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Dougie Hamilton wants to stay with Hurricanes beyond 2021

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Veteran defenceman Dougie Hamilton is an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season. Despite the uncertainty of his future, he feels at home in Carolina and has expressed his interest in returning in recent days. As expected, he isn’t too concerned about something that is months away.

“For me, I’d like to stay here, but I’m going to let my agent and [Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell] talk…I just want to focus on hockey and helping the team win.” said Hamilton.

The 27-year old, who was initially acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames in June 2018, has posted 32 goals, 47 assists and a plus-30 rating over a span of two seasons and 129 games with the franchise.

His teammates and coaches certainly love him. They believe he is an integral part of the franchise, and hope the two sides can agree to some sort of deal sooner than later.

“From what I’ve heard, we’ve certainly been trying to sign him. I think that’s a priority. He’s a big part of our team.” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour.

“I understand that being in that situation can certainly put pressure on a player, so we don’t want to do that…Hopefully, they come to some sort of agreement because we love him around here.”

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Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer tests positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche are going to have to get by without their starting goalie for a little while.

The team has confirmed that Philipp Grubauer will be sidelined for at least two weeks after being placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol after a positive COVID-19 test.

“It’ll be at least 14 days before his next game,” said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.

“Not ideal, but I know he’ll be hungry to get back in the net when he’s healthy.”

The 29-year old has posted a 25-8-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and five shutouts in 34 games this season.

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Bruins bolster offence with Taylor Hall acquisition

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The Boston Bruins have added some much-needed scoring depth as they look to move up the standings in the East division.

The team has acquired former MVP Taylor Hall and veteran forward Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Hall, 29, has struggled this season with the Sabres, posting just two goals and 19 assists in 37 games. But getting out of the toxic environment in Buffalo and onto a contending team in Boston will more likely than not get him out of his season-long funk and back to his All-Star ways.

He is in the final season of a one-year, $8 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent again this offseason.

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Leafs acquire Nick Foligno, Stefan Noesen in three-team trade with Blue Jackets, Sharks

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a big splash ahead of the trade deadline.

The team announced it has acquired veteran forward Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Stefan Noesen from the San Jose Sharks. As part of the deal, they have sent their 2021 first round draft pick and 2022 fourth rounder to the Blue Jackets, and a 2021 fourth round draft pick to the Sharks.

In order to fit him in the salary cap, the Leafs will only retain 25% of Foligno’s salary.

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