Welcome Travis Hamonic to the trade rumor mill

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Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is “in play,” according to a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Why?

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.

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Hamonic is from Manitoba. According to this 2014 article, he owns a condo in Winnipeg.