New York Islanders Top Five Players Likely Traded Before Expansion
Outside of Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic might just have the biggest trade value when it comes to the group of Islanders defenders that aren’t immediately protected by no-trade clauses.
Hamonic is deeply involved with the community, is a tough heart and soul player. Seeing him leave isn’t going to be easy. But it might just be necessary in order for the New York Islanders to get the type of player they need upfront.
There are a number of reasons that make Hamonic an attractive asset for teams looking to rebuild their blue line.
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He’s only 26-years-old. He’s just entering his peak performance years as a defenseman. Sure last year was a disappointment production-wise. But he was kept out of the lineup for 33 games due to various injuries he picked up.
He’s got a fantastic $3.875 million cap hit through the next three seasons. Locking up a top four, or top two on a lower tier side for under four million is great business.
Hamonic is also a righty. Teams want that left-right pairing on their blue lines. According to a Daily News piece from last year under 40% of all NHL players shoot right. Hamonic’s handedness is a premium.
If the Islanders are going to move a defenseman, Travis Hamonic is likely the first player teams are calling about.