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name on the screen as part of a trade to the Carolina Hurricanes.

”That’s where I found out,” Hamilton said.

He might want to stay tuned because the Hurricanes are just getting
started.

Carolina acquired Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and forward prospect Adam
Fox from the Calgary Flames on Saturday for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman
Noah Hanifin in the latest move during a time of drastic turnover. The
Hurricanes, who have missed the playoffs each of the past nine seasons, have
gotten a new owner, general manager and coach so far this year and will have a
very different team on the ice.

”When you’ve gone as long as we have without making the playoffs the message
is we want to be better, we want to compete and we want to win,” GM Don Waddell
said. ”We have a lot of other possibilities, pieces to move around. We wanted to
acquire the best players we could and let the rest shake out as we move
forward.”

Waddell started shaking up the roster by shipping out two pending restricted
free agents in Lindholm and Hanifin and added a right-shot defender in Hamilton
who could make co-captain Justin Faulk expendable. The Hurricanes should trade
for a goaltender and could move Faulk and winger Jeff Skinner soon.

”We’ll stay busy Ryan
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get done. I’m pretty confident something will get done, whether it’s in the next
few days or next 10 days.”

The 25-year-old Hamilton now has been traded at the draft twice after going
from the Boston Bruins to the Flames three years ago. Waddell said there were
”no red flags” about Hamilton because of that and was thrilled to pick up an
offensive-minded blue liner who has 220 points in 423 regular-season games.

Hamilton figures being traded is easier this time.

”It’s definitely a learning experience, something that helps you grow,”
Hamilton said on a conference call. ”You have to go through different
experiences and stuff and I think you get growth from that.”

The Hurricanes have gone through some growing pains over the past few months.
Tom Dundon bought the team from Peter Karmanos Jr. removed Ron Francis as
general manager and replaced him with Waddell and promoted assistant Rod
Brind’Amour to head coach.

This trade changes Brind’Amour’s mix as Carolina looks to end the league’s
longest playoff drought. Ferland gives the Hurricanes a big winger who can
produce after putting up a career-high 41 points last season with Calgary.

”We talked all along that we feel like we’ve got a lot of skill pieces up
front and we need a little size and muscle up front, so Ferland, who scored 20
or 21 goals last year, fit that bill pretty well for us,” Waddell said.

Giving up the 21-year-old Hanifin and 23-year-old Lindholm was a heavy price
to pay for the Hurricanes. Hanifin was the fifth overall pick in 2015 and joins
an already deep blue line that includes Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie.

Hanifin and Lindholm are reunited in Calgary with coach Bill Peters, who
stepped down from the Hurricanes at the end of the season amid uncertainty
within the front office.

”Obviously Bill spoke very highly of both players and really likes both
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character. He liked both players. It was a great resource to have.”

This story has been corrected to show that Micheal Ferland had 41, not 78,
points last season.

Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers
linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery
from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at
best.

While there is a sense of loss, there is no sense of panic. The Steelers
understand there is no one player that has Shazier’s mix of speed and smarts. So
they’re not even going to try to replace him.

Expect a group that includes free-agent signee Jon Bostic, Tyler Matakevich
and possibly even rookie Terrell Edmunds as part of the committee that will be
in Shazier’s spot at inside linebacker when the defending AFC North champions
open the 2018 season in Cleveland.

The front office felt so comfortable with the idea it passed on selecting a
linebacker in last month’s draft, the first time in nearly a decade the Steelers
didn’t use one of their picks on a position coach Mike Tomlin considers among
the most vital on the field.

That’s fine by Bostic. The well-traveled 27-year-old signed a two-year deal
in March following a productive if injury marred season in Indianapolis.
Bostic’s arrival appeared to be for depth purposes but when the draft came and
went, he now finds himself with as good a shot as anyone as lining up next to
veteran Vince Williams. While he kept tabs on the draft, he didn’t exactly
celebrate when Pittsburgh didn’t pick up a linebacker.

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activities this week. ”All I can control is me preparing, when my number is
called upon, make sure that I’m ready.”

Something Bostic was last season for the Colts, finishing with 97 tackles, a
sack and a fumble recovery in 14 games before a knee injury in December sent him
to injured reserve. He’s good to go now and eager to show he’s ready to unpack
his bags and stay awhile.

The Chicago Bears chose Bostic in the second round of the 2013 draft, but he
found himself on the move following a coaching change after the 2014 season. The
Bears sent him to New England in 2015 and the following January the Patriots
flipped him to Detroit for a draft pick. He never played a down for the Lions
after breaking his left foot during a practice against the Steelers.

From there it was on to Indianapolis, where he breathed life into his career
by being one of the most consistent performers on a team that won just four
games. The expectations are considerably higher in Pittsburgh.

”Last year, when I was out there, I proved myself and going forward I plan to
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business.”

So do the Steelers, who were gashed for 164 yards rushing and 45 points in a
stunning playoff loss to Jacksonville. Though Pittsburgh led the league and set
a franchise record with 57 sacks, the defense struggled at times following
Shazier’s injury against Cincinnati on Dec. 4.

Throw out a Christmas Day game against Houston – which played without
quarterback DeShaun Watson – and the Steelers allowed 33.5 points and 381 yards
after Shazier’s exit. They’ll have a full offseason to get ready for life
without him. The plan includes potentially flipping from a 3-4 to a 4-3 look in
certain situations and getting creative with substitutions.

That’s where Edmunds comes into play. Though technically a safety, he served
as a de facto linebacker late in his time at Virginia Tech when the Hokies
played with five or more defensive backs. There’s also Matakevich, a special
teams ace who will finished 2017 on injured reserve due with a shoulder
issue.

General manager Kevin Colbert pointed out after the draft that Matakevich was
injured during the same quarter the Steelers lost Shazier. Who knows what he
could have done if asked to fill in for Shazier? It’s one of the reasons Colbert
said he didn’t feel comfortable ”reaching” for a linebacker in the draft if one
who fit the profile wasn’t available.

”Between Jon and Tyler we don’t know what we have at those two quite honestly
because Jon is new to us and Tyler will be in the rotation and competition as
well,” Colbert said. ”If there are positions that are available to us when we
are picking, and they fit and they are at the right spot, great.”

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