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Arizona claims Freddie Hamilton off waivers, Flames recall Marek Hrivik

Ladies and gentlemen, the Calgary Flames are down to one Hamilton brother in their organization. Forward Freddie Hamilton, elder brother to Flames blueliner Dougie Hamilton, has reportedly been claimed off the waiver wire by the worst team in the National Hockey League, the Arizona Coyotes.

In a corresponding move, the Flames have recalled forward Marek Hrivik from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

Hamilton, 26, was originally acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional seventh round pick. The condition never converted because Hamilton didn’t get enough NHL time, so essentially they got him for free. The Avalanche were up against the contract limit and didn’t really know what to do with him, so playing on his brother’s team was a natural fit.

He spent much of 2015-16 with Stockton and only ended up playing 38 NHL games and amassing five points during roughly two full seasons on the Flames’ big league roster. He was a frequent healthy scratch, but was praised by the coaching staff for always being ready to play when called upon. Hamilton’s a fairly versatile player and his low, low cap hit ($613,000 AAV) is definitely useful for a budget team like the Coyotes, but he’s more or less a fringe body at this juncture.

Hrivik, 26, was signed as a free agent this summer after spending his North American career in the New York Rangers organization, primarily with their AHL affiliate in Hartford. A useful depth body – strong in the AHL and decent in the NHL in limited use – Hrivik has 29 points in 28 games with Stockton. Listed as a left wing, he can play all three forward positions and gives the Flames’ bottom six group a bit of versatility and energy.

With Hamilton’s claim, the Flames are down to 46 active NHL contracts.

  • freethe flames

    Arizona now has to waive someone. They could send someone down who does not need to clear waivers. It will be interesting to see if the Flames recall someone; especially with the flu running through this team.

    • HAL MacInnis

      I never had a problem with Freddie. I hope he gets some real ice time with Arizona. This is the best situation for him to be in because, at the end of the day, these guys are here to play hockey.

    • Rockmorton65

      I don’t know if you can call it desperation. They’re not getting the results they expected, so they’re tinkering. Frolik’s hurt, so not a bad time to experiment before making a move. No sense trading assets for scoring if it can be found in house. Maybe there’s a trade coming, who knows?

      • Skylardog

        They have gone from a total reluctance in giving prospects a shot at the beginning of the season, to bringing them in on a weekly basis. We started the year with Kulak (in the popcorn seast I might add, added Janko 15 or so games in, then Rittich only a month or so ago. Now we have Hathaway, Mangi, Hrivik in the last 4 weeks or so, and they are not just bringing in guys for injury issues, but clearing out guys to make room.

        Many of these guys, like Mangi, never even got a decent shot in training camp. For a team that totally resisted prospects, they have added 2 this week and haven’t even decided how to use Mangi yet. Something changed, you can feel it in the air.

        Anyone else get a feeling Jagr is a scratch again tonight?

        • The Beej


          They are not desperate. The prospects all have development plans in place. Things are going exactly according to plan. Kulak was eased in according to plan. Same with Janko.

          Would we like a few more wins. Of course. Regarding prospects there are long term plans in place.

          Just because you as a fan are panicking and do understand that basing all decision making on small sample sizez and short term results does not mean Flames mgmt are doing the same.


          Tkachuk. Mangiapane. Rittich. Kulak. Janko. Hathaway. Hrivik.

          Its just taking longer than you would like.

    • TJ85

      New member of FlamesNation here – popping my cherry with this post.

      One idea I batted around with some buddies last week was trading D. Hamilton for a legit top RW. We have guys who are NHL ready (Anderson, perhaps Kylington or Fox next year), and that could mean sliding Brodie back up with Gio where he thrived previously. I think Kulak could be ready for top 4 minutes as well. We desperately need a RH sniper, especially on the PP. The obvious candidate for trade would be the Leafs, who have a surplus of young talented shooters (Marner, Nylander) and a big hole in their top 4 D. I wonder if there’s a blockbuster to be made here…

        • McRib

          “Kulak is 0-7-7 in nearly 60GP. I just don’t see him as a 4D”

          Michael Stone who you regularly support on here has 9 Points in 58GP as a Flame and gets far more PP time then Kulak does. One thing is certain Rasmus Andersson would have more than 0.15 PPG if he was on the big club, Stone is also terrible defensively according to analytics for what it’s worth, but I digress.

      • Cfan in Van

        That won’t happen at all. Even with good prospect depth, they’re not going to bank on Anderson/Kylingtion/Fox/Kulak dealing well with top 4 minutes. They also won’t put Brodie back with Gio as long as GG is the coach and with Brodie’s play this year, they’d still probably be hesitant to put him in the 1st pairing.
        That type of trade is at LEAST 1.5 seasons away, in my opinion.

        • TJ85

          Perhaps you’re right, may not be in the cards right away. But there will be time soon when they will likely have a surplus of NHL ready D (Valimaki might be only a couple years away as well). I just think if they have the ability to deal from a position of strength and not give up picks/prospect capital, its a good move

        • McRib

          “That won’t happen at all. Even with good prospect depth, they’re not going to bank on Anderson/Kylingtion/Fox/Kulak dealing well with top 4 minutes”

          As long as Hamonic and Stone are getting Top. 4 minutes, we will be outside of the playoffs looking in. I don’t get it Vegas is top of the West with a team full of young players and we are all making an argument to keep Andersson off the NHL roster. It’s a young persons game now.

          Stone and Hamonic have a combined 8 Points this season, which just isn’t acceptable in today’s game where you need offense from the back end. Both are also liabilities at best defensively (they were both Bottom. 5 defenseman in the NHL last year from an analytics standpoint. If they can’t at least generate offense what good are they?).

    • BendingCorners

      They had a plan contingent on the rate of prospect development. The prospects have developed and injuries have created openings. Seems completely rational to me, not rushed or desperate at all.

    • Broken

      Not desperation. More like common sense. F Hamilton just one of three other guys not getting the job done (Brouwer, Lazar and Stajan). The team may actually be able to piece together a fourth line that’s functional. Between Brouwer, Lazar, Stajan and Freddie they’d combined for two goals and some horrid possession stats.

  • Stockton's Finest

    Wow. This weekend is going to be crazy in Stockton. The last time I saw them was on the 9th.
    Time for me to sharpen my pencil and report what the Heat trot out. I am pretty sure I will see Parsons on Saturday.

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      Parsons might be given some gel time before getting any crease time? Any news on the over NHL game #’s for Vet players in Stockton? or does moving Hrivik up clear up that issue?

    • The Fall

      Keep those reports coming…
      I get the sense they were expecting Freddie to play this weekend: Golden opportunity for Klim, Foo, Hunter, Poirier to finally show up.

      • Stockton's Finest

        Yes. Findlay, Pelley, Lomberg (who really is a winger), and either Cramarossa or Pollock all have played Center.
        If I had to guess (and will confirm tomorrow), line combos will be:
        Shinkaruk, Findlay, Klimchuk
        Poirier, Lomberg, Foo
        Carroll, Pollock, Gazdic
        Glass, Pelley, Cramarossa
        On Defense:
        Andersson, Wotherspoon
        Kylington, Goloubef
        Proud, one of Healey, Mattsson, Robak, Yevenko
        Gillies in goal on Friday; Parsons takes the crease Saturday.

    • everton fc

      Hamilton getting signed by Arizona, and Hrivik coming here solves Stockton’s problem w/having too many “veteran players”. Win for all sides, concerned. Freddie gets more playing/golf time, in Phoenix! 😉

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    OK, well (in all ridiculousness)if Dougie wants to follow his big bro? trade him & Brouwer (or Stajan, or both) for Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Arizona’s First Rd this year. And I’m cool with that. 🙂

  • deantheraven

    Sad to see Freddie leave, but you all know I’m a bit sentimental at times. Hope Marek (’cause I can’t pronounce his last name, so I won’t write it until I can) can play solid minutes and earn a spot for next year. Maybe Tre is finally up to making all those hard decisions we’ve been yelling for. Next will be to sit Brouwer. Marek between Stajan (for now) and Jagr could be a strong 4th line.

  • buts

    Lots of periphery moves and it looks a lot better on the organization not having this nepotism in it. We all know these moves are NOT what is really needed…it’s the coach that needs to be moved. We will probably lose some players that will come back to haunt us (Lazar) if we keep making moves to win, when we know our coach is in over his head.

  • Trevy

    Roger Millions just tweeted there could be an announcement on Jagr tomorrow. I have a feeling Jagr could hang them up or at the very least, be out for another stretch of time

  • Scoring_guru

    Dougie Hamilton has always reminded me of a Jay Bouwmeester 2.0. Good skater, tall, big body but his give a crap meter is always on low. You don’t win with guys like Dougie. You win with Gio or Matthew Tkachuk where they will do anything to win. We are slowing gaining some good puck moving solid skating defensemen in Stockton. I agree that we should see if the Leafs are willing to make a trade for a good skating defenseman named Dougie…. although I am sure he has a no move clause knowing the Flames.

      • Kevin R

        I would rather trade Brodie, who also has 2 years left on a very nice contract. Brodie is like 3 years older than Hamilton, so I would rather keep the younger guy. But Hamilton would have more value.

      • Cfan in Van

        I agree with that. His style might not jive with some people here, but he’s effective and if he was used more on the PP, he’d have much better offensive numbers. You don’t move him until someone’s ready to take over top pairing minutes.

  • Stockton's Finest

    If they would have sent him down a month ago when he cleared waivers the first time, we would not be talking about this. Freddie would be centering the second line.
    But for whatever reason, he did not come.

    • BendingCorners

      Who knows? BT could have been clearing space for a trade that fell through. This time round they had Hrivik ready to promote and got unlucky on the waiver. Pretty much guarantees Lazar can’t be safely waived though.

  • Stockton's Finest

    Heat just announced that they recalled Darren Nowich from Kansas City. In 19 games he has 14 points (5-9-14). He is also a center. They sent Mason McDonald back to KC.

  • Jobu

    By promoting the Heats big gunners, we will actually be giving some quality minutes to guys to prove themselves in the A. I speak mostly of Poirier, Klimchuk, Foo and Shinkaruk. It will certainly help identify if any of these guys are worth resigning (sans Foo with 1 year left).

    • everton fc

      Sad/good? thing is we are stacked, on LW. Could he play RW?? Would he better than Hathaway, on our 3rd line?? Will he be able to replace someone like Frolik???

  • dash

    I don’t understand all the Dougie trade talk. The team needs him and if they were to trade him they better get a lot more than what people are suggesting. Top pairing defenseman are extremely valuable. Look at what Edmonton give up for a 3-4 defenseman.

    • DeadRedRedemption

      You win this comment thread. If Hamilton is traded for anything less than a premium forward, Tre has lost his mind.

      D.Hamilton should command better than a T.Hall type player.

      Also, he better not be traded for quantity instead of quality. Also the second, Tre better not gamble on another reclamation project. If Tre and co. are going for it this year, this needs to be a blockbuster 1 for 1 deal. Anything else throws the flames into another 10 years of mediocrity.

      That said, I don’t think Hamilton will be traded.

  • Alberta Ice

    Keep the farm team producing. Hrivik might have a bit more hunger to succeed, so I like what the Flames are doing.
    And I don’t think it’s panic. Bringing up your investments to find out what they can do has been long overdue for this team. And I have not been disappointed by Kulak, Janokowski, Mangiapane, or Rittich. They have given me hope big time for the future. On the other hand, what have trades done for us lately? And having Gillies, Parsons, Dube, Phillips, and Fox deep in the pipeline really make me hopeful for the future.