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Isles re-sign Hamonic: seven years, $27 million

Jul 5, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders have locked up a key young member of their blueline, agreeing to a mammoth seven-year, $27 million deal with defenseman Travis Hamonic.

While the guaranteed money and term might seem overboard for someone that’s not a household name, the deal could be financially solid for the Isles.

Hamonic’s new contract has a $3.85 million average annual cap hit, which will be a bargain if he continues to progress like he has.

Despite being just 22 years old, Hamonic has already played in 183 regular season contests, emerging as one of New York’s top defensemen.

He’s averaged over 21 minutes per night right from his rookie campaign (up to 22:48 TOI last year) and led all Isles blueliners in hits this season.

He’s a 20-25 points-per-season producer that became an absolute workhorse in his first-ever postseason appearance this spring.

In six games against Pittsburgh he averaged 25 minutes a night, leading the Isles in average postseason TOI.

The deal is quite similar to the one Roman Josi received in Nashville — seven years, $28 million — and we could see more of these, as teams look to lock up their young defensemen well before they hit free agency.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Good job locking up a young building block on the Isles blueline. Hamonic is very underrated, IMO. Another smart move by Snow.

  2. hockey412 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    WOW…not sure how to feel about this one, from Hamonic’s standpoint…I’m thinking he needs a new agent. The way this kid played against Pittsburgh in the playoffs, he’d command much, much more than this in the NEAR future. He should have taken a two-three year contract then went long term. That’s a great signing by the NYI, but wow he sold himself short.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Exactly, and for 7 years! A top pairing D wiht a cap hit in the $3Ms, this isn’t 2000!

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      i dont know what series you were watching, hamonic got owned right along with the rest of the islander’s blue line. if he wasnt in the box he was on the ice for a lot of the goals the pens scored in that series (-4 and 23 pims). not saying he is a bad player but you cant base his worth on a mediocre at best series against the pens. he got right about what he’s worth a 22 yrs old, and you’re right, he shouldve signed for 4 yrs.

  3. 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    What a steal in the long run. That cap hit is going to look fantastic a couple years from now. Bargain numbers for the entire prime of his career.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I’m sure somewhere Holmgren is laughing to himself thinking “who gives out that kind of contract to a defenseman who isn’t even in his mid-30’s yet?”

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Haha nice.

  5. carltonthurman - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    and happiness spread across the island – at least for a day – with more than $10 mil to get to the cap FLOOR, can the Isles look for a serious impact player? garth scavenges the discount rack as good as anyone, but….

  6. bardown66 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Was very impressed by him in the round one series against pittsburgh. even though i joked and called him snaggle tooth a few times, mad respect for dude. reminds me of a young brooks orpik during the penguins “dark ages”. hoping for another pens vs isles series next year!

  7. tjvalley - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I think the next big signing is bailey, this deal is F-ing genius! Snow has a plan and it looks beautiful!!

  8. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Best signing of the day.
    Garth Snow and Broken clocks

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