The Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes both missed the playoffs last season and they both needed a trade to shake up the roster. Calgary decided to trade defenseman Dougie Hamilton, NCAA defenseman Adam Fox, and forward Micheal Ferland to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin.
In 82 games played last season Hamilton, scored 17 goals and recorded 27 assists. His plus/minus was 1. The Carolina Hurricanes got a much needed veteran defenseman in their locker room. The Calgary Flames didn’t want him around anymore. Hamilton will also be a good mentor.
Fox played in 29 games with Harvard University (NCAA) last season. He scored six goals and recorded 22 assists. His plus/minus was 3. Fox is a solid two-way defenseman and he was a third round pick in 2016 by the Calgary Flames.
Micheal Ferland is a very gritty player. In 77 games played last season, he scored 21 goals and recorded 20 assists. His plus/minus was 5.
Noah Hanifin is just 21 years old and he was the fifth overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL Draft. Hanifin scored 10 goals and recorded 22 assists, in 79 games. His plus/minus was -20.
A new change of scenery won’t be a bad thing for him. He has underachieved so far in his NHL career and maybe Hanifin can maximize his potential.
Elias Lindholm is 23 years old and he has the potential to break out next season. Lindhom scored 16 goals and recorded 28 assists, in 81 games last season. His plus/minus was -8.
Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindhom are both restricted free agents come July 1, if not signed by the Calgary Flames before then.
Adam Fox isn’t signed to entry-level deal yet, Dougie Hamilton is signed for two more years and owed $5.75 million each season, and Micheal Ferland is owed $1.8 million next season and he will be a restricted free agent after the 2018-2019 season.
This was a good trade for both teams.