Travis Hamonic The latest Travis Hamonic rumors have five teams very interested; The Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. GM Garth Snow gave Hamonic’s agent, Kevin Epp, permission several days ago to speak with interested GMs. Darren Dreger says it sounds like the Islanders would like a defenseman like Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers, though Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would be reluctant to give up either guy. Cheveldayoff also has to contend with pending UFAs Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, plus pending RFAs like Trouba and Mark Scheifele. Pierre LeBrun is reporting Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has coveted Travis Hamonic for some time. If the asking price is someone like Darnell Nurse, he doubts the Oilers would do that. LeBrun also believes Trouba could be too much for the Jets to give up, and claims the Minnesota Wild have at least talked to the Isles about Hamonic.

Sportsnet: Luke Fox has 6 trade destinations and what players could be involved in a Travis Hamonic trade.

  1. Winnipeg Jets:  Tyler Myers is more expensive than Hamonic, but position-wise the fit is there — and Snow would prefer to deal D for D. Both are 25-year-old righties who can log big minutes. And swapping Myers for Hamonic could save the Jets a bit of cap space.
  2. Calgary Flames: Kris Russell will be due a raise come July 1 and is a left shot, but he could be packaged with a pick or prospect.
  3. Edmonton Oilers: 28-year-old righty Mark Fayne plus a pick or prospect for Hamonic? Or maybe Snow could be tempted to shift from his D-for-D desires and consider a package that includes Nail Yakupov, Leon Draisaitl or Jordan Eberle.
  4. Vancouver Canucks: GM Snow could be tempted by a solid veteran defenceman like Dan Hamhuis ($4.25 million cap hit and a UFA next summer) or Alex Edler. Edler, a $5-million cap hit.
  5. Minnesota Wild: Mathew Dumba, 21, has yet to hit his ceiling and is a right shot. Another righty, 25-year-old Jared Spurgeon, will be looking for a raise from his current $2.66-million hit this summer. Spurgeon was drafted by the Islanders back in 2008.
  6. Colorado Avalanche:  If GM Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy sense that Tyson Barrie isn’t in the Avs plans for the future, a trade for Hamonic would work if Hamonic would accept a trade to the Avalanche?


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