Devils sign free agent D Dougie Hamilton, G Jonathan Bernier
The Devils splashed out in NHL free agency on Wednesday, adding D Dougie Hamilton and G Jonathan bernier to their team, according to several reports.
Hamilton is the big signing, as he’s set to sign a seven-year deal that’s “north of $ 60 million”, Nick Kypreos reports.
A former ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, Hamilton has played for the Bruins, Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes in his nine-year career so far.
He’s really found his place with the Hurricanes, becoming an important part of their blue line over the past three seasons. In 47 games last year, Hamilton totaled 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) with a career-best plus-30 rating.
He’s a true two-way defender and will play a central role in the New Jersey locker room, especially for youngsters like Luc Hugues, which the Devils have just drafted fourth overall to join his brother, Jack hughes.
Bernier could fight for the starting goalie position, and his 13 years of experience have prepared him for it. He has spent the last three seasons in Detroit with the Red Wings and has also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche since joining the league in 2007.
In 24 games last year, Bernier was 9-11 with a .914 save percentage and 2.99 goals-against average.
Bernier’s deal is worth $ 4.125 million over two years, per TSN’s Elliotte Friedman.