Hamilton signed a seven-year, $63 million contract with the Devils on Wednesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Hamilton has been one of the best offensively minded defenseman in the league for quite some time, but he's taken his production to the next level over the past two seasons, racking up 24 goals, 82 points, 350 shots on net and a plus-50 rating while averaging 22:58 of ice time through 102 contests with Carolina. The 28-year-old righty will skate on New Jersey's top pairing and first power-play unit in 2021-22, and although he may not produce at the same rate he's displayed with the Hurricanes over the past two campaigns, he'll still be near the top of the league in points scored among defensemen, making him a highly desirable fantasy asset.
Hamilton was not protected by the Hurricanes in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft. Hamilton is another on a list of great players left exposed to Seattle due to his status as a pending unrestricted free agent. The 28-year-old put up 42 points in 55 games last year and is a combined plus-50 (!) over his last two seasons, so he'll be a boon to whichever team signs him this summer.
Hamilton provided five shots and two hits in 26:55 of ice time in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Lightning in Game 5. Unfortunately for Hamilton and the Hurricanes, Andrei Vasilevskiy was absolutely stellar in this game, providing a shutout to propel the Bolts to another trip to the conference finals in back-to-back seasons. The 27-year-old Hamilton provided five points, 55 shots, 18 hits and 15 blocks in all 10 of the Canes' postseason games. He is a pending UFA this offseason.
Hamilton scored a goal on seven shots and was plus-2 in Saturday's 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4. He also had one block and one hit. Hamilton gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead midway through the second period when his snap shot from the point found its way through traffic. It was the second playoff goal and first of the series for Hamilton, who logged just over 22 minutes of ice time Saturday. The 27-year-old rearguard has five points and a plus-7 rating through 10 playoff contests.
Hamilton recorded a power-play assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning in Game 3. Hamilton took a late tripping penalty in the third period, but the Hurricanes were able to kill it off. He then added the secondary assist on a Sebastian Aho power-play goal in overtime. Hamilton is up to one goal, four helpers, 43 shots on net, 15 hits, 14 blocked shots and a plus-5 rating in nine playoff games.
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