Travis Hamonic finally got his wish this offseason, as the Islanders traded him to Calgary, where he'll be a bit closer to his family in Winnipeg. (Still pretty far, though -- Canada's huge!) He's coming off a rough 2016-17, having managed a meager 14 points along with a brutal minus-21 rating over 49 games, with knee and thumb injuries costing him significant action. The Flames won't ask him to do much scoring, considering they've got three strong offense-oriented blueliners already, so even if Hamonic manages to stay healthy, it's hard to see him returning much fantasy value in his new home outside of specialty formats that count hits and blocked shots.
Hamonic has been traded to the Flames, reports Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. Hamonic has long wanted to get closer to the West Coast and home, so this trade fulfills that wish. Hamonic will strengthen the Flames' blue line, which already has some big names. The asking price was two first-round picks, but the Flames dealt a first- and second-round pick in 2018, a second in 2019 or 2020, and a fourth-round pick in 2019 or 2020, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Hamonic was named the Foundation Player Award winner Tuesday in Las Vegas as part of his work through the D-Partner Program. Awarded to an NHL player who honors and applies the values of commitment, perseverance and teamwork to people in the community, Hamonic's D-Partner Program is an outreach program that helps support children who have lost one or both parents. Hamonic's father died when he was 10 years old, and the player has spoken publicly in the past about struggling with his emotions. His program has helped him bond with over 200 children, and he's spent over $500,000 hosting kids at home games. The winner of the NHL Foundation Award is given $25,000 to be donated to a charitable organization. Hamonic will be officially honored with the award Wednesday.
Hamonic could be traded before the expansion draft, Brian Erni of SNY.TV reports. In a perfect world, the Islanders would prefer to hold onto both Hamonic and Calvin de Haan, but one is likely to be selected by Las Vegas if no trade takes place. With a team-friendly contract that runs through the 2019-20 season, it seems likely that Hamonic would bring back more in a trade than de Haan would. Hamonic has also let it be known in the past that he'd prefer to play closer to his family in western Canada. He could return the Islanders the top-six forward they need to play alongside John Tavares.
Hamonic (thumb) suffered torn ligaments in his thumb during his scrap with Flyers' Dale Weise in late March, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. No doubt the contingent of players, team execs, and fans looking to eliminate fighting in hockey will point to this incident, among others, as another reason to ban players from dropping the gloves. Hamonic was sidelined for the final six games of the season, although the Isles went undefeated without him. The blueliner can now shift his focus to getting healthy for next year.
Hamonic (wrist) is out for the season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Hamonic injured the wrist during a fight Thursday night versus the Flyers. He is currently in a soft cast and is only expected to play again this season should the Islanders make a long playoff run, something that seems highly unlikely at this point in time. This has been a disappointing season for Hamonic who missed 24 games earlier with a knee injury and will finish this campaign with a minus 21.
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