The New York Islanders have traded defenseman Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames for some draft picks. Let’s see what Garth Snow does now.
When Travis Hamonic’s name was originally brought up in trade talks it was assumed that it would be for a top-six forward. Instead, it was a trade for draft picks. Here are the details of what Calgary is sending back:
So the Isles give up Hamonic and a fourth-round pick in either 2019 or 2020 and then in return the Isles get a 2018 first-round selection and two second-round picks.
Hamonic was a great Islander, a very solid defender for them since he entered the league. It helped that he was all class as well, he recently took home the NHL Foundation Award for his charity work that we talked about on this website a few times.
Here’s what the Islanders will be missing:
So Garth Snow certainly got some good assets back. Garth feels he has depth with Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews so maybe he takes those picks and flips them for another forward? I really, don’t think the Islanders are done making moves yet.
They just cleared an additional $4 million off the board with the Hamonic move. Yes, some of that will be going to Calvin de Haan but could Garth now get Joe Sakic back on the phone?
It’s been said that Joe Sakic didn’t like any of the offers on the table for Matt Duchene. Could he have been looking for some more draft picks and the Isles needed some extra picks in the deal? I’m only spitballing here, but again the Isles have some more cap space to work with I don’t think they’re done exploring trades.