NY Islanders News

New York Islanders Daily Links: Travis Hamonic

By Matt O'Leary
May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

A look around the web at the most recent New York Islanders news. Make Eyes On Isles your go to website for all things Islanders.

Obviously Travis Hamonic was not traded for Taylor Hall. Many fans jumped down Garth Snow‘s throat for not moving Hamonic. Clearly there is a need for high end forwards so I understand the frustration from the fans.

Arthur Staple played devils advocate and brought up some good points. Staple hit on a lot of topics like free agency, trades and expansion draft. It was his comments on Hamonic that stood out the most.

The Islanders saw three long term and fan favorite Islanders leave in free agency. How bad would it have been if he then traded away another long tenured player. Team chemistry is such an underrated thing in sports and people forget that one often.

I’ve said it a bunch on here but I like the moves so far. Losing Nielsen hurt the most but you could argue that Ladd and Chimera are upgrades. Losing Hamonic would really bring down the Islanders on the defensive side of things.

The team friendly contract is also something overlooked. Staple argues that Hamonic is on one of the 10 best contracts in the league. His cap hit is under $4 million a year through the remainder of his contract.

Have an Islanders link you want to share? Tweet it to @EyesOnIslesFS with #MyIsles to be featured in our daily links.

Matt Carkner has retired. He spent the past two years with the Sound Tigers after spending his first two years here with the big club. Carkner is best known for his scrum with Brian Boyle in the playoffs while he was with Ottawa in 2012. Carkner will remain in Bridgeport as an assistant coach (SNY)

We looked at John Tavares appearing in a Bruins video yesterday. We decided that he wasn’t being recruited but it was a weird look. The Tavares Watch in 2018 is going to be nuts (Eyes On Isles)

Next: Top 5 NHL Ready Islanders Prospects

Kulemin and Grabovski are too big of a cap hit now. Grabovski is too often injured and Kulemin doesn’t have the level of production for what he is being paid (SNY)

facebooktwitterreddit