Hamonic has reversed course and is no longer looking to be traded away by the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Hamonic originally put his request in at the start of the season, citing family reasons for moving closer to western Canada. The news likely comes as a huge relief for general manager Garth Snow who is no longer in the market for a top-end blueliner and can continue building on the success of the 2015-16 season. While Hamonic is not going to put up huge offensive numbers, he logs a ton of minutes, 23:49 per game this year, including helping out shorthanded.
Hamonic (knee) will play Thursday night against the PanthersBrian Compton of NHL.com reports. Hamonic's return is great news for the Isles as he has been out since March 31 after sustaining a knee injury. The 25-year-old defenseman typically averaged 23:49 of ice time and held a consistent spot on the top lines throughout the regular season. His physical, defensive style of play may be a useful asset to the Islanders' success in combating the top line of the opposing team this postseason.
Hamonic (knee) seems likely to play Thursday as the Islanders open up the playoffs in Florida, Laura Albanese of Newsday reports. This is nothing short of great news for the Islanders who didn't have Hamonic in their opening round loss to the Capitals last season. He is arguably their best defender. Hamonic has skated with the team all week and unless he were to wake up Wednesday with unusual soreness or swelling in that knee, he should be good to go Game 1 on Thursday.
Hamonic (knee) participated in a full practice Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. While this is a great sign for the Islanders and Hamonic about his availability for the playoffs, he still won't play Saturday or Sunday. Hamonic may be the key to the Islanders success this postseason as they will need him to combat the top line of the opposing team.
Hamonic (knee) had a light workout on the ice Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. One could look at this as a good sign but Hamonic was skating very gingerly and without pads, a sign that he isn't all that close to returning to the lineup. The Islanders have at least six days until the playoffs start and it may take every hour in those days for Hamonic to feel healthy enough to play. He is arguable the Islanders best defensive defenseman and his loss may prove to much for the Islanders to overcome in the playoffs should he not be able to suit up.
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