Question 3: Hamonic has never played a full season in the NHL. I know he suffered an injury last season that’s kept him out of the lineup for a good chunk of the season. Do you think this will be a problem for him down the road with the Calgary Flames?
Michel: Welcome to the wonders of Travis Hamonic. It’s hard to say that he isn’t injury prone, because he is. Getting a full season out of him might be an issue. It’s not like the New York Islanders were running him out there 30 minutes a night. Hamonic plays a pretty physical game, that’s going to take a toll on him.
Maybe the Calgary Flames have better team doctors and can get Hamonic patched up quicker than the Isles could. Who knows. But that injury issue is a red flag for sure.
Question 4: Most Calgary Flames fans are ecstatic about this trade. How about Isles fans? Are you pleased with the trade?
Michel: We were ecstatic about the trade….and then we weren’t. It was a real quick turn around in Isles Fandom. It’s not that the return was bad, a first and two seconds? That’s fantastic. But the fans wanted GM Garth Snow to do something with those picks, like immediately. They wanted him to flip the picks to acquire a player like Matt Duchene. You know, something the Islanders could use today to help them win, today. Not picks that are only good as of 2018 (and 2019) on prospects that won’t be ready for a few years after that.
Unless for some reason the Calgary Flames tank and tank hard. (Editor’s note: Let’s hope that doesn’t happen).