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Toucher & Rich: Talking Dougie With Haggs

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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Bruins kickoff the month of January with a trip to New Jersey to take on the Devils before they come back to Boston to battle the Calgary Flames on Thursday and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Joe Haggerty spoke with Toucher & Rich about Dougie Hamilton playing for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship and how Bruins players feel about HBO’s 24/7.

The Bruins drafted defensman Dougie Hamilton in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June and signed him to an entry-level contract in early December. Hamilton is part of Team Canada in the World Junior tournament taking place from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton. What does Haggerty think of  the B’s young defenseman’s game?

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“Among his peers offensively he’s been really good both at the junior level and the way he’s playing right now in World Juniors,” said Haggerty. “I think he’s going to be probably like a Chara-level offensive defenseman, maybe slightly less than that. I don’t think his shot is as deadly as Chara’s is, but I think he could put up 40 or 50 points a season as a defenseman ultimately when he’s as good as he can possibly get.”

Now that this year’s Winter Classic is over, everyone is waiting to see what next year will bring. Many would love to see the Bruins involved in the 2013 Winter Classic and rumors are that the Detroit Red Wings will be the host team in 2013.

HBO’s 24/7 is now a part of the deal of being involved in the Winter Classic and Haggerty has talked to players about their feelings on having the cameras following them around. What does Haggerty think about next year’s Winter Classic?

“I just think it makes sense on a lot of levels whether the rumors are there or not about the Bruins for them to be involved because they are a ratings bonanza, they have the cache of being a Stanley Cup champ and above and beyond that the Red Wings are kind of a boring team personality wise.”

Listen as they discuss who from the Bruins they think would make the show interesting.

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