Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:Earlier this summer, Travis Hamonic signed a seven-year deal with the Islanders for $27 million. Over at Sports Illustrated, Allan Muir breaks down the best deals of the summer and ranks Hamonic’s new contract as “the smartest deal of the summer.” He writes:
The difference between Hamonic’s and most other long-term deals is that this one starts when the player is only 23-years old. It’ll expire when he’s in his prime, as opposed to the long-term deals that go to older players and cover years they will probably be retired or somewhat useless, when they’re approaching 40. From what we’ve seen so far, Hamonic justifies the long-term commitment from the team and, as Muir notes, at a good price in the short-term. The hope is that later on down the road he’ll justify the higher price tag, too. But even if he doesn’t the Islanders won’t be stuck with an over-the-hill player signed to an unmovable contract.