CALGARY, AB -- Over the past couple of weeks, rumours have swirled surrounding Calgary Flames' defenceman Dougie Hamilton and the possibility the team has put the 23-year-old on the market for a trade.
Specifically with tonight's visitors, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But this morning, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving shut down any notions that team is looking to move the blueliner.
"I will say it's interesting … I was at a game in Toronto and all of sudden … I wouldn't read anything into that. I go to a lot of games. I was at a couple of other rinks after that and nothing came out of it. Don't believe all that you hear," he said.
"Dougie's an important part of this team. It's hard to find players of his ilk. I don't put a whole lot of stock into all those comments. We always look to improve our team but the comments that we're shopping a particular individual is completely false.
"We go to games all the time. It just seems like you show up in one place and things start to happen."
Hamilton himself hasn't been able to escape the chatter, with rumours popping up on news sites and social media with more and more regularity.
"I've definitely heard all of it," he acknowledged. "I think I'm pretty used to it by now. I think I've been in a lot of rumours, dating back to awhile ago. Just keep playing. It's just noise and it doesn't really affect me too much. I'm just trying to help the Calgary Flames win hockey games."
The rumors picked over the course of the Flames most recent road trip. Paired up with captain Mark Giordano, Hamilton has gotten into a groove and has posted six points in his last six skates. He now sits third in team scoring with two goals and 12 points on the year.
"I've thought he's just been fantastic for us," head coach Glen Gulutzan raved. "Him and Gio have just solidified us. He's played some big minutes against some heavy guys. I just really like that pair. They've really come into their own.
"The rumours, I don't really acknowledge. Dougie's a big part of our group and we really like the way he's playing."