"He's got some great traits, we think he has a high ceiling, and we're excited to have him". "It's going to give some of our younger D an opportunity to get some playing time (and) we're really confident in that position moving forward". "The Islanders" fourth-round choice in 2019 or '20 will transfer to Calgary as part of this transaction. In return, NY receives a 2018 first round pick, a 2018 2nd round pick and a second round pick in either 2018 or 2019. 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 - Calvin de Haan is a restricted free agent - plus prospect Ryan Pulock at AHL Bridgeport, Hamonic was deemed expendable. We've got to be able to match up (against) Edmonton, they've got a heck of a team.
"You can never have enough top defencemen", he said.
"He checks a lot of boxes for us", he said.
Saturday's trade caps a busy week for both the Flames and the Islanders. A young core focused around forwards Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau makes the Flames a risky team moving forward. "There's depth there and we'll keep tweaking at it, but I like the looks of that defense". Lower and upper body injuries derailed Hamonic's 2016-17 campaign.
The result was only 49 games played, a four-year low for the right-shooting defenceman, just 14 points and a woeful minus-21 defensive rating.
A warning light goes on when you consider that Hamonic has had knee ligament problems in each of the last three seasons. We have a 26, soon to be 27, year old defenseman with term on his contract that we think fits at a real good number. He also won the NHL Foundation Award this year, presented to the player "who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of the people in the community".