With Dougie Hamilton locked up in Calgary for the next six years questions on Tuesday’s conference call turned to the fall out with the Boston Bruins.
On Sunday the Boston Herald published a piece on the trade, which sent Hamilton to Calgary. In the story, Stephen Harris quoted an unnamed NHL executive who shed light on what was allegedly going on behind the scenes with the defenseman and the Bruins.
Here’s more from the Herald piece:
“It was surprising,” said one NHL assistant GM. “It’s obvious there’s something going on that we don’t know about. From what I’ve heard behind the scenes, his teammates don’t like him. I heard he’s a loner and sort of an uppity kid, and that his teammates don’t like him and it was unanimous.”
On Tuesday, Flames GM Brad Treliving and Hamilton addressed the story (You can hear the entire conference all here).
“When we went through this process of acquiring Dougie, and I know in my mind there’s been a lot of crap written in the last little bit, we do a lot of research on the player, not only what he does on the ice, but what he does off the ice,” Treliving said. “There’s a lot of things that keep me up at night, the type of person that Dougie is, the type of teammate that he is, is not one of them.
“There has not been an ounce of or a calorie wasted in terms of worrying about the player. I would hope that that is going to put to rest any of the noise and questions that I’ve been asked over the last couple of days.”
Hamilton, who spent the first three years of his career in Boston, wasn’t interested in talking about the Herald story.
“I’m trying not to pay attention to all that stuff too much,” he said. “I think for me right now it’s just a lot of excitement honestly with me just getting traded to the Flames and now signing and everything.”
When pushed further on what went wrong in Boston, Hamilton refused to answer.
“For me, I’m just going to keep on saying how excited I am to be a Flame and looking forward to the future and everything,” Hamilton said. “What’s in the past is in the past and I think I’m just looking forward to being a Flame to moving to Calgary and seeing the city and the fans.”