There are many rumors circulating around NHL especially the ones concerning Boston Bruins. It’s quite obvious that the squad is currently facing one of the biggest challenges on the new Don Sweeney era. Will they still retain or soon give up restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton?
Well, reports say that the B’s do want to keep the 22-year-old defenseman in the Black and Gold but it seems that the organization still have to figure out a nice way to keep Hamilton and of course, resolve the salary cap issue.
If you remember, Hamilton was grabbed by the Bruins in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2011 draft. He has played 178 games in a Bruins uniform in his three NHL seasons. He’s continued to improve each season for the Bruins, and he racked up personal bests last season in goals, and overall points. He also had to step up big time for the Black and Gold when injuries claimed Zdeno Chara. While the Bruins didn’t make the post-season, Dougie still led Bruins defensemen in points. Overall, he was third in time on ice per game, 21:20.
He is an asset, yes, but how much is his worth? Is he worth more than $8-10 million a year? Well, it could be a very big problem for the B’s if that’s his worth.
I think, for a team that is heavily cap crunched like Boston, letting Hamilton go might be the best solution. Besides, it’s better to add 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks than to keep him with the Black and Gold.
With some rumors telling that there are some companies who want to give Hamilton’s side a high offer sheet, surely, Bostons are somewhat shaken. So, instead of thinking to match that high offer sheet by other squad, why don’t Boston try to build up their team’s defensive system around the 1st-3rd round picks? After all, Bruins have to remember, they only have somewhere in the ballpark of $10 million in cap space, putting them in a financial tornado.
If they really want to see the playoffs this year, the new GM must decide as soon as possible. Surely, the rest of the team especially the new head want to get themselves out of cap jail. And the only best decision is to let Hamilton go. Who knows, after one or two years, the salary cap size won’t be the B’s headache anymore.