And that, according to his agent, remains the most likely scenario.
“I think it’s more of a trade that happens draft time, offseason,” Kevin Epp told TSN 1040 radio yesterday. “He’s playing such good hockey and the Islanders are in a playoff position.”
Hamonic, 25, leads the Isles in average ice time (23:44) and has four goals and 10 assists in 54 games. He’s under contract through 2019-20 for a cap hit just below $4 million.
It’s believed he’d like to be moved somewhere in Western Canada — if not Winnipeg (where he’s from), then possibly Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver.
The Oilers, of course, are desperate to upgrade their defense, and they’re willing to deal.