Word to the wise: There seems to be a focus by the punditry and NHL experts that the NY Islanders can only trade to the Western Conference Canadian Teams. I don’t believe this is the case at all.
I think this is a far more realistic view of possible trade partners that get Travis Hamonic CLOSER to his home which is just outside Winnipeg.
You will see this opens things for the Islanders quite a bit with such teams as Minnesota, St. Louis, Detroit, Colorado, etc. Minnesota is an hour plane ride to Winnipeg. Colorado and St. Louis are roughly a 2-hour plane ride from Winnipeg, though St. Louis might not have a direct nonstop. NY has been an all-day excursion in travel due to lack of non-stop flights (which would make it only 5.5 hours).
Other nonstop to Winnipeg
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Delta)
Calgary, Alberta (Air Canada, WestJet)
Denver, Colorado (United)
Chicago, Illinois (United)
Ottawa, Ontario (Air Canada, WestJet)
Montreal, Quebec (Air Canada, WestJet)
Vancouver, BC (Air Canada, WestJet)
Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada, WestJet)
Phoenix, Arizona (WestJet*)
Something to keep in mind as we wait for something to be done this season.
For our take and analysis, check out our latest podcast that cites this and other important points as outing of Travis Hamonic’s trade request seems to have the Isles fanbase in a panic.