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Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes pull off blockbuster trade

June 23, 2018, 1:51 PM ET [14 Comments]
Todd Cordell
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The Calgary Flames have acquired Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox.

Lindholm is a skilled right-handed forward who can play both center and wing. He has put up 89 points in 153 games over the last two seasons, which equates to ~48 per 82 games. For perspective, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk were the only Flames to record 48+ points this past season.

Hanifin is a promising left-handed defender whose numbers continue to improve. His point totals, Relative Corsi For% and Scoring Chance For% have increased each year in the league and, at 21, there is still a lot of room for growth.

We all know what Hamilton brings to the table. He's an elite offensive defenseman who can score goals, produce points, drive play, and log big minutes. There are very few players like Hamilton, ​which is why I think trading him is a bad idea.

Ferland maybe overachieved a little over the last couple years but he is a really good complimentary goal scorer who plays with a big time edge. The Hurricanes have talked about wanting to be more physical, and establishing a better culture, and Ferland should help with that.

Fox has quickly developed into an excellent defense prospect. There were questions about his signability, which likely played a role in him being involved in this deal.

The Flames added more pure skill up front, and Hanifin is no slouch on the back-end, but they gave up the best player in the trade, a solid goal scorer with some bite, and a really promising prospect.

I don't think the trade is a disaster but I definitely prefer Carolina's side of the deal.

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