Hamonic out for remainder of regular season, and possibly beyond

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This could be bad for the New York Islanders.

Travis Hamonic will miss the remainder of the regular season with a lower-body injury, after which he will be reevaluated prior to the playoffs.

That update came this morning from Isles head coach Jack Capuano, the day after the hard-nosed defenseman was injured against Columbus.

From Newsday reporter Laura Albanese:

As we wrote last night:

Hamonic, a steadying presence on the blueline, missed all of last year’s opening-round playoff loss to the Caps with a knee injury (grade-3 MCL tear). Without him, the defense was thinned out and the Isles ultimately bowed out in seven games.

For a team that hasn’t won a playoff series since 1993, the timing of this injury is incredibly unfortunate. Hopefully, for the Isles’ sake, Hamonic can make a speedy recovery.

We’ll leave Isles fans with these two reasons for hope: