Snow open to trading picks, prospects to improve roster now
CHICAGO -- Garth Snow may not be done dealing.
After trading defenseman Travis Hamonic to Calgary, the New York Islanders’ general manager said the return from the Flames could be used as “currency” to bolster the roster.
The Isles received a first-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2018, plus other considerations, for Hamonic.
“I don’t envision anything happening here in the next two days, though that could always change,” said Snow. “We feel we have a good hockey team. We have a team that’s built for now and for the future. I mean, you look at our prospects and the draft picks, we also have the ability to use some of those assets to bring in a player that can improve our club in the near term.”
Snow has reportedly had his eye on Colorado forward Matt Duchene, but so far has been unable to make a deal with the Avalanche.
As for trading Hamonic, Snow said it was made more palatable by the “great depth” the Isles have got on the back end.
That said, it was a tough, emotional decision.
“I think the world of him, on and off the ice,” Snow said of Hamonic. “Just a first-class player and first-class person.”
Snow would not divulge if the move was related to Hamonic’s trade request from 2015.
“I think he’s in a good place to play for his family, and the Islanders got a solid return,” said Snow. “I think it’s a win-win for both teams.”