Trade Review: Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames
The Islanders played their cards almost perfectly here.
To the Flames:
Travis Hamonic D* and a 4th Round Pick (2019 or 2020)
*Travis Hamonic signed through 2019-2020 at $3,855,000 per year.
To the Islanders:
1st Round Pick (2018), 2nd Round Pick (2018), and a 2nd Round Pick (2019 or 2020)
The emerging trend in the NHL is to have a solid top 4 (2 left and 2 right handed) defensemen. "Let’s take a page from the Predators book" every team is saying. Look how well they did with an above average forward core, but outstanding defence and goalie – namely their top 4. They rode these top 4 D all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
Cue the off season, where every team is looking to improve for the upcoming season. The biggest talk in the league right now is big solid defencemen. Coming off a struggling season on Long Island – the squad was looking to shake up their roster. Overall, it was a fair deal for both ends, but Calgary had to pay a steep price for their future to fulfil their “win-now” mindset.
Calgary already boasts a top defensive core with the likes of Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, and TJ Brodie – all coming off stellar seasons. Hmm there seems to be just one thing missing – that second top 4 right handed defensemen. On the other hand, the Islanders were looking to refill their prospect pool after having one of their weakest drafts due to their previous shopping around of high draft picks.
The price seemed right for both teams – New York getting back lots of draft value for their star defencemen and Calgary filling their top blue line pairings. It is too early to have a clear winner in this transaction, but the Islanders definitely got their value back and may come out on top depending how the upcoming drafts play out.