N.H.L. Draft Day 2: Hurricanes Get Hamilton coming from Flames in a few-Player Deal
DALLAS — The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton on Saturday as part of a a few-player trade with the Calgary Flames at the N.H.L. draft.
Carolina got Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland as well as the prospect Adam Fox of Harvard coming from Calgary for center Elias Lindholm as well as defenseman Noah Hanifin.
Hamilton, 25, has been traded at the draft twice after going coming from the Boston Bruins to the Flames three years ago. The 6-foot-6 right shot defender has 220 points in 423 regular-season games.
Trading the pending restricted free agents Lindholm as well as Hanifin is usually the latest shake-up for Carolina since Thomas Dundon bought the team coming from Peter Karmanos Jr. of which year. The Hurricanes had replaced Ron Francis as general manager with Don Waddell as well as promoted assistant Rod Brind’Amour to head coach.
Carolina is usually looking to end the league’s longest playoff drought, nine seasons.
Hanifin, 21, the fifth overall pick from the 2015 draft, as well as Lindholm, 23, are reunited with the former Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, who stepped down at the end of the season amid uncertainty within the front office. Ferland had a career-high 78 points last season.
Kovalchuk Returns to Join Kings
Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Kings.
Kovalchuk, 35, scored 816 points in 816 games for the Atlanta Thrashers as well as the Devils before leaving in 2013 for the Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg. He led the K.H.L. in scoring last season, as well as he was the most valuable player of the Olympic tournament, leading the Olympic Athletes coming from Russia to a gold medal.
Kovalchuk was the first Russian to be the No. 1 pick from the N.H.L. draft when Atlanta chose him in 2001. He spent nearly eight years with the Thrashers as well as three as well as a half seasons with the Devils, who acquired him in a trade in February 2010.
Three seasons into a 15-year, $100 million contract with brand new Jersey, Kovalchuk left for St. Petersburg amid complaints about North American taxes as well as living far coming from his family. Kovalchuk as well as his wife have four children.
Rangers Rebuild With Young Players
The Rangers held fast to their rebuilding strategy, resisting trades as well as drafting seven players on Saturday.
They selected the Swedish goaltender Olof Lindbom from the second round as well as defenseman Jacob Ragnarsson as well as a Chicago-born defenseman, Joey Keane from the third.
In Round 4, they took the Swiss-born defenseman Nico Gross, the Finnish right wing Lauri Pajuniemi from the fifth, the Swedish defenseman Simon Kjellberg from the sixth as well as the Boston-area forward Riley Hughes with the seventh.
“I’m definitely excited about what we were able to do,” Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton said. “We drafted 10 players as well as we felt Great about every one of them.”
The Islanders also had an active weekend. After announcing the hiring of Barry Trotz as coach on Thursday, they selected forward Oliver Wahlstrom as well as defenseman Noah Dobson from the first round, defenseman Bode Wilde as well as the Russian-born forward Ruslan Iskhakov from the second, goaltender Jakub Skarek coming from the Czech Republic from the third as well as forward Jacob Pivonka from the fourth.
John Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, indicated through his agent Pat Brison of which he might meet that has a few teams early next week. The Islanders are optimistic of which Tavaras, the 27-year-old center, will re-sign with the team of which made him the overall No.1 pick in 2009.