26 May 2010
Travis Hamonic, one of the Islanders top defensive prospects, is expected to sign an entry level deal with the team this week according to Islanders Point Blank. "For all intents and purposes, we're there,"
Hamonic's agent, Craig Oster, told Islanders Point Blank. "We completed some of the work before the Memorial Cup and then took a break. We didn't want there to be any distractions for Travis. Now we're back at it and you should hear something in the next few days."
Many have predicted that the Islanders will send Hamonic directly to the NHL this upcoming season; however his agent was a little more cautious. "He's a great kid and a great prospect who you can be confident will get the most out of his talent. He cares so much and has that drive to succeed,"
said Oster. "I just don't know if he's a guy anyone expects to play right away. Travis will be the first to admit he still has a lot to learn."
Yesterday the Islanders did something they have not done it 37 years, make a trade with the Rangers. The unspeakable act against nature sent prospect Jyri Niemi in return for the Rangers 6th round pick in the NHL Draft in June. The last time these two teams made a trade was 1972.
Its' been two days since Islanders canceled their training camp trip to China, a trip that received mixed reviews from fans when originally announced. Since then the details surrounding the cancellation have made the whole thing stranger and mini PR nightmare. However the Islanders can rectify a bad situation to a good one. For the past several years I've heard grumbling about how far away the Islanders training camp is compared to other teams. This year the Islanders should reward their fans with a training camp on Long Island at Nassau Coliseum or Ice Works. Allow it to be open to the public and allow fans a first rate fan fest of some sort. All of which is not a lot to ask for.