Flames add Hamonic to keep up with arms race in West

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The trade is somewhat confusing though.

The Flames gave up a first- and second-round pick in 2019 and a second-rounder either in 2019 or 2020 to get Hamonic, who requested a trade from the New York Islanders prior to the 2015-16 season, then rescinded it later that season.

You don't give up as many first, second and third round draft picks as the Flames have this month unless you believe your cupboards are stocked with prospects and your big leaguers are on the cusp of breaking through as a group. Yikes. This means that the Flames management is fully confident that the Flames will be legitimate cup contenders next season. He won the NHL Foundation Player Award on Wednesday in Las Vegas for his charity work in the community. An awesome price for a top-four defenceman.

During my chat with #Flames acquisition Travis Hamonic, captain Mark Giordano was calling to welcome him to Calgary.

Hamonic has three seasons left on his contract at $3.857 million per year. That's a good return and means NY will also get some extra cap space. "I think in this league, the way we look at it, we've got two pairs out there now that can play against anybody".

"We're still working away at our team", Treliving said.

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The Habs used two of their first three picks at the draft on centres, landing on Poehling, an American attending St. Cloud State University, and Joni Ikonen, a Finn who totalled 41 points in 40 games in the Swedish junior league this past season.

But after an injury plagued and subpar 2016-17, when he played only 49 games and just a handful of those after the Islanders turned their season around under Doug Weight, GM Garth Snow chose to put Hamonic and his very affordable cap hit - he has three seasons left at $3.857 million per - on the market in the past few weeks. Rutherford all but said that's what he was prepared to do after watching Sidney Crosby get abused during the playoffs this year. We're going to have to get one or two guys...and some of these games that should just be good hockey will turn into a sh-show.

"I've said for awhile: I think you build up through the middle", said Treliving.

The Flames get the defenseman they really needed.

With the Islanders clearing some players out this week they are not the only team we should watch this coming week before free agency opens on July 1st.

The 26-year-old was the longest-tenured defenseman at the time of his trade. "I think it's a win-win for both teams".

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