Hurricanes could deal Dougie Hamilton as they look to enter trade market

Hurricanes defenceman Dougie Hamilton (Kyusung Gong/AP)

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking like they want to enter the trade market and could use defenceman Dougie Hamilton to do so.

“[A] name I’m curious about is Dougie Hamilton,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada Saturday. “They have four right-shot defencemen, they’ve been asked about Hamilton. If you’re willing to come back to them with a score I think that they would consider doing it.”

Hamilton has 13 points and eight assists this season and as a right-shot defenceman who’s only 25-years-old he could offer a fair bit of value, particularly because he’s under contract until the end of the 2020-21 season.

It also looks like the Hurricanes want to trade forward Micheal Ferland, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Possible extension talks between him and Carolina, according to Friedman, are not close.

“[A] team that has said, ‘We cannot be in a position to lose an unrestricted free agent for nothing’ is Carolina and I believe that’s why a lot of talks have heated up on Micheal Ferland,” Friedman said. “I don’t think they’re anywhere close between the team and the player.”

Ferland has 19 points and 12 goals for the Hurricanes this season, his first with the club after he was traded from the Calgary Flames last June.

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25.

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