Has anyone heard where he will end up? I think his 3 Yr contract with Binghamton ended after 09-10 and I seem to recall hearing he was going to move elsewhere, possibly even Europe but I haven't seen his name on any transaction pages this summer. Maybe he'll turn up in an NHL camp as an invite?
Hamel told me on Monday that he has sent a fax to every AHL team asking for a tryout this preseason. Not a contract, mind you. Just a little look-see.
Hamel, 33, told me that if he doesn't get any interest he's going to retire and play semi-pro hockey. Hamel went 22-29 with the Sens last season.
"It's really hard. I thought I wasn't playing too bad the last couple of years,'' he said. "I didn't expect to get nothing, not even a phone call.''
Thanks for the info. I can't believe there's so little interest. His numbers have dropped some recently but still he's been a solid point producer at the AHL level for years, plus a captain and community role model as well. He's still pretty young too. I would have figured at least 5 teams would be lining up to sign him.
Sounds like Hamel has signed with Saguenay Marquis of the LNAH. I saw it on eliteprospects. The Saguenay site is in French so I'm not sure the details, like whether it's contingent on him not catching on in the AHL or not.
He is there for the season, committed to them. Donald Brashear is also in that league with Sorel-Tracy......seems like the French born players who still want to play end up in that league......the fighting is off the hook league wide........