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These 6 NHL teams have work to do before free agency


The Vegas Golden Knights now have a roster, and it’s not void of notable players.

CHICAGO – After the Nashville Predators marched to the Stanley Cup Final on the strength of elite defense and savvy goaltending it’s easy to understand why the Calgary Flames surrendered a 2018 first-round pick and two second-round picks to land defenseman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Flames’ top four defensemen – Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton and Hamonic – now rank in the top three in the Western Conference. 


“We feel like we have two pairings we can put out against anyone,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “We really like the player, love the character of this kid.”

That’s why the Flames didn’t blink at the price for acquiring Hamonic, a 26-year-old who has appeared in 444 games for the Islanders.

In addition, Treliving appreciates the value of having Hamonic tied up for three seasons at the below-market cap hit of $3.8 million per year.


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