Dougie Hamilton was speaking to a small gathering of media types in front of his stall yesterday at the Garden, his demeanor unchanged from his first day of training camp.

He was calm, measured, polite, his tone so hushed that not every word made it into people’s tape recorders and notebooks.

And anyway, it’s not like he was tossing out one-liners or pulling a John Tortorella and telling us someone stinks on the power play.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

But then Hamilton said something that, if you didn’t hear him correctly or were walking by and picked up only bits and pieces of the conversation, had the potential to be some kind of real, live playoff controversy.

He was being asked about the stellar performances we’ve seen by the Bruins’ trio of young, inexperienced defensemen — Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and himself — in this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers. Specifically, he was asked how he’ll feel if he winds up not dressing when any of the team’s injured veterans (Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden) returns.

Hamilton’s response: “It depends on why I’m not dressing.”

Whoa. Stop the presses.