The juiciest stuff probably comes from Darren Dreger, who lists these five teams as the biggest bidders so well:
Winnipeg Jets: Mentioned first because, as Hamonic’s most immediate NHL market, it’s believed to be his preference.
Dreger does note that it’s “relatively early” in the process and mentions that Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers may be the sort of guys the Islanders are asking for in a trade with Winnipeg (which may be too expensive for the Jets’ liking).
Pierre LeBrun points out that Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has “coveted” Hamonic even before the affordable defenseman was on the market.
That said, if a move would require Darnell Nurse being part of the package, it probably wouldn’t work out.
Dreger notes that Hamonic’s agent has been given permission to speak with interested general managers, so perhaps that group of five top suitors may swell.
There’s clearly plenty of interest in the blueliner, at least off the record.
Good Insider Trading segment tonight on TSN. Hamonic's agent (Epp) permitted to speak with GM's about potential trade among topics.
The New York Rangers won’t face off against former captain Ryan Callahan tonight.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in this one, as Callahan appears to be a scratch. Nickname-friendly Joel Vermin will be in Callahan’s place, according to Bryan Burns of the Bolts’ web site.
Joel Vermin is in the lineup, will make his NHL debut tonight. #TBLightning