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Hanny/Hammy
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Hanny/Hammy

So it's only been one game, but I see now what the Flames saw in this pair, why Hanifin is here and Dougie is not.

So lets start with that, Dougie vs Hanny. When the trade was made that was the comparison but it wasn't a fair one. Hamilton was a #2, not a 1, and his replacement was Brodie, not Hanifin. Brodie has played the #2 and starred when Gio went down. He looks much more comfortable there and will be a good complement to Gio.

Hanifin was brought in to be a 3/4 pair with Hamonic. Hamonic was acquired to be a defensive specialist, and can be with the right setup. At 21, with 230 some NHL games played, Hanifin will be here a long long time. He will eventually replace the top pair as a 1/2, just like Gio worked his way up from #6. And Brodie did as a #7 spare part.

But he doesnt have to be that now, this season. He just has to be a steady 3/4 who chips in with some offence. A big kid who can skate and play the PP, tied up for 6 years @4.95 mil per?

He'll be just fine.
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#2
I agree. While Dougie is a top tier RD, Brodie is a top 2 guy in his own right. We don't lose as much as some people think with him patrolling the right side. I believe Tre performed some succession planning for the inevitable when Gio will not be the #1 guy. And that day isn't that far away. Tre also saw, and seized, the opportunity to parlay a strength in one area to another with the acquisition of Lindholm. It was quite brilliant in my estimation as we now have a capability at forward we were lacking for many years.

When Tre brought in Hamonic a lot of people in these forums (including non flames fans) felt that we had acquired another premiere piece. A piece that many other teams were after. For whatever reason the performance we were expecting didn't happen. Some blames Brodie's wandering ways, some blame Gully's system, other say Hamonic isn't as good as we think he is.

I think Hamonic is a very good defenceman and needs structure to be that guy. The structure will come from the system which won't be too far off of last year's and the structure will come from a more conventional partner. Hanifin can skate like Brodie and will no doubt go deep from time to time, but I'm guessing not as often as Brodie. He'll play more of a defensive game like a Gio and still contribute his points like a Gio. He'll mesh well with Hammy and at the end of the day the Flames will have a 3-4 pairing that they can rely on.
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The best comparison for Hamonic would be Vlasic, IMHO. He plays 2nd pair as Burns plays top pair, and doesnt put up nbrs that statmonkeys watch. But everyone wants Vlasic as their 2nd pair including Olympic teams cuz that's what he does. He'll probably pair with Karlsson.

Hamonic, with the right partner, can be that guy, which is why teams were trying to acquire him. I think people are going to like this years version of Hammy.
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As long as either aren't Ham-Handed we'll be fine.
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I think and I’m hoping Hammy is better this year with a year under his belt as a Flame . Sometime especially for a Defenseman it takes time to find the comfort level . Not sure Hammy will be the offensive guy I was expecting but if he can be solid in our end Hanifin can use his talents offensively .
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