Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes by the Calgary Flames for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm on Saturday.
"I'm excited to be part of a young group and hopefully I can develop even more with the young guys and help Carolina become a playoff team and all that," Hamilton said. "It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to it."
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The 25-year-old defenseman had 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 82 games for the Flames this season. He has 220 points (64 goals, 156 assists) in 423 NHL games with the Flames and Boston Bruins. He was the No. 9 pick by the Bruins in the 2011 NHL Draft.
"I really enjoyed my time in Calgary," Hamilton said. "I didn't really know what to expect moving there when I was 21 or 22 or whatever. I think I've grown up a lot as a person the last couple years in Calgary and I was, I think, lucky to be able to do that there. ... I'm really grateful for my time there."
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Hanifin, a 21-year-old defenseman, had NHL career highs in goals (10) and points (32) in 79 games with the Hurricanes this season, his third in the League. He also played in his first NHL All-Star Game.
"I'm obviously thrilled," Hanifin told the Flames website. "It's good to get a little bit of a change, especially going to a team in a big hockey town that expects success."
Carolina selected Hanifin with the No. 5 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has 83 points (18 goals, 65 assists) in 239 NHL games.
"When you do your homework on Noah, I love the drive," Flames general manager Brad Treliving told TSN. "He wants to be a really, really top player. He's prepared to put in the work. When these guys come into the League, it's like they're going to change the world in their first year or two years. He's already a real good player and there's upside."
Lindholm, a 23-year-old center, had 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 81 games for the Carolina. He was the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and has 188 points (64 goals, 124 assists) in 374 games with the Hurricanes.
Hanifin and Lindholm played for Bill Peters in Carolina. Peters was named Flames coach on April 23.
"Bill's an intelligent guy, a great coach," Hanifin said. "We had a good relationship during our time together in Carolina, so the familiarity will make the transition easier for me.
"The first thing I thought when I heard I was going to Calgary was how many pieces are already there for success. Elias and I are excited to help build on that, try to get into the playoffs this year and go from there. … I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
Treliving said he has started talking with representatives for Hanifin and Lindholm, who can each become a restricted free agent July 1. Peters said Lindholm could play right wing on Calgary's top line with Johnny Gaudreau and center Sean Monahan.
Ferland, a 26-year-old forward, had 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 77 games for the Flames. A fifth-round pick by Calgary (No. 133) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has 89 points (42 goals, 47 assists) in 250 NHL games.
"On the ice he's just so talented at everything," Hamilton told the News & Observer. "He's a big body and he's got a really good shot. He's smart and really skilled, especially for his size (6-foot-2, 208 pounds). Everyone who has played with him or against him knows how hard he can hit and how physical and tough he is. I'm excited to have him on our team again."
Fox, a 20-year-old defenseman, had 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 29 games in his second season with Harvard University. He was Calgary's third-round pick (No. 66) in the 2016 NHL Draft.
"We've gone nine years missing the playoffs," Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell told NHL Network. "[We] said in the offseason, we have new ownership [with] Tom Dundon; we needed to change up the culture a little bit."
"I think Brad and I started talking about this three, four weeks ago. We had a million deals going on, but it really came to a head today where we said, 'Let's focus on making the deal or turn the page.' We spent a good hour; their table was right behind mine (at the 2018 NHL Draft) so it was easy to stay on top of them and get a deal done."
This is the second straight year the Flames have made a major trade on the second day of the draft; they sent their first-round pick in the 2018 draft to the New York Islanders for defenseman Travis Hamonic on June 24, 2017. The Islanders used that pick (No. 12) to select defenseman Noah Dobson on Friday.
"We're excited about the players we're getting," Treliving said. "The players that we moved, those are good players ... Dougie's a terrific player. We wish them all the best and we're happy with the return."