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Islanders trade Travis Hamonic to Flames for a fortune of draft picks

NHL draft day frenzy marches on.

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After a week of rumors, the New York Islanders moved on from arguably their best defenseman.

On day two of the NHL draft, the Islanders agreed to trade Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames. In return, New York receives a 2018 first round pick, a 2018 2nd round pick and a second round pick in either 2018 or 2019.

Calgary also receives the Islanders’ fourth round pick in 2019 or 2020, depending on conditions.

The trade was first reported by Sporstnet’s Elliotte Friedman and corroborated by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The move comes days after New York traded for Oilers winger Jordan Eberle, making this part two of a pitch to franchise star John Tavares to sign a long-term extension this offseason.

Hamonic was a career-worst minus-21 this year but dealt with injuries that limited him to just 49 games. He’s a solid defender and a good leader, by all accounts, that should help bolster the Flames’ blue line. His arrival likely means Michael Stone won’t be re-signed.