Dougie Hamilton ‘Excited’ To Play For Flames, Not Interested In Talking About Past

Dougie Hamilton signed a contract worth a reported $34.5 million over six years with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Shortly after Calgary announced the deal, Hamilton spoke to the media for the first time as a Flame during a media conference call. Dougie Hamilton: "I’m looking at the team and the plan that they have there and everything and it’s really exciting. I couldn...
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Dougie Hamilton Re-Signs With Flames

View image | After the Flames dealt for former Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton, they immediately began working out a long-term deal with him.  According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the terms of that deal have been finalized. Dougie Hamilton has signed a 5-year extension with the Flames.  The extension is worth about 34.5 million over those 5 years. The Flames...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dougie Hamilton, Flames Agree On 6-Year Extension For ‘Close To’ $34.5M

Dougie Hamilton and the Boston Bruins couldn’t come to terms on a contract extension. Just a few days after being traded, the defenseman signed an extension with his new club. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday afternoon that Hamilton the Calgary Flames came to terms on a six-year contract extension worth “close to” $34.5 million. According to...
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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