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BRIND'AMOUR CONFIRMS HAMILTON WILL MISS FIRST GAME IN SERIES AGAINST RANGERS

As expected, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton will not suit up for game one of the Canes' qualifying round series against the New York Rangers, per head coach Rod Brind'Amour.

Hamilton was injured during a session in training camp on July 22nd, but the injury is not believed to be related to the knee injury he suffered in January, resulting in the blueliner requiring surgery to repair the damage.



Early speculation from Canes beat reporter Sara Civian was that Hamilton's injury was expected to keep him out on a week-to-week basis. Though Brind'Amour has confirmed that the dynamic defenseman is getting better, he also declared that Hamilton was still labelled as "unfit to play", without providing any sort of a timetable for his return.

Prior to Hamilton's original injury in January, he had recorded 40 points through 47 games. With that sort of elite production, the Canes are eagerly awaiting his return to the lineup. Inserting a minute-munching, point-producing defenseman like the 27-year-old Hamilton would be an absolute game-changer in this series.

MIKE ARMENTI
JULY 31, 2020  (14H39)
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