Friedman on potential suitors for Hamilton

With Dougie Hamilton’s potential availability from the Carolina Hurricanes, there should be no shortage of interest from teams on the trade front.

Elliotte Friedman had a Tuesday evening radio hit on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590.

As part of a larger conversation on the defenseman, the Insider was asked about any guesses as to which teams might have interest.

“I think there would be a few,” indicated Friedman. “I would think St. Louis. Last year at the draft, Dougie Hamilton - he was traded obviously to Carolina - but I know that there were people who thought before that he was going to be traded to St. Louis, and that deal fell apart at the end. So I’ve got to think the Blues would be around there.

“The one team I just think is going to swing at anything right now is going to be Pittsburgh because as long as Crosby and Malkin are in their primes, I think they will take a look at anything that could help them. The match for a scorer, I just don’t see it there. I don’t know if I see the match between the Penguins and the Hurricanes.

“To be honest guys, I wouldn’t be surprised - and I don’t have any evidence that they’ve talked about it, and I would tend to think right now that they haven’t - but it wouldn’t surprise me if a team like Toronto looked into something like that.”

Hamilton has two years beyond 2018-19 remaining on his current six-year, $34.5 million contract, which carries a $5.75 million cap hit.

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