Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is “in play,” according to a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Well, that’s not quite clear. But Friedman cited two sources that insisted it’s not because Hamonic was unhappy with the team’s move to Brooklyn. Apparently, that had been rumored.
Hamonic signed a seven-year deal with the Isles in the summer of 2013. He’s under contract through 2019-20 for a cap hit just below $4 million.
This season, Hamonic has three assists in 19 games, while logging an average ice time of 23:20. His possession stats are good. A right shot, he’s been paired most often with Calvin De Haan, though he’s also skated with Nick Leddy.
Hamonic had a career-high 33 points (5G, 28A) in 2014-15.
Hamonic is from Manitoba. According to this 2014 article, he owns a condo in Winnipeg.
Carey Price is healthy enough to practice — which he did today with his Canadiens teammates — but he’s not going to rush to get back into game action.
“At this point I’m just trying to take it day by day,” Price told NHL.com. “I don’t want to step in when I’m not ready and put yourself in a bad position.”
Price has been recovering from a lower-body injury. The reigning NHL MVP hasn’t played since Oct. 29.
Not that the Canadiens have missed him too badly. Backup Mike Condon is 5-1-2 in Price’s absence.
Still, Condon has shown signs of wearing down. The 25-year-old rookie has allowed 10 goals in his last three games. He got the hook Saturday against Colorado, replaced by Dustin Tokarski.
There’s no exact timeline for Price’s return. Habs coach Michel Therrien said it’s “a bit too early to say” when his star netminder could play again.
Montreal hosts Arizona tomorrow. Condon is expected to start.
The last time Petr Mrazek got the call versus Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, he stopped 38 shots in a 1-0 Detroit win.
Ovechkin had 15 — fifteen! — of those 38 shots, not one of them good enough to beat the 23-year-old Red Wings goalie.
Tonight on NBCSN, just eight days after the last time, Mrazek will face the Caps again at Joe Louis Arena.
“He was good,” Ovechkin told NHL.com. “Sometimes you have those kind of nights when you don’t score goals.”
In fact, Mrazek has been good all season. His 5-4-0 record doesn’t do him justice. Four times he’s made at least 30 saves in a Detroit win. Once it was 44 saves. In nine starts, he’s yet to allow more than three goals. He has a .935 save percentage.
Jimmy Howard has been pretty good as well. He’s 4-4-1 with a .918 save rate.
But Mrazek has been the star. And on that note, as a pending restricted free agent, it’ll be interesting to see if the Red Wings try to lock him up long term. They’re already committed to Howard through 2018-19, for a cap hit just north of $5 million.
Braden Holtby will start for the Caps.
— Ryan Miller for the Canucks. Ondrej Pavelec expected for the Jets.
— Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks. Anders Nilsson for the Oilers.
The New Jersey Devils have invited forward Tyler Kennedy to join them on a professional tryout.
From The Record:
Kennedy, 29, attended training camp with the Devils on a tryout before having to leave the team to deal with a personal family matter. The Devils were leaning toward signing him before that, but, with him unavailable to start the season, eventually released him from his tryout agreement.
Kennedy had a history with Devils general manager Ray Shero, having played for him in Pittsburgh. He last played in the NHL last season with the Islanders.
Meanwhile, in Carolina, defenseman Tim Gleason has joined the Hurricanes on a tryout basis.
According to the News & Observer, Gleason will practice with the team this week. Carolina’s next game is Friday at home against Toronto. The Hurricanes have lost a couple of d-men to injury: James Wisniewski (torn MCL) and Ryan Murphy (concussion).
Gleason, 32, started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.
The Los Angeles Kings have suspended the contract of goalie Patrik Bartosak, the club announced today.
The move comes a day after it was reported that Bartosak was facing 12 charges related to domestic violence.
The Kings released the following statement:
“This morning our Club suspended Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest in Manchester, NH on November 16. We take this matter very seriously. Our response in this matter reflects our extreme disappointment, particularly given the programs we have instituted internally and the commitment our organization has made to educating our players on the prevention of domestic violence. This is the first step in an ongoing process as we continue to gather information related to this incident and monitor the legal proceedings.”
The Kings, of course, employed defenseman Slava Voynov before he spent time in jail for domestic violence. Voynov returned to Russia in September.