• Isles' Hamonic Feeling Healthy

    News: Travis Hamonic (knee) said the Grade 3 MCL tear that prevented him from playing in the postseason presented no problems during his offseason workouts, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
    Analysis: The injury was an unfortunate end to a banner season for Travis Hamonic, who established career marks with 33 points, a plus-15 rating, and 213 hits. He's positioned to fill a top-four role on defense for the Islanders during the coming season.
  • Isles' Hamonic Recovering From MCL Injury

    News: Travis Hamonic relayed Tuesday that the injury that sidelined him of late was a Grade 3 left MCL tear, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
    Analysis: Travis Hamonic, who last suited up on April 10, noted Tuesday that if the Isles had advanced past the Caps on Monday, that he hoped to play by the end of the second round of the NHL playoffs. With the Islanders having been eliminated, however, Hamonic now has the offseason to recover and should be back at full strength well before the team reassembles in advance of the 2015-16 season.
  • Isles' Hamonic Still Not Practicing

    News: Travis Hamonic (knee) didn't participate in Monday's optional practice, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: Although the practice was highly optional, it would also seem highly unlikely that Travis Hamonic would play without participating in at least one practice. Hamonic may be more week to week than day to day at this point.
  • Isles' Hamonic Likely Out For Game 3

    News: Travis Hamonic (knee) is unlikely to play Game 3 Sunday versus the Capitals, according to Newsday.
    Analysis: Travis Hamonic still hasn't practiced since suffering the injury during the last week of the regular season. Like every team in the playoffs the Islanders are playing it very close to the vest as to the exact nature of his injury and when he might return but the fact that he isn't skating more or less practicing pretty much tells you all you need to know about his chances of playing Sunday.
  • Hamonic Unlikely To Play Game 2 For Isles

    News: Travis Hamonic (undisclosed) is likely out for Game 2 versus the Capitals on Friday, according to the Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: The bottom line is Travis Hamonic hasn't skated all week and though the Islanders keep calling him day-to-day, that seems to be a generous description. If Hamonic is able to play in this series, it will likely be in the late rather than the early games.
  • Isles' Hamonic Out Wednesday

    News: Travis Hamonic (undisclosed) did not take warm-ups prior to Wednesday's playoff opener against the Caps.
    Analysis: With Travis Hamonic out of the Isles' lineup for the time being, Calvin de Haan is in line to make his NHL postseason debut on Wednesday.
  • Isles' Hamonic Likely Out

    News: Travis Hamonic (undisclosed) is likely to miss Wednesday's playoff opener against the Caps, according to Newsday. NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: With regard to Travis Hamonic's injury and a potential timetable for the blueliner's return, coach Jack Capuano noted Tuesday, "it's undisclosed and there's no timetable...When there is I'll let you know." Hamonic, who last suited up on April 10, finished the regular season with 33 points and 85 PIM in 71 games.
  • Hamonic Doesn't Practice For Islanders

    News: Travis Hamonic (knee) missed practice Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: This is not a surprise as it would be an upset if Travis Hamonic suits up for Wednesday's playoff opener versus the Capitals. His loss would be a big one as Hamonic is the Islanders top defender and would be the one expected to keep Alexander Ovechkin in check, a job that will now fall to Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy.
  • Isles' Hamonic Questionable For Opener

    News: Travis Hamonic (knee) is questionable at best to play in Wednesday's postseason opener against the Capitals, according to Newsday.
    Analysis: Travis Hamonic suffered the injury during Friday's win over the Penguins and sat out Saturday's season finale against the Blue Jackets. If Hamonic were to miss time in the playoffs, it would be a big blow to the Islanders. The team is already short on quality blueliners, and Hamonic's absence would be especially missed with Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin waiting to announce his presence during the playoffs.
  • Isles' Hamonic Under Evaluation

    News: Coach Jack Capuano said Travis Hamonic (undisclosed) will be evaluated Saturday, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
    Analysis: With Travis Hamonic scheduled to undergo testing after leaving Friday's win over the Penguins with the injury, it appears safe to rule him out for Saturday's season finale against the Blue Jackets. The Islanders are likely more concerned about having Hamonic available for the postseason, as his improvement this season has certainly been a key reason why the team has been able to make a sizable jump in the standings. Over 71 games, Hamonic has contributed five goals, 33 points, and a plus-15 rating to go along with huge hit (213) and block (131) totals.