During the NHL’s last off-season, the Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes were very intertwined, where the Flames hired new Coach Bill Peters, signed forward Derek Ryan and, made a trade acquiring Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox.
The trade served as the biggest news of all between the Hurricanes and Flames and many Flames fans were confused as to why the team would get rid of fan favourites, Hamilton and Ferland.
As the 2018-19 season rages on it is becoming more apparent that Flames General Manager, Brad Treliving, knew what he was doing when he dealt for Lindholm and Hanifin — who have a combined 83 points this season compared to the 44 points Hamilton and Ferland have combined for in this season.
The new pieces have been vital to the Flames lineup and success, which holds them at first in the Western Conference and second in the league overall.
The Hurricanes however have been having a mediocre season at best — they sit four points out of a wildcard spot and have a total of 54 points.
With their current situation it would not be surprising if the Hurricanes looked to move both Hamilton and Ferland — or at least one of them to make a push for the playoffs. This type of deal has been rumored for some time, but nothing has come of it this far.
Calgary took away 2 points in a 3-2 overtime win the last time these two teams went toe-to-toe and they will meet again on Sunday, February 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Although there is no judge on how good Adam Fox will be in the NHL, at this point in the trade, it would appear that the Calgary Flames are the winner of this trade and will continue to have success involving Lindholm and Hanifin.