Dougie Hamilton said he's hoping to get a new contract to remain with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The defenseman can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. He said the Hurricanes have yet to resume discussions with agent J.P. Barry about keeping him long term after the final season of a six-year contract he signed with the Calgary Flames on June 30, 2015. He was traded to Carolina on June 23, 2018.

"I let my agent talk, but they kind of tabled conversations until after the season and I'm sure they'll start talking again soon," Hamilton said Wednesday. "I really enjoy it here. I've got some really good friends, met really, really good people in the room and away from the room off the ice too. I have nothing bad to say about my experience here and being a Carolina Hurricane and I've really enjoyed it. Hopefully we can keep going."

The Hurricanes (36-12-8) lost in the Stanley Cup Second Round in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning after they were the No. 1 seed in the Discover Central Division. Hamilton led Carolina defensemen with 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists) in 55 games.

"He's been a huge part of this team, a huge part of our success," Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin said Thursday. "I want him back. I enjoyed playing with him and I think we work well together. This is the tough part about hockey and just the business side of things. You get guys in the locker room you like and that you like playing with. Sometimes it works for them to come back and sometimes it doesn't. Hopefully it can be worked out because he makes our team better. So, yeah, I want him back."

Hamilton averaged 22:43 of ice time per game, third on the Hurricanes behind Slavin (22:59) and Brett Pesce (22:48).