New York Times’ writer Pat Pickens guests on this week’s One Puck Short Podcast, discussing the Rangers, Islanders and Devils starts to the 2015/16 NHL season.
Topics include the Rangers stuttering start to the year, Kyle Okposo’s future and whether New Jersey can remain in the play-off picture.
There’s also a chance to win a copy of Eastside Hockey Manager!
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Things we know:
- Travis Hamonic would like to leave New York for personal reasons, and his desired landing spot is somewhere in Western Canada – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver – or perhaps Colorado or Minnesota at a push.
- Garth Snow wants a ‘like-for-like’ replacement who can play for the Islanders now. They have defensive prospects, they don’t want picks. Snow wants to ensure the Islanders remain a contender (even if it as a dark horse at this point).
It also seems apparent that a straight deal with one of those six teams is proving ‘difficult’.
The Islanders are in the unique position where they’re a seller dealing from a position of strength; but even then the idea Calgary would trade T.J. Brodie for Hamonic, which is rumoured to be what Snow asked for, is somewhat laughable.
And thus the conversation is increasingly turning to the idea that a third team might have to enter the ring to make a deal happen.
And with a plethora of defensive talent on their books, and a need for some offensive help, Nashville might be that team – especially as they have a young defenceman that could serve as a more than adequate replacement for Hamonic: 24-year old Ryan Ellis.
On this week’s One Puck Short Podcast I look at the Islanders options for moving Travis Harmonic, trade rumours coming out of Colorado and the Penguins struggles.
The new All Star Game format also comes under the microscope.
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It’s ‘official’ – Travis Hamonic is on the trade block.
Well, kind of.
The 25-year old defenceman is said to be looking for a move away from New York due to ‘family concerns’, with Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reporting that the Islanders have been quietly looking to accommodate Hamonic’s request since the summer.
Finding a trading partner is proving difficult however, with the St. Malo, Manitoba native looking toward Western Canada while Islanders General Manager Garth Snow is set on landing an “equal-level replacement” for Hamonic, not picks or prospects, according to Friedman’s sources.
The upper body injury that limited Jaroslav Halak to just 40 minutes of preseason action will also keep him out of tonight’s season opener against Chicago.
Injuries happen, and with the Slovak stopper labelled as ‘day-to-day’ it doesn’t seem like an issue that will keep the Islanders #1 sidelined for long. But it has left the club thin on the ground when it comes to goaltending options, casting a light on the slack job the franchise has done developing its netminders in recent years.
The Metropolitan Division houses elite stars, awards candidates and has no shortage of goal scorers – but can it produce a Stanley Cup champion?
The puck drops on the 2015 Stanley Cup play-offs this Wednesday, with Eastern Conference teams looking to bring the Cup home after three years in the West.
A strong case for success can be made for several clubs, but many contenders have fallen at the first hurdle before.
‘As is tradition’, here are the 1PS picks for the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals: