News broke Wednesday that the New York Islanders are quietly shopping 25-year-old defenseman Travis Hamonic after he requested a trade out of Brooklyn before the beginning of the season. According to Darren Dreger, Hamonic has expressed a desire to move to Western Canada, listing the Canucks, Oilers, Flames and Jets as potential landing spots. So should the Canucks look at Hamonic as a trade target?
Hamonic loves the Isles. This is personal. Wpg, Edmtn, Cgy and Van all preferred. Might expand to other west cities. Tough on Isles....— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 18, 2015
The answer is very simple: yes. Hamonic has proven to be a very reliable top-four defenseman on a competing Isles team over the past few years. And with his very appealing contract ($3.85 million AAV until 2020) and the fact that he is only just entering his prime, Hamonic is conceivably the best defenseman on the trade market right now. Losing him would be a very big hit to the Islanders.
But what would he bring the Canucks? Jim Benning must love his age. Hamonic would fit perfectly with his idea of a transitional rebuild, where acquiring good, young players without having to suffer years of "tanking" is the ultimate goal. But what does Vancouver have to give back?