Talks between the Bruins and restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton could soon pick up steam.
J.P. Barry, the agent for Hamilton, will be in Sunrise, Fla. later this week for the NHL draft. It’s expected that he and the B’s will talk shop as the sides look to find common ground on Hamilton’s next contract.
Hamilton, 22, is coming off his entry-level contract. Given his experience and his comparables, a long-term deal would likely command a steep cap hit, perhaps similar to that of Drew Doughty’s eight-year, $56 million deal.
The Bruins could sign Hamilton to a shorter-term deal with a lower cap hit, but that would get Hamilton closer to unrestricted free agency, at which point he could command much more money.
If the Bruins and Hamilton to not strike a deal by July 1, Hamilton will be able to seek offer sheets from other teams. Should he sign with one of those teams, the Bruins would have seven days to either match that contract or take draft pick compensation instead.
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