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# The plot to acquire Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton is a restricted free agent this summer. Some say the up-and-coming superstar defenseman is just what the Oilers need. Others say the Oilers won't be able to compete against other teams in the bidding war. And others say the Bruins will do anything to lock Hamilton down to avoid another Seguin-style fiasco.

(Article written with files from @OilFanInYYC. And by "files" I mean all the intelligent stuff.)

# Teach me how to Dougie

Man, the Oilers blueline is thin. If only there were a 6’5", 212 pound defenseman who averages a point per 60 minutes and was an RFA this summer. OH WAIT A MINUTE…

There have been renewed whisperings around Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli possibly, maybe, hopefully, throwing the idea around of approaching Bruins’ RFA defenseman Dougie Hamilton with an offer sheet. Should that happen, there is a good chance that on July 1st, Dougie Hamilton will be the highest paid free agent of the day.

Not only would Hamilton provide some desperately needed fireworks on the blueline, but you also get the added drama of former Bruins GM Chiarelli taking his toys with him on his way out of Boston. Sour grapes can taste soooo good. It was Chiarelli himself, after all, who called Dougie Hamilton’s name 9th overall at the 2011 draft. He is certainly well studied in the finer points of Dougie Hamilton and has hung the future on him before.

Yup, Hamilton sure would be nice. Unfortunately he’s probably too far out of reach for the Oilers for two reasons.

The first reason comes from the Bruins camp, such as Ty Anderson at hockeybuzz.com, who says the Bruins will do anything to match an offer made to Hamilton. The Boston Bruins are in the midst of some head scratching as they figure out their cap space issues, with both Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara trending downward but commanding large paycheques of  7 million per year respectively.

Nevertheless, says Anderson, look for the Bruins to find a way to build their future around Dougie Hamilton, rather than let him go to pay their veterans. Let’s also not forget, the Bruins are also desperate to lock down Hamilton for fear of going through a second Seguin-like embarrassment. The Bruins camp says they won’t, or can’t, move Chara, Lucic, or Rask, but you can expect them to clear house with other complementary players in order to build around guys like Hamilton. A short term bridge deal, similar to the one P.K. Subban got, would work well for both camps.

That’s one theory.

# How good is Dougie Hamilton anyway?

So he’s good. But Is he P.K. Subban or Kris Letang good? It’s looking that way, yeah.

Yahoo’s Puck Daddy ran Dougie Hamilton through war-on-ice.com’s Similarity Scores. At the ripe age of 21, he’s averaging over a point per 60 minutes. His Relative Corsi For percentage is a hearty 4.72, the same ballpark as Subban and Letang when they were the same age. That’s also not to mention he’s 6’5" and 212 lbs, and swings around the ice like a wrecking ball. So pretty much a dream defenseman.

Naturally, since he’s putting up the same big numbers, he’s asking for the same big money. Word is he’s gunning for Lucic-Chara kind of money estimated around \$6.5 million.

It sure is hard to walk away from a guy like that.