Isles ship out Travis Hamonic with another big move on tap

Ruben Hill
June 27, 2017

"He checks a lot of boxes for us", Flames general manager Brad Treliving said after sending multiple draft picks, including a 2018 first-rounder and a pair of future second-round selections, to NY for the 26-year-old Hamonic. Hamonic recorded 26 goals, 120 assists, 146 points and 452 penalty minutes in 444 regular season National Hockey League games with the Islanders.

Hamonic, who won the NHL Foundation Player Award on Tuesday, was an emotional leader for the Islanders during his seven-year tenure.

Klim Kostin, another Russian who topped the NHL's European rankings heading into the draft, slid to the Blues at 31st overall - the pick coming by way of a trade with Pittsburgh. It is now one of the better Top Fours in the Western Conference, though likely still a notch below the foursome in Nashville, consisting of Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, P.K. Subban and Ryan Ellis. Hamonic broke a thumb early in the season, sprained a knee later on, and then tore some ligaments in a thumb when he came to the defence of captain John Tavares in a scrap late in the year.

NY has eight picks in the 2018 draft and another seven in the 2019 draft.

Garth Snow may not be done dealing.

"Young team but a good team". Some teams value having a one and done player. The Canadiens, however, have their eyes on Wild defenceman Marco Scandella.

The Oilers, Flames and Canadiens were among the more active teams in recent weeks. Of the four Flames defensemen, all but the 33-year-old Giordano are 27 or younger, and each is signed at least through the 2019-20 season. But for a team that left the draft with $9.397 million in salary cap space, according to industry site capfriendly.com, and has five defencemen under National Hockey League contract plus prospect Ryan Pulock at AHL Bridgeport, Hamonic was deemed expendable.

The Canadiens traded defenceman Nathan Beaulieu before the trade freeze and lost Alexei Emelin in the expansion draft.

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the team's website on Thursday that he will look to move up in tonight's draft. If they don't make the playoffs that year, it would be reversed.

"We are considering moving up", Armstrong toldstlouisblues.com. But we looked at a lot of things: We looked at the makeup of our team, where he fits. "We see a guy that has a chance to eventually play in a top-nine and help the Montreal Canadiens".

"He's a first-class player and first-class person", Snow said of Hamonic. I like the looks of our top four. But, he said, the move to acquire Hamonic brings added toughness and versatility into the group.

"I think he's got more skill than people would give him credit for with his stats previous year in the NCAA", Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens vice president of player personnel, said of Poehling, who had 13 points in 35 games.

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