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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Since making his Islanders debut in 2010-11, Travis Hamonic's career has been marked by injuries and subpar defensive play, culminating with the 2016-17 season, which has quickly spiraled into one that Hamonic would like to forget. 

With 13 points, Hamonic has the lowest point total of his career, not including the 48-game lockout shortened season of 2012-13. He has failed to play a full season since that year, only appearing in 81 percent of all scheduled contests.

He has also been very inconsistent in his own end. Hamonic was a -8 in that lockout year and -5 last year, going +27 over the other four years of his career.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders, home in Brooklyn for the first time in three weeks and off the heels of a franchise record nine-game road trip where they went 5-3-1, struggled mightily Monday night in an 8-4 blowout loss to the Hurricanes in what could have been considered a must-win game.

With a record of 3-4-1 over their last eight games, having allowed 25 goals in those losses, it's obviously not the optimum time to go into a slump, clinging to the playoff race by a thread -- one point behind the Maple Leafs, but having played one more game. 

"We have to play a lot harder than we did tonight. Execute at a much higher level. Disappointing at this point in the season," captain John Tavares said in the locker room after the game as the team hustled to beat the impending Nor'Easter and catch a flight to Carolina for the rematch Tuesday night.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save on Chicago's Jordin Tootoo in the first period. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save on Chicago's Jordin Tootoo in the first period. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Artemi Panarin sent the game to overtime with a late goal in regulation, then connected in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Islanders Friday night in Chicago.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders board a flight to Dallas on Tuesday, a day earlier than they would have left under normal circumstances, to continue their nine-game road trip.

What's not normal about a Tuesday in February? In case you have been living under a rock, Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET is the NHL trade deadline. And with the Islanders engaged in a back-room brawl for the final Eastern Conference wild card spot, it's their last opportunity to search for help outside the organization -- help that could get them over the hump and into the playoffs. And that's where every team, thanks to parity that now rules the day, has a chance at the big prize.

Third place in the Metropolitan division is a pipe dream at this point, with New York trailing Columbus by 15 points with 21 games to play. With the best division in hockey getting better after Washington acquired Kevin Shattenkirk Monday night, they trail the rival New York Rangers by 14 points, making the first wild card spot and a trip into the Atlantic division bracket also an extremely long shot...

Tags: Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal with right wing Ryan Strome (18) and left wing Josh Bailey (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The roadie from hell has officially begun. Nine straight games away from Brooklyn for the New York Islanders, who entered play last night tied for fewest road wins in the entire National Hockey League at seven.

After a first period that saw them take the lead on a beauty from Josh Bailey, still their most consistent offensive player all season, they fell asleep at the wheel with the clock running down and surrendered an awful goal to Henrik Zetterberg with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie the game.

Instead of getting down, they picked themselves up, went out and executed simplicity on the road, exactly what is needed to pick up two crucial points at this juncture of the regular season, when the grind of an 82-game schedule really starts to wear down the body, no matter how conditioned or prepared you think you might be.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The trade market has become incredibly expensive as the deadline looms at 3 p.m. ET on March 1, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, who has two of the most coveted forwards on the market in Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, is looking to make a killing on either one, says Garrioch.

Garrioch noted that when Senators GM Pierre Dorion spoke to Sakic, the cost for either player was 23-year-old defenseman Codi Ceci, a 2017 first-round draft pick, one of two blue chip prospects in defenseman Thomas Chabot -- star of the just completed world junior championship -- or center Colin White, plus perhaps a couple of other parts.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

Nick Leddy has looked like a completely different player since the calendar turned to 2017, and it's paying dividends for the Islanders.

Leddy opened the scoring for the Isles in the first period on Sunday evening, then chipped in two assists, ultimately surpassing the 200 point mark for his career.

In addition, Leddy and his pairing mate Johnny Boychuck played to a +3 rating for the evening, and were on the ice for all five Islanders goals. According to Islanders statistician Eric Hornick, Leddy is averaged just shy of a point per game (4-11-15) in the last 16 games, and has a +9 rating over that span.

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New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders are now three games into the head coaching career of interim bench boss Doug Weight, who took over for the terminated Jack Capuano last week. 

Some of the changes we have seen have trended positive for New York, others neutral and some have slipped. The 'newness' of a coaching change has now worn off, and three games remain on a six-game home-stand that will either position the team better for a late playoff run or potentially knock them further behind.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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John Tavares, Doug Weight, and Travis Hamonic discuss the firing of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Interim head coach Doug Weight, John Tavares, and Travis Hamonic react to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano...

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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.

Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping their top offensive stars, but they have a steep asking price. Should the Islanders engage? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss… 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

The Avalanche are seeking a "top-level" defenseman, a first round pick, and more in a deal for Gabriel Landeskog, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Andy, have you heard if the Isles have had any talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on Landsekog?

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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Dec 27, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) shoots on goal during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Dec 27, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) shoots on goal during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Travis Hamonic will miss "a couple of games" due to his lower-body injury, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Greiss will be in net when the Isles face the Panthers.

Hamonic played in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, but he missed Monday's practice with a

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Travis Hamonic is day-to-day due to a lower-body injury and will likely not play Wednesday night, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Tuesday.

Adam Pelech, who was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Jan. 5, "is going to get a chance," according to Capuano.

Pelech had been activated off injured reserve and loaned to Bridgeport late last month.

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

There's a crunch coming to the Islanders defensemen. That's because the upcoming NHL expansion draft, set to take place this June, is undoubtedly going to mix some things up on New York's blue line, and it should create some urgency for Garth Snow in the next few months.

The rules of the draft allow teams to protect either seven forwards and three defensemen, or eight skaters overall. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, so Johnny Boychuk isn't going anywhere. The Isles will also undoubtedly protect Nick Leddy and Travis Hamonic. And if they choose to protect Ryan Pulock, which they will have to do based on his eligibility if they don't want him exposed, that will leave them room for four more skaters (three once you factor in John Tavares).

It all adds up to the reality that Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey will both be left unprotected, which forces Garth Snow to make a decision. Either trade one (or both) before this year's trade deadline and not risk losing one of them for nothing, or roll the dice and watch his old assistant snatch one up for the Knights' inaugural roster.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Avalanche are open to trading C Matt Duchene, with Colorado perhaps seeking a young defenseman or defensive prospects in return, reports Elliotte Friedman of TSN.

Duchene, 25, has 13 goals and 11 assists in 33 games this season.

He has 169 goals and 232 assists in 528 games spanning eight seasons in the NHL -- all with Colorado.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic
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Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders gave up four unanswered goals and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:30 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assists: Kyle Turris, Ryan Dzingel
  • 17:20 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson

Second period:

  • 0:27 NYI Anders Lee; Assist: Josh Bailey
  • 14:07 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Travis Hamonic
  • 15:03 OTT Mark Stone (power play); Assists: Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf

Third period:

  • 5:45 OTT Derick Brassard; Assists: Stone, Zack Smith
  • 16:33 OTT Smith (ENG)
  • 19:34 OTT Tom Pyatt (ENG); Assist: Chris Kelly
Tags: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders celebrate the 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks during at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

Even with a sloppy, 6-2 loss in Columbus on Saturday evening, the New York Islanders have still made quite a recovery from the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Heading into the end of November with a record of 6-10-4, the team recovered and has since won five of seven, picking up points in six of those games to climb back to a reasonable mark of 11-11-5 as we near the middle of December.

It might be not enough, however, to lift them back into the playoffs for the third time in four years, when all is said and done.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

This summer, Islanders GM Garth Snow signed Andrew Ladd to a big-money deal and signed Jason Chimera to replace the departed Matt Martin, hoping to add some additional veteran leadership to a team coming off its first playoff round victory in over 20 years.

Even though the offensive numbers have been slow to arrive (Chimera with 4-5-9 in 25 games, but three goals the past five games and Ladd 3-3-6 in 25 games, but 1-2-3 in his last five games), they have combined with existing veterans to help the Islanders out of the type of malaise that struck the team during October (4-5-0) and November (4-5-4).

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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The New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
The New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Remember, remember the month of November. Although that line is modified from the movie 'V for Vendetta', it very much applies to the New York Islanders, who are all too happy to move past their month of horrors and see the calendar flip to December 1.

Going back to the 2011-12 season, the 11th month of the year was not too kind to head coach Jack Capuano and his squad. New York went 4-7-2 and 4-10-1 in back to back full seasons, putting them firmly behind the proverbial eight ball as the season ticked past the thin red line that separates the playoffs from an early golf outing. Things seemed to improve in 2014-15 with a monster 11-3-0 month before the team tailed off yet again the following season with a mark of 7-6-1.

If you're counting at home, that's 26-26-4 over the past four full seasons heading into 2016-17. With New York just completing their November last night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game they would will themselves to win 5-3 after surrendering a 3-0 third-period lead, it gave the Islanders a 4-5-4 mark this time around, just 46% of all possible points and only 2 regulation wins in 13 tries.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

The Islanders have expressed interest in trading for Sabres LW Evander Kane, though nothing seems imminent. 

"The New York Islanders came in and starting kicking tires on Evander Kane, but nothing came of that," Bob McKenzie of TSN reported. "Nothing is imminent at this moment, but the Buffalo Sabres will consider it for the right defenseman."

Kane, 25, has zero goals and two assists in eight games this season.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Chants of "Fire Cappy" have been raining down from the rafters at Barclays Center this year, but one writer thinks that gives Garth Snow a free pass.

The New York Daily News' Peter Botte says the Islanders general manager is complicit in this failure as well, as to place the blame solely on Jack Capuano is to overlook where the Isles' rebuild has truly stalled out.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Tampa Bay Lightning left Brooklyn last night and boarded a plane for Detroit, the next stop on their five-game road trip. They will take the ice tonight with a 9-6-1 record in the 2016-17 season. Three of those wins, by a combined score of 14-2, have come against the New York Islanders, who seem to have zero answers the past two weeks to the malaise that has taken over this team.

Head coach Jack Capuano has juggled lines. He's called out his players to the media. He's, not 'stick to the face' directly, but more like 'hook around the hands' directly, called out his general manager. He has shown some slight snark at reporters, then answered the same question the following week with calmness and resignation. In his seventh year as bench boss, it seems the expiration date, for which I believe all coaches have, has come. But will general manager Garth Snow act on it?

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will return on Monday night against the Lightning, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Hamonic, who participated in the morning skate, had been placed on IR on Nov. 7 (retroactive to Nov. 5) due to an upper-body injury sustained when blocking a shot.

The Islanders initially said he would be out four-to-six weeks.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Shane Prince, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Defenseman Adam Pelech (50) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Defenseman Adam Pelech (50) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

Adam Pelech got thrown right into the fire on Monday night, and the results were impressive.

Pelech, who took Travis Hamonic's spot on the top pairing with Nick Leddy, played 17:08 against the Canucks and registered an assist on Andrew Ladd's first goal of the season. He played to a 57.1 Corsi For Percentage and a 58.8 Fenwick For Percentage on the night.

"I thought he did a great job for us," Jack Capuano said of Pelech's performance. "The first couple shifts are always tough, especially as a defenseman. They've got guys coming with speed, a desperate team, like us."

Pelech, 22, now has 10 games of NHL experience.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders on Monday night against the Canucks at Barclays Center, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Adam Pelech, who was called up from Bridgeport to replace the injured Travis Hamonic, will be paired with Nick Leddy.

Meanwhile, Alan Quine will be in for Anthony Beauvillier. 

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May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders have placed Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Nov. 5) and recalled Adam Pelech from Bridgeport, the team announced.

Hamonic is out four-to-six weeks due to an upper-body injury sustained in Saturday's overtime loss to the Oilers, according to Newsday's Arthur Stape.

He left Saturday's game against the Oilers after blocking a shot with his arm in the first period and did not return. 

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May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) carries off the boards in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Tampa Bay Lightning won 5-4. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic left Saturday's game against the Oilers after blocking a shot with his arm in the first period and did not return. 

After blocking a shot from Oilers forward Patrick Maroon at 12:13 of the first period, Hamonic grabbed his arm and skated off the ice, missing the rest of the game. 

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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

It took eight games, but it seems the Islanders' forwards are ready to start carrying their weight.Secondary scoring has been a problem for the Isles for the entirety of the John Tavares era, this year included. The Isles have gotten plenty of goal production from their defensemen in the season's early going, and fans never have to worry about the team's top line -- whoever that may be alongside JT. But practically all their forwards have been marred in a scoring drought to open the 2016-17 campaign.Finally on Sunday, it appeared the damn began to break.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Greiss recorded 33 saves and five players scored as the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Greiss, Toronto Maple Leafs, Travis Hamonic
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Jaroslav Halak (41) started aganst the Penguins Thursday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jaroslav Halak (41) started aganst the Penguins Thursday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Sidney Crosby broke a tie with 2:25 remaining and Phil Kesel added a power-play goal 32 seconds later as the Penguins rallied to beat the Islanders 4-2 Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The New York Islanders are only seven games into the 2016-17 season. But it has been an eight-game stretch that has seen them capture only 42.8 percent of possible points, as their 3-4-0 start has them trailing their pace of 64.2 percent last season and 71.4 percent in 2014-15.Trying to figure out the reason for the regression could be an exercise in futility at this early juncture, as there are still 75 games left on the docket and 150 points to be won or lost before the dust settles and playoff dreams are realized or crushed. But since when has that stopped anyone before? Fans are antsy and unsettled even though four of the team's last five games have ended in 3-2 final scores with the 3-2-0 record not as bad as it might seem on the surface. Not to mention the losses were to the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens -- two pretty darn good hockey teams.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares scored two goals and the New York Islanders scored three goals in a span of 3:08 in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at Barclays Center.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Minnesota Wild, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

D Nick Leddy isn't at practice for the Islanders Thursday, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday, who speculates an injury to Leddy could be the reason D Ryan Pulock was called up.The Islanders emergency recalled Pulock from Bridgeport on Wednesday, but didn't announce whether the move had to do with an injured player.Pulock, 22, had four points in 15 regular season games last year and added three more points in the playoffs.

Tags: Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Josh Bailey (12) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center.  (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)
Josh Bailey (12) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso - USA Today)

The Islanders won their home opener Sunday night at Barclays Center against the Ducks, 3-2. Josh Bailey scored :54 seconds into overtime to secure the win.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders played Game one of their season last night at Madison Square Garden. Game one. That means there are 81 remaining. Yet, if you read through some of the comments on Twitter postgame from a passionate Islanders fanbase, you would think they were just eliminated from postseason contention.

I respect the passion, the wanting to win so badly at any cost, believe me. However, there has to be a sense of reasonableness that comes into play when the team you root for has played 1.22 percent of its scheduled games.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, Ladd will be an alternate every game, while Clutterbuck and Hamonic will rotate games serving as alternates.


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The final week of New York Islanders training camp promises to be busy. Players on the bubble hoping to make the 23-man roster, which has to be announced by Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. ET, will have plenty of opportunities to put forth their best case to management and the coaching staff.

New additions Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteau and Jason Chimera have been assimilated into the squad, while captain John Tavares, goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are expected to join their teammates as early as tomorrow.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

There has been a metric ton of speculation around the Islanders since the summer, mostly around one central question: Are they any better today than they were at the final buzzer of the five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning? Ask them, and they'll tell you they absolutely are.

''[The Lightning series] was frustrating, but you learn from it and you move on,'' Travis Hamonic told reporters at media day on Thursday. ''[To win a playoff series] was good for our team, for our fan base to see that and have an opportunity to win the first one in a long time. It sets our bar and our expectations even higher.''

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Travis Hamonic made his annual drive to Long Island this year, and he told Newsday that he's never been happier to do so.

"It feels like home," Hamonic told Art Staple.

In Staple's report, he details the timeline of when Hamonic made his trade request, while passing along massive praise of both Hamonic and the team's locker room from assistant head coach Doug Weight. Delved into is how the situation never affected the d-man's performance on the ice nor his teammates' view of him once news of the request leaked.

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New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

John from Saratoga asks: The Isles lost two assistant captains this offseason in Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. Do you think that will hurt the room? And what two players do you think wear the 'A' next season?


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

That's a great interesting question, John. As far as the locker room goes, I think you saw just how important Garth Snow thought bringing in strong leaders to replace his outgoing assistant captains were when he made his free agent moves. Not only did he make bringing in Andrew Ladd his top priority, but the Islanders were very aggressive going after Jason Chimera. Both of those players are known for their exemplary leadership skills, and both have a ton of playoff experience. So while it's never quite clear how a locker room is going to gel until the guys actually get to know one another, I think that Garth really prioritized that area, which was a bit of a need for this team.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

It's remarkable when you sit down and examine, in your own mind, the concept of time. As you get older, it seems to move faster and faster. Of course, time doesn't actually go faster, it just seems that way with increased responsibilities taking up most of the free hours we hold so dear.

I'm sure hockey players are no different in this mental phenomenon. To the New York Islanders, it probably seems as if the season just ended this past Sunday instead of May 8 in Tampa with a 4-0 loss eliminating them from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Now, it's back in the gym preparing for a training camp in September that will be here in the blink of an eye, approximately eight short weeks away.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mikhail Grabovski, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Brian Compton and Mike Carver dive head first into the start of free agency, as they discuss the Isles' interest left wing Andrew Ladd.

Plus, the guys discuss the Taylor Hall-Adam Larsson trade, and explain why Garth Snow made the right decision not dealing Travis Hamonic

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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

The Oilers dealt Taylor Hall to the Devils on Wednesday, but they checked in with the Islanders before they did.

According to multiple reporters, including Darren Dreger and Art Staple, the Oilers asked the Isles for Travis Hamonic and perhaps another piece back for Hall, and GM Garth Snow declined.

Last November, news broke that Hamonic had requested a trade to a team closer to his Manitoba home to deal with an undisclosed personal issue. However, after spending all year with the team, Hamonic rescinded his trade request.

Tags: Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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Travis Hamonic had his best season in 2015-16 with the Islanders.
Travis Hamonic had his best season in 2015-16 with the Islanders.

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

School is out and it's time for final grades here at Islanders Point Blank. Over the course of the next month, SNY TV's Brian Erni and I will be taking a look at each of the players and analyzing their 2015-16 performance, from the drop of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in October to that 4-0 loss in Tampa that sent New York home amidst roster uncertainty. Contract details via nhlnumbers.com and stats courtesy of hockeyreference.com.

Travis Hamonic, 25, Defense 

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On this week's show, Brian Compton and Mike Carver look back the Islanders' 2nd round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The guys chat with Arthur Staple of Newsday about the play of Kyle Okposo, Ryan StromeBrock Nelson, and discuss the surprising return of Travis Hamonic.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow addressed the media via conference call and gave his 2015-16 signoff state of the team address.

The usually quiet front office head did not offer much in terms of specifics but did give some 'read between the lines' comments regarding the direction he thinks the team needs to go, among other topics.

On prime challenges for the future: "I have the same mentality I've always had. Take the next step, get to the next level. This year simply wasn't good enough. We are always looking to get better and that's the work that starts now, heading into the draft."

Tags: John Tavares, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic speaks with the media about rescinding an earlier trade request.

D Travis Hamonic has rescinded his trade request, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Before the 2015-2016 season began, Hamonic decided he wanted to be closer to his Winnipeg home for an undisclosed personal reason. He asked GM Garth Snow to be traded, but throughout the season, a trade never materialized.

In 72 games this season, Hamonic had five goals and 16 assists.

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