NHL Draft Trade Tracker – June 24, 2017
Check out my take on the notable trades on the second day of the 2017 NHL Draft .
The New York Islanders trade defenseman Travis Hamonic and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019 or 2020 to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second-round pick in 2018 and a conditional second-round pick in 2019 or 2020.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames were in the market for a quality defenseman to round out their top-four defense. Hamonic, who turns 27 in August, should address that need. He has offensive skills and shutdown ability and can log big minutes. He also carries an affordable $3.8 million annual cap hit through 2019-20.
The Isles are cutting costs to free up long-term cap space to re-sign team captain John Tavares, better absorb the $6 million annual cap hit of recently-acquired winger Jordan Eberle and perhaps bring in another scoring forward.