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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Travis Hamonic will remain an Islander.
The 25-year-old defenseman informed general manager Garth Snow today that Hamonic no longer wishes to be traded closer to his Winnipeg home, a request he made before the start of training camp after getting some dire news on the health of a family member.
“When Garth and I spoke last summer, the whole reason why this came about was some serious health concerns for a member of my family back home,” Hamonic said. “It was a tough, trying year but I had the support of the whole organization and my teammates the whole year and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
“In the last little while, we’ve learned the situation has stabilized itself. Just relieved for that, thankful for that, pretty grateful. I love being an Islander, it’s my home here, my family loves it, I love my teammates, this organization. Being an Islander is one of the best things I do with my life.”
Knee to knee hit , watch it below...
Islanders announce he is out with a lower-body injury.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Travis Hamonic remains a longshot to be moved prior to Monday’s deadline.
Kevin Epp, the agent for the New York Islanders’ defenceman, said Wednesday night a trade for his client is unlikely until the offseason.
That isn’t exactly a surprise. Hamonic, 25, has been on the market since before mid-November - when his trade request leaked out - but there has been nary a sniff or hint that a deal is close.
“I think it’s more of a trade that happens draft time, the offseason,” Epp told TSN 1040 Radio in Vancouver. “He’s playing such good hockey and the Islanders are in a playoff position. I’m not sure he’ll get moved unless there’s a deal that makes sense for both sides, which hasn’t happened so far. So nothing leads me to believe he’ll be moved.”
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman talking to Oilers uber-insider Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and dropping a new trade rumour bombshells.
Stauffer mentioned the Oilers trying to upgrade at right defence from Justin Schultz by moving for either Sami Vatanen of Anaheim or Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, as both teams can use a scoring winger. ...
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re getting near to the end of his time with the Edmonton Oilers,” Friedman said. “I mean the writing is very much on the wall. I think it is time. I think both the organization and the player need a fresh start. It’s just not really changing there at all. I could see the Oilers not wanting to commit for whatever the salary is going to be for this year. I think there is a decent chance that a trade with him could happen.”
Friedman said he wasn’t optimistic about the New York Islanders signing winger Kyle Okposo, and Stauffer interjected that at the World Jr. tournament Islanders ace John Tavares had had success with Oilers winger Jordan Eberle.
Said Friedman: “I do believe we are getting closer to the day that Edmonton makes a move with one of its young forwards. I would say on the ranking of it probably (Jordan) Eberle one, (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins two for a young player, for a defenceman. I think that everybody is looking at Hamonic and saying, ‘Is there going to be a match there?’ I have no doubt that that is what the Oilers are considering. I have no doubt they’re going to try to get it done.”
According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, NHL GM's are entering the period in which they must decide whether they're going to buy to "contend" or sell at the trade deadline, which hits on February 29th this year. That's not an easy decision to make given how tight the standings have been and will continue to remain going forward.
The focal points of trade deadline interest remain the following non-Steven Stamkos players:
Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.
Nobody is quite as optimistic about Byfuglien. He has emerged as one of the best players in the league, is a difference maker, and will cash in on the UFA market in the summer. “He’s just a hell of player,” said the executive.
St. Louis Blues: We’re not talking about a franchise with an ownership group that has deep pockets. GM Doug Armstrong has apparently put talks with centre David Backes on hold and with a $4.5 million cap hit he’s going to want a big raise if he’s going to stay with the Blues.
He could fetch a lot in return but the Blues are a contender in the West and they should be looking to add, not subtract. Teams will call but Armstrong has to tread carefully here.
New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”
Teams have been calling the Isles about UFA winger Kyle Okposo, and why not? You never know where Snow is concerned, but the 27-year-old has a $2.7 million cap hit. The thinking amongst teams is he won’t be going anywhere because the Islanders are in the race and want to stay there.
Garrioch continues, addressing the Canucks, Lightning and Canadiens' situations.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Travis Hamonic will miss the next two to three weeks with a lower-body injury, two sources informed Newsday on Monday night. Hamonic already has missed one game with the injury, suffered in Thursday night’s loss to the Capitals when he blocked a shot late in the second period.
Further injury information was not disclosed, but Hamonic will not need surgery to repair the injury. The Islanders already were growing thin on defense with Johnny Boychuk out until at least the beginning of February with a shoulder injury suffered against the Sabres on Dec. 31.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
So the Oilers, who are rolling in skilled forwards but, in their heart of hearts, know they need not one but two additional defencemen, won’t be getting the 21-year-old Jones. Admittedly, Jones, the fourth overall pick in 2013, has been frustrated offensively this year in Nashville with just one goal in 40 games, but he is still a top four NHL defenceman today with an upside to be a No. 2, at worst.
Now what? Well, they have to make a full-court press to get Islanders’ Travis Hamonic, who as we all know has asked for a trade because he wants to play closer to his Manitoba roots. If they’re not working on a deal now for the defender who is a No. 2 or at worst No. 3 on every pro scout’s grading system, then they certainly have to be closer to the June draft. If the Isles can’t resign winger Kyle Okposo, then the Islanders will need another high-end winger to replace him, for Hamonic. You’re free to speculate on Jordan Eberle.
If the Preds were looking at Nugent-Hopkins, who may find himself on the wing with Draisaitl when McDavid returns sometime this month to centre another line, the Oilers had the depth at centre to go for Jones. Columbus now has a crater in the middle with Brandon Dubinsky now the No. 1 when he’s never had more than 54 points in an NHL season. But, they’ve been looking for a defenceman for the last few years, and Jones, who played a subordinate role to all-stars Shea Weber and Roman Josi in Nashville, will not do so in Columbus. He wouldn’t have done so here, either.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans...
Do the New York Islanders trade Travis Hamonic this season or in the offseason?
Offseason. Hamonic himself, at least in front of us in the media, has stated that he doesn't want to hamstring GM Garth Snow or the organization, and that he understands if he has to wait until the offseason to get his wish. If that's the case, unless Snow can get equal return for a top-two defenseman with an extraordinarily good contract, there's no reason to rush a trade that could potentially disrupt the chemistry the Islanders are building.
There's no doubt in my mind that Hamonic's trade request became public recently in order to put the squeeze on Snow. That's business. The media gets used in that regard quite often. But I can't imagine Snow feels too squeezed in this case because he knows he has to do what's right for his team even if he wants to do right by Hamonic.
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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The Islanders host the Flyers on Wednesday, and you sure have to wonder if steady Travis Hamonic will be on the Long Island/Brooklyn blue-line for that one.
Two losses in two games since Hamonic’s request to be moved to the Western Conference became public won’t exactly force GM Garth Snow’s hand on their own. But keeping the unhappy Hamonic around for much longer seems awkward for one and all, even if it seems somewhat unclear where he wants to go, and for what reason.
Originally, it seemed that Hamonic preferred Winnipeg if at all possible, and if not, Edmonton or Calgary. Perhaps Minnesota. A few teams — Detroit, L.A. — called to investigate and were told flatly there was "no fit."
But then there’s Anaheim. GM Bob Murray has been poking around the Hamonic situation for months — some GMs seemed to know more of his impending availability than others — and there are those who believe Hamonic would accept a move to the Ducks. With young defencemen like Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler on the roster, plus Shea Theodore in the organization, the Ducks would definitely seem to have the necessary pieces, with Snow looking for a young rearguard he can use now in exchange for the 25-year-old Hamonic.
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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
If there were a simple move to be made, it would have been made by now. But we're talking about the Islanders' best defenseman on arguably the most cap-friendly contract (four years remaining after this one at an average salary of $3.875 million) for a top-pair, righthanded defenseman in the NHL. That's rainbow unicorn territory in its uniqueness.
So now that the request to be moved to, or closer to Hamonic's Winnipeg home for family reasons is public, what are Snow's options? Here's a primer on which defensemen the Isles may want, given that TSN reported earlier this week that the most interested list comprises these five teams:
JACOB TROUBA, JETS
He's righthanded, he's got a physical side and he could easily be a future star. Still only 21, the question for the Islanders is can Trouba jump in and play 23 minutes a night the way Hamonic does? The question for the Jets, the same one for all the other teams on this list, is would you give up one of your top young defensemen for Hamonic?
T.J. BRODIE, FLAMES
The closest match to Hamonic in age (25, same as Hamonic), contract (five years, $4.6 million per year) and usage (plays 25:19 a game). The Flames have allowed a league-high 75 goals this season, but Brodie is still likely the most attractive defenseman on this list despite being a lefty who could play his off side.
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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox issued the usual cornucopia of scoops during their Saturday Headlines segment, and this note about Travis Hamonic's trade status, from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons, is intriguing:
Hamonic’s preference is to play for one of the teams in Western Canada, so the Islanders have a limited market to work with. According to Friedman, teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks contacted the Islanders but were told they were not a “fit.”
"A lot of people would not be surprised if this turned into a three-way trade," Friedman said Saturday.
Here's the segment:
Hamonic wants to go to Western Canada, of course.
Also: Damien Cox discussed Eric Staal's and Cam Ward's contract negotiations, he stated that Dainus Zubrus will sign with San Jose, and Friedman says that the Montreal Canadiens are "trying to do some things to improve their team."
Friedman also states that Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto are trying to get a trio of outdoor games to be held during the NHL's 2016-17 (centennial) season, in November, December and January, respectively.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So forget about all those in-your-dreams scenarios that made quickly made the rounds, in which potential unrestricted defencemen on the Winnipeg Jets, the Edmonton Oilers or the Calgary Flames were eagerly linked to the Islanders in a possible deal for Hamonic.
The NHL trading game doesn’t work that way. No one gives up a good player on an attractive contract (seven years, $27-million) for an unsigned player that will strike it rich in free agency, either with his current club or on the open market next July.
Moreover, if, in three months of talking back and forth with potential trading partners, the Islanders were unable to find a suitable deal, how does it get any easier, now that Hamonic’s wishes spilled into the public domain?
The answer is: It doesn’t. It gets more challenging.
Hamonic, for those who don’t know much about him, is one of those quietly coveted NHL players that teams believe can help them win championships. He leads the Islanders in minutes played, which is a sure sign of how much trust coach Jack Capuano puts in him.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
It seemed like a routine practice day for New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic on Thursday. He was smiling and joking with his teammates, the same way he always does.
The difference, though, was this was about an hour after he addressed the news with them reported Wednesday by Sportsnet that he requested a trade to Islanders general manager Garth Snow prior to the start of the season. Hamonic wants to be traded somewhere closer to his Winnipeg home for personal reasons.
"I would have liked to have the chance to talk to them and not have them seen it online first, but it is what it is and those things can't be changed, unfortunately," Hamonic said Thursday. "It was difficult. I guess you can ask them, but they were certainly very understanding of a personal situation, as I hope anyone would be in this situation.
"Those are guys you go to war with. Some of those guys I've been playing with for six years and really know really well. [Capuano] always talks about a brotherhood in there and everything else, but it certainly is. (I was) just explaining what was going on. It was probably one of the more difficult conversations I think I've had in life. It certainly wasn't easy, but they've been there for me for many years now in different situations in my life and my career and they've certainly been there this morning."
added 2:11pm, from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Very quietly, the New York Islanders are trying a manoeuvre a difficult situation — the possibility of trading Travis Hamonic.
Hamonic, a talented 25-year-old defender who does tremendous things off the ice, is in play, although the exact reasons are private.
One rumour indicated it was because he was unhappy with the unusual Long Island–Brooklyn setup for the team’s players, but a few sources blew that rationale out of the water.
“Nothing to do with it,” one said.
“This was a possibility before games began this season,” said another.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow and Hamonic’s agent, Kevin Epp, declined comment. Hamonic himself could not be reached.
There’s a ton to like about this player. He’s a right-hand shot, top-pairing defenceman with four years remaining on a good-value contract.
As the New York Post's Larry Brooks notes, the New York Islanders are starting to resemble a functional, decently-run hockey team just as they're nearing their exit from the Nassau Coliseum:
A redwood might be on the verge of taking root in Brooklyn, but a hockey team is growing on Long Island, and right before the same very eyes that once gloried in visions of the Dynasty that ruled the sports world three decades ago.
All across sports, you hear about franchises building toward the opening of new arenas or stadia. The baseball Braves are directing their energy toward rebuilding their organizational talent level to coincide with the team’s move to the suburbs in 2017. It sounds like a marketing roll-out plan every bit as much as it does a plan to contend.
Here on the Island, perhaps through a matter of serendipitous timing, the Islanders are holding their coming-out party on their way out of the Coliseum — where John Tavares, Jaro Halak, Travis Hamonic and friends have embraced this final opportunity to skate in the footprints of Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith and Denis Potvin.
NEW YORK (March 1, 2014) -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.
Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.
Watch the incident below...
Some talk late last night and this morning about this scrum at the end of the game. It's playoff hockey, nothing out of the ordinary about this.
Evgeni Malkin and Travis Hamonic did receive 5 for fighting, but I don't see anything that would deserve further discipline, but that is just my opinion.
The animated .gif below tells it all.
Now Orpik was hurt, came back with stiches above the nose area, but I don’t think the damage was done by Hamonic.
The gif was posted at HFBoards by a user named HookeyPookey.
As most of you know, some fans from some city in Pennsylvania haven’t taken very well to the fact of an organized fan gathering on Friday night, August 19th at Champions on Long Island.
First off, let me discuss what this gathering is for. The official invite page with a summary of the event can be found here. The aim and purpose of this party is to gather Islanders fans who are craving for hockey and can’t wait the 55 more days until the season starts.