Hurricanes Looking to Sign Extension with Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton with Hurricanes in 2019. Photo by Kevin Schultz/CSM/Shutterstock (10455886ar)

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to convince Dougie Hamilton to sign a contract extension with the team prior to the start of the new NHL season.

Currently, the 27-year-old player is in the final year of his six-year contract with the Hurricanes and is en route to becoming an unrestricted free agent should he allow the contract to lapse.

General manager Don Waddell remains confidant in his team’s ability to convince Hamilton to resign with the franchise. He explained that the two parties are coming close to discussing Hamilton’s future with the squad and that negotiations may open up once Hamilton returns from his trip to Toronto.

Hamilton performed admirably for the Hurricanes last season, 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in 47 regular-season games. This was before Hamilton fractured his left fibula on January 16 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Should Hamilton resign with the Hurricanes, the North Carolina-based team will have a strong defensive lineup going into the new season, including the likes of Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei, Jake Gardiner and Haydn Fleury, all of whom committed themselves to represent the Hurricanes during the upcoming season.