Dougie Hamilton Comments on His Future in Carolina!

Dougie Hamilton has been everything as advertised for the Carolina Hurricanes and if you ask the 27-year-old defenseman, he's enjoyed his time in Raleigh, and doesn't want to go anywhere. The elite defenseman is entering the final year of his current contract and at this time doesn't appear close to an extension. He's hoping that changes, and soon.

Hamilton recently spoke with the media about his future in Carolina and had this to say about his career aspirations: 

For me, I'd like to stay here, but I'm going to let my agent (J.P. Barry) and [Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell] talk. I just want to focus on hockey and helping the team win.

Last season Hamilton was having a monster year before a broken leg derailed it in January but the defenseman was able to come back in time for the playoffs and chipped in with a couple points in five games. His 40 points in 47 games was a career high pace and he'll look to build off that success early on in this 56-game shortened season.

If it was up to Hurricanes' head coach, Rod Brind'Amour, the deal would already be completed:

From what I've heard, we've certainly been trying to sign him. I think that's a priority. He's a big part of our team.

Expect to see Hamilton's name on the dotted line sometime soon, as he'll be leading the 'bunch of jerks' defense core for years to come. 

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