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Is the 30-year-old defender trade bait or a long-term piece?

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Travis Hamonic (27) stretches before the game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Before anything else, start your day by watching J.T. Miller’s highlight-reel overtime winner from last night.

There haven’t been many reasons to feel good about the Canucks this season, but this nifty little run has been a fine tonic.

Okay, onto the headlines.

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Is Travis Hamonic trade bait, or a long-term fit with the Vancouver Canucks?

The 30-year-old defender has looked better alongside Quinn Hughes since returning to the lineup three weeks ago. Together, the pair isn’t dominating, but they’re not bleeding goals against like they were earlier in the season.

It’s easy enough to see the Winnipeg Jets having an interest in Hamonic. He’s previously stated that he only wants to play in Western Canada, and he’s a native of Manitoba. The Jets are also in a battle for first in the North Division, but their defence is the number one thing holding them back.

However, Hamonic recently stated that he wants to stay in Vancouver “long-term.” [The Province]

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with right wing T.J. Oshie (77) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center.
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Around the NHL

  • Ovechkin ties Phil Esposito for sixth on the all-time goals list, while the Sabres lose their 11th in a row... [NHL]
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  • Spoiler alert: one winner this season has been the Florida Panthers, and they wake up as the President’s Trophy front-runners after beating the Chicago Blackhawks last night. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Finally, for those who love NHL Power Rankings, here’s an analytics-based one from Sportlogiq. [TSN]