Eric Francis: Flames all in with acquisition of Hamonic

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"He checks a lot of boxes for us", Flames general manager Brad Treliving said after sending multiple draft picks, including a 2018 first-rounder and a pair of future second-round selections, to NY for the 26-year-old Hamonic.

Hamonic and a fourth round pick in either the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft was sent to Calgary in exchange for the Flames' first and second round picks in 2018 and a second round pick in either the 2019 or 2020 draft. Drafted in 2008, Hamonic was a part of the Islanders organization for almost a decade, racking up 146 points (26G, 120A) and 452 penalty minutes in 444 games.

Signed for three more seasons at a cap hit of $3.857 million per season, Hamonic's arrival effectively cements the Flames' core for the next two seasons and arguably signifies that the team feels its window for contention is about to open. We have a team that's built for now and for the future. "Stoney came in and was a good fit for us". Among them was 154-pound centre Skyler McKenzie, who tied for eighth in the WHL with 42 goals a year ago, and six-foot-four Swedish goaltender Arvid Holm. The asking price was two first-round picks, but no details are now available on who heads to the Island in return.

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic suggested that the team hadn't been offered enough of a return for Duchene, so the Central Division club was going to hold on to the long-time forward for the time being.

"He's a first-class player and first-class person", Snow said of Hamonic. "We see a guy that has a chance to eventually play in a top-nine and help the Montreal Canadiens".

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Already loaded with interesting young players and prospects, the Jets added eight more to the fold in this year's draft.

Hamonic will surely be missed, an alternate captain and one of the strongest voices in the locker room since the Isles took him with their second-round pick (No. 53 overall) in the 2008 draft.

"For a guy who says I hate giving up picks, I've given up a lot of picks", When you look at each position, outside the NHL: We've got some good goaltender depth.

"My role in NY was always to try to be really sound defensively and play against some of those top guys in the league". However, they do lose a 27-year-old who in 49 games this past year blocked an average of 2.2 shots a game and put in 20 minutes of ice time a game. "I couldn't be more excited".

Hamonic is listed at six-foot-two and 205 pounds and has seven seasons of big-league experience, all with the Islanders.

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