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Although the players wrapped up their electronic CBA voting process at 8 a.m., there's still be no word on the basically assured passed of the CBA. The NHLPA says that will come later Saturday when the sides finalize the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Pardon the FDR pun in the headline, but the owners have ratified the new CBA as expected, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun also notes that the players will electronically vote on the new CBA on Friday and Saturday, but that won't affect the timing of training camps opening Sunday.
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SYOSSET, NY -- Two years ago, Islanders defender Travis Hamonic spent a few shorts months in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played 19 games in Bridgeport at the start of the 2010-11 season before being called up to the Islanders permanently in November 2010. Since being called up he's amassed 135 NHL games and become one of the Islanders best defenders, if not the best.

With fewer than 160 games played at the NHL level, Hamonic is eligible to spend the lockout in the AHL without having to pass through waivers. He's one of many young NHL players who have been assigned to their AHL affilites, a list that also includes the likes of Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philly's Sean Couturier and Carolina's Jeff Skinner. Hamonic was paired with Matt Donovan on the top defensive pair today, the first full day of camp, and is looking to help lead the team until the NHL is ready to go.

"[The AHL is] the second best league to the NHL and there's a lot of good young players, a lot of guys working hard just to get that one opportunity to get to the NHL level," Hamonic said at Iceworks in Syosset earlier today. "I was grateful to get that opportunity early on in my AHL debut, and hopefully I can come back and give these guys some leadership and be a mentor for the first and second year guys for the time being. Hopefully things will get resolved at the NHL level pretty soon."

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