Veteran hockey observers never like to admit that any personnel transactions in the NHL surprise them. They like to reflect calmly on the thinking process of the parties involved and show why the moves seemed logical to them. These observers then like to provide a forceful opinion on who won the transaction and why.
I want to make an admission: I was surprised the Calgary Flames traded Dougie Hamilton. I was also surprised the Carolina Hurricanes traded Noah Hanifin. The fact they were traded for each other compounded my surprise.
Initially I was uncertain as to what either team was thinking, and I had no opinion on who got the better of the deal. Upon reflection, however, I believe the thinking process of each team can be determined. In order to render an opinion on the exchange, we mus...
About the Author
Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.