“It’s a move we are willing to make because of the great depth on the blue line,” said Garth Snow, the Islanders’ general manager. “We got a solid return. It’s a win-win for both teams.”
The trade continued a busy week for the Islanders, who narrowly missed the playoffs last season after having reached the postseason in three of the previous four years.
On Thursday, they sent forward Ryan Strome to the Edmonton Oilers for Jordan Eberle in a trade of scoring forwards, and on Wednesday they shipped the injured forward Mikhail Grabovski and his $5 million salary-cap hit to the Vegas Golden Knights. In that deal, they also gave up defenseman Jake Bischoff, this year’s first-round draft pick and a second-round pick in 2019. In return, the Golden Knights agreed to select the Islanders’ backup goaltender J. F. Berube in the expansion draft rather than other unprotected players.
The Islanders now can work toward re-signing their captain, John Tavares, who is entering the final year of his six-year contract.
Snow said that trading Hamonic, whom the Islanders drafted in 2008, had been difficult because of his charity work and his connection to the fan base.
“He’s a first-class player and first-class person,” Snow said of Hamonic. “There is an emotional factor to it, especially when you are dealing with good people. At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for the hockey club.”
The Islanders selected the Finnish defenseman Robin Salo with their second-round pick on Saturday, then added defenseman Benjamin Mirageas, who will play at Providence College next season, in the third round.
Next came the Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho in the fifth round, and then two forwards — Arnaud Durandeau from Halifax of the Quebec League in the sixth round and Logan Cockerill of Michigan in the seventh.
After taking forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil with their two first-round picks on Friday, the…