Game Day (60): Hamonic Returns for Final Game Before Olympic Break

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Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders will get some help on their back end Saturday night as Travis Hamonic will return to the Islander lineup for the first time since January 12. He has been out with an upper body injury since the game in Dallas and has been itching to return to action.

“It’s never easy,” Hamonic said about having to sit out. “To be quite honest with you I wish I could play 60 minutes a night. Having to sit on the bench I’d rather be on the ice…  It pissed me off every night, whether we were winning or losing. When we’re winning you wanna be out there with the team doing it and if you’re losing you wanna be out there trying to help.

“It really gets me going when I have to sit out and watch a game, so I’ve been looking forward to this moment.”

Hamonic has missed the last 12 games and over that span the Islanders have gone 4-7-1 without him in the lineup. The Islanders did catch a break earlier in the week with the return of Lubomir Visnovsky.

However, there is a question of necessity as to why play Hamonic with just one game to go before the NHL pauses for the lengthy Olympic break. Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told reporters that it was the defenseman who wanted to hit the ice tonight.

“He wanted to play the last game and he could have played the last game,” Capuano said. “He wants to get in there. He wanted to get in the last game. We would never put anyone in a situation that wasn’t 100 percent. The same thing with Nabby in the stadium game, so he’s ready to go.”

Hamonic will be paired up with Calvin de Haan during Saturday’s contest agains the Colorado Avalanche and the team will not monitor Hamonic too much during the game. “He’s ready to go,” Capuano reiterated.

Isles Healthy for a Change

The Islanders will enter Saturday’s game against the Avalanche fully healthy for the first time since the beginning of the season. The return of Travis hamonic, and Lubomir Visnovsky earlier this week, the Isles have no players on the injured reserve.

“Like every other team now you have some bumps and bruises, but guys are battling through it,” Capuano said after the morning skate. “In the back end now we’ve got our guys and both goaltenders are healthy now. We’ve gone through some tough stretches.”

Hamonic Added: “I’m not gunna lie it’s nice to see everyone healthy. It’s nice to see a full roster, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse for whats gone on here. There’s teams that have had more injuries than we have and that’s just part of the process. As a teammate you never wanna see guys sitting out injured.”

Matt Donovan Sent to Bridgeport

The Islanders loaned defenseman Matt Donovan to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday morning.

Donovan was the odd man out with the return of Travis Hamonic and he will get to time to continue to work on his game down in Bridgeport. In a 17 game stint earlier in the year he recored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) for the Sound Tigers.

 




255 comments
justintime
justintime

The sad part is Bridgeport with all these supposedly great Isles prospects lost again tonight 3-0 and they are just as bad as the Isles.  They will not make the playoffs either.  Their lineup has prospects like Strome/Lee/Halmo/Sundstrom/Persson/Quine/Wetmore etc on offense and Donovan/Mayfield/Ness/Pedan(just coming back from injury) on defense.


These are all recent draft picks and yet they can't compete in the AHL as a winning team, makes me wonder about the future too.


Will these prospects go the way of the group before them in the AHL that were also hyped a few years back.  They included Ulstrom/Kabonov/Nino/Jonesuu/Rahkasnai and even Petrov who is still in Russia.  All are now gone or not in the Isles plans. That were also a few D draft picks by Snow like Katic/Klementyev, etc; that didn't work out either.


Hopefully the present group does better but not very encouraging right now.

orange
orange

Another discusting display of hockey,to bad the olympic break isn't long enough.Watching the game tonight  the team was slow the fans were asleep there is no imotion no creativity on the ice.Everybody is lost starting from ownership to the product on the ice.Well at least JT will bring home the gold medal for Canada.

theguru
theguru

the term rebuilding does not apply. snow job has never attempted to rebuild this team. rebuilding is done through the draft. snow job has traded away numerous top draft picks for rental and aging players. that is the anti-rebuild. now he has this team so far in a hole that they will be doormats for years to come even if wang wakes up from his long sleep and fires him today. needless to say the longer snow job stays in charge the bigger the hole will be.

theguru
theguru

snow has decimated this team by trading away his draft picks for rental players and drafting so poorly. this team will be awful for years to come via snow job

fan42long
fan42long

It's so old that it doesn't even sock anymore. The owner is the worst. The GM is in over his head. The coach Is lost. We don't have a goalie. We have four top six forwards and one is leaving. The young D actually shows a little promise. Our star player is probably counting the days til he bolts. You can't fire the owner. What's left are some die hard fans just hoping for a little something to cheer about. That doesn't seem to be on the horizon though. So sad. Thanks Mr. Wang. You know the rest of the NHL laughs at you, right?

steviel
steviel

The Fat Lady, aka Kate Murray, is singing!  Another lost season! 

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

That's it. Break time. Nothing left to say that hasn't been said before. rmreturns will set the record straight in the morning. He only responds in the AM. Might be a mambo dancer like Carlos Sanchez. (Sorry, I've had it with this season, nothing personal).

justintime
justintime

So Jealous of good young teams that are actually winning like  COL/TB/St Louis/Columbus, etc.  We have been rebuilding longer than all of them and they are all better than us and on a uptrend.  How is that possible?  Soon Calgary/Buf, etc (who are just starting a rebuild) will be passing us too.


This just doesn't make sense, how can there be so many holes on this team 8 years into a rebuild?

orange2327
orange2327

WANG spelled backwards is GNAW!! wang has gnawed this team down to a nub!! A squeaking gerbil if you will!!

hoser_14
hoser_14

How does Snow, Cappy and Dead Weight keep their jobs?   On any other competently run professional franchises, these lumps would have been canned a long time ago. 


Instead of running to the locker room after the Flames game to blast his players, Snowballs should look in the mirror to find who is to blame for this mess, no upgrade in goal and defense, trading a young lottry pick for a garden variety 3-4 line plugger, dumping the team's captain and power play quarterback, and then giving away 3 top assets for a player who is never going sign here.   And finally not firing a non NHL level coaching staff when the season sank back in November and hire a real NHL coach like Laviolette and Maurice.   


If Chairman Wang doesn't fire Snow, Capuano and Weight for failure, fubar and incompetence, then he doesn't care about results....and why should we care!    Boo! Hiss! Boo!    

Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan

Pacioretty got hurt tonight in the 1st period and didn't return. Maybe Kyle Okposo gets the call for team USA? C'mon Poile, make the call.

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

Cappy has no answers, good guy, but he and Snow need to go bye-bye birdie.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

can't put two passes together.  three weeks btwn games looks like a good idea.

camb33
camb33

We 1000% sold our soul to the devil for those 4 cups we won

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

A lot to look forward to after the Olympic break....thanks so much Charles, Garth, Cappy and all. You are all incompetent losers.

ejej
ejej

Hey dk, HIT DELETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

orange2327
orange2327

They should burn every third/alt jersey they ever put on!!

Vicp73
Vicp73

Breaking News! Capuano signed to a 4 year extension, Garth Snow likes the direction of the team. 

orangeblue
orangeblue

that was a perfect cap to the isles chances this season by nelson, close but no cigar

snostorm
snostorm

@justintime  Wang owns them too. Its insidious fail through out all levels of the organization. SELL THE TEAM YOU MORON. YOU HAVE SYSTEMATICALLY RUINED ONE OF THE BEST FRANCHISES IN NHL HISTORY.....kthanx

fan42long
fan42long

Blame the owner. These are his choices. These are his results.

fan42long
fan42long

And can someone please tell me how Brooklyn makes Wang less nuts and Snow anything more than a backup goalie in a tie?

orange2327
orange2327

Answers to your questions can be found in the offices of the owner/gm and behind the bench!!

fan42long
fan42long

And if he fires them you are so sure he will hire capable people? Where's the evidence of that? This owner doesn't want capable NHL quality people. He wants yes men to kiss his...

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Michael Bryan  that ship sailed.  how can you call okposo with what's been going on with this team...  he's cooled off too,

ejej
ejej

@Chris R - Night Chris..thanks for the usual support on the CRUSADE side..

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

@camb33 I am glad I saw them. I expect I wont see another.

dkdk
dkdk

Thanks EJ .... Just walked in looked at a couple of posts and hit delete! I am sure it was a "fun fame to watch" and numerous good signs on the farm though ...... Lol

theguru
theguru

@fan42long  yes there is plenty blame on the owner. he has no conception how to build a winning team and has a huge tolerance for losing. but as far as the one making the trades and drafting the players its on snow job. wang is too stupid or too loyal to fire snow job. look how long he stayed with milbury

dkdk
dkdk

It doesn't

justintime
justintime

@orange2327 another thing, how do you trade away top five picks(Nino) for fourth line players if you are still rebuilding?

Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan

@gleichzahl @Michael Bryan  

Who else are they gonna call? Bobby Ryan? He's trash talked Poile twice since his snub. I gotta think Okposo has a better chance than Saad for the final spot.


camb33
camb33

 you sir are 1000% right!

orange2327
orange2327

You mean the one in the proposed 77 acre dreamworld wang tried to build known as the lighthouse??

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Chris R  How F'up is this Franchise bro? How does failure go unpunished for so many years? Wow just doesn't add up

theguru
theguru

@fan42long  thats true the buck stops with wang. i would never spend a dime as long as snow is the GM or until wang decides to hire someone who is competent. whether or not wang ever hires someone who is competent is very questionable. it doesn't matter what wang knows about computers that knowledge is not transferable to hockey in his case.

fan42long
fan42long

What's worse is we pay him for this. I've shelled out a grand to see these games. So I'm the problem too. I pay a crap owner good money to watch a bad product. Sigh...

fan42long
fan42long

And I don't excuse that. Sports is winning and losing. We lose. We lose because the owner makes bad decisions. If your boss hired inept people and your business suffered, would you blame the new hires or the person who hired them? It's the owner who is at fault. Wang is the main problem with the Islanders.

fan42long
fan42long

Because they are inept. The entire organization is inept.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Michael Bryan  i don't think okposo's played that well lately, so if they didn't call him when he was going great, why now?  also, pacioretty might be ok anyway.  i happened to see the play and it didn't look too bad.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@shamwow @Chris R @Vicp73  Yes he is, isn't he, but some representing the Corsi Foundation will tell you that the annual loses are in the Millions and blah, blah, blah ,blah

shamwow
shamwow

@Chris R @Vicp73

Here's what adds up nicely for Chuck Wang: 20M per yr. in Cable TV money, increased League revenue sharing, and Tens of Millions from the Barclays boys on the side...

He's the slumlord of the NHL