Fan favorite defenseman Travis Hamonic, citing personal family concerns, requested a trade before the season and is on the trade block, Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet first reported.
How have the Isles responded to that piece of news?
Quite well, actually. Good teams respond well to adversity, and his teammates were extremely supportive of him. Additionally, New York has played its best hockey of the season following the news.
“Those are guys you go to war with,” Hamonic said. “Some of those guys I’ve been playing with for six years and really know really well. [Capuano] always talks about a brotherhood in there and everything else, but it certainly is. (I was) just explaining what was going on. It was probably one of the more difficult conversations I think I’ve had in life. It certainly wasn’t easy, but they’ve been there for me for many years now in different situations in my life and my career and they’ve certainly been there this morning.”