His last season in Brooklyn with the Islanders was a difficult one, though, for Hamonic. Injuries limited him to only 49 games played, and he struggled with his on-ice play even when healthy. However, he has been a respected, solid player, and a strong locker room presence, the past seven seasons for the Islanders.
I couldn’t be more excited, it’s a young team, but a good team said Hamonic, who earlier this week was recognized for his extensive charitable work off the ice, being named the NHL Foundation Award recipient. You want to surround yourself with great players. That’s a huge part of the excitement.
Newsday reported that the Islanders turned down a previous offer by Toronto this weekend that would have seen winger James van Riemsdyk traded to New York as part of a deal for Hamonic.
Saturday’s trade gives the Islanders roughly $9 million in cap space, as well as draft pick assets to possibly trade to bolster the current roster.
Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall, NYR): His father, Niklas, was selected 68th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Draft and skated in 164 career NHL games across five seasons with the Nordiques, New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames.
Owen Tippett (No. 10 overall, FLA): His cousin, Mitchell Stephens, was selected 33rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Callan Foote (No. 14 overall, TBL): His father, Adam, is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (1996 and 2001 w/ COL) who patrolled the blueline for 1,154 career games with the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets.