Author: Jason Brough

Dougie Hamilton

Hamilton signs six-year deal with Flames


From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

The Flames have since confirmed it.

It probably won’t make Bruins fans too happy that Hamilton will sign with the Flames for a cap hit that in no way can be considered excessive. The 22-year-old had 42 points last season, 23rd most among NHL defensemen. On top of that, he’s still developing.

The news also supports the scuttlebutt that Hamilton, for whatever reason, did not want to remain in Boston. Though Bruins GM Don Sweeney denied the player asked out, he did say, “We extended Dougie a very significant contract offer, and it didn’t lead us to where we thought we’d be able to, with him being comfortable being a part of our group long-term.”

From Calgary’s perspective, Hamilton gives the Flames another capable defenseman. In fact, assuming they can sign captain Mark Giordano to an extension, they may, at some point, have to look at trading someone. Perhaps Dennis Wideman?


Semin’s agent: ‘We’ve already received calls on him’

Alexander Semin

No, Alex Semin is not going to the KHL.

According to his agent, the 31-year-old winger will have no problem finding an NHL team with which to sign.

“Without question, Semin will play in the NHL and will have a great season,” Diamond told Sportsnet today. “We’ve already received calls on him.”

Earlier today, the Hurricanes announced that they’d placed Semin on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

To be sure, there are teams in the market for goal-scoring wingers. For that reason, the likes of Pittsburgh and Florida have been linked to Toronto’s Phil Kessel.

Semin would be a cheaper alternative than Kessel, who’s signed through 2021-22 for a cap hit of $8 million. Of course, Semin’s also four years older and coming off a season in which he scored just six goals in 57 games.

It’s what Semin’s done in the past that may convince a team to take a calculated gamble. The former 13th overall pick has 238 career goals, including one 40-goal season in Washington.

Sharks get Jones from Bruins for first-round pick and unsigned prospect

Toronto Maple Leafs v Los Angeles Kings

Martin Jones is headed back to the Pacific Division.

Less than a week after he was acquired by the Boston Bruins in the Milan Lucic trade, the 25-year-old goalie has been flipped to San Jose, where he’ll form a netminding tandem with Alex Stalock.

As first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the return to Boston is a first-round draft pick in 2016 plus unsigned prospect Sean Kuraly, a forward at Miami University.

“Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, per CSN Bay Area. “We’re extremely excited to have him on board.”

The undrafted Jones has a .923 career save percentage in the NHL, which is good. However, he’s only started 29 games total, and his save percentage was just .906 last season for the Kings.

In other words, the Sharks — a team that professes to have a “win right now” mentality — are rolling the dice on a pretty inexperienced goalie. Actually, make that two inexperienced goalies, given Stalock only has 37 career starts to his name.

The Bruins are now without a backup goalie.

Hurricanes to buy out Semin

Carolina Hurricanes v Columbus Blue Jackets

Just over two years ago, the Carolina Hurricanes gave Alex Semin a five-year, $35 million contract extension.

People said they were crazy.

Today, the Hurricanes announced that they’ve placed Semin, 31, on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

It’s a move they said back in January that they wouldn’t make.

“Our job is to continue to work with him and get the message through,” GM Ron Francis said.  “We think we can do it. We’re not giving up on him at all.”

But after Semin finished the season with just six goals in 57 games, they’ve given up.

The ‘Canes will carry a cap hit of just over $2.3 million through 2020-21 for the buyout.

Related: Carolina ‘looking at all the options’ for Semin, says Francis

Bruins are talking to teams about Savard, but not Rask

Marc Savard

Don’t be surprised if Marc Savard’s contract is traded, a la Chris Pronger to Arizona.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed today that he’s spoken to a few teams about a transaction that would clear Savard’s $4 million cap hit (through 2016-17) off Boston’s books, and put it on a team that could perhaps use it.

No longer able to play due to concussion issues, Savard has an actual salary of just $575,000 in the final two years of his contract.

Dealing Savard would help the B’s in that they wouldn’t be as prone to the bonus-related overage issues that have plagued them recently. On that note, Sweeney suggested the Bruins intend to keep spending to the cap, and that they’re dealing with a current overage of approximately $1 million.

The challenge for Sweeney in trading Savard is that, after Pronger was dealt to Arizona, there isn’t really a team that’s in serious jeopardy of not reaching the $52.8 million cap floor for next season.

Sweeney also took the opportunity to insist that goalie Tuukka Rask is “absolutely…not on the market,” despite the speculation.