The Vegas Golden Knights now have a roster, and it’s not void of notable players.
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CHICAGO – After the Nashville Predators marched to the Stanley Cup Final on the strength of elite defense and savvy goaltending it’s easy to understand why the Calgary Flames surrendered a 2018 first-round pick and two second-round picks to land defenseman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders on Saturday.
The Flames’ top four defensemen – Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton and Hamonic – now rank in the top three in the Western Conference.
“We feel like we have two pairings we can put out against anyone,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “We really like the player, love the character of this kid.”
That’s why the Flames didn’t blink at the price for acquiring Hamonic, a 26-year-old who has appeared in 444 games for the Islanders.
In addition, Treliving appreciates the value of having Hamonic tied up for three seasons at the below-market cap hit of $3.8 million per year.
Now that the draft is over, here is some unfinished business as the free-agency period bares down on July 1.
Rangers need puck-moving defenseman
With Derek Stepan traded to Arizona and Dan Girardi bought out, the New York Rangers have $20 million in cap space to sign restricted free agents Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast and to find a backup goalie.
But before assuming the Rangers are in position to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, remember they were up against the salary cap because of overpaying on lengthy contracts.
They don’t want to go there again. Going after defenseman Brendan Smith and pursuing another puck-moving defenseman in a trade might be a more prudent course of action.
Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, acquired from Arizona, has offensive abilities and…