Could the Jets be trying to extend Byfuglien before trading for Travis Hamonic?

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 08:15PM

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic wants to come home.

The 25-year-old first-pairing defender hails from just outside Winnipeg and has requested a trade out of New York, ideally to a franchise in Western Canada, for the purpose of being closer to what is reportedly an ongoing family situation.

Hamonic is a good player and a local kid, but the Jets are flush with right-handed shooting defenseman and Hamonic's contract, which has a lower cap hit than salary, isn't ideal for an internal budget team, which the Jets have been since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta. 

If the club decides to pursue Hamonic it will be a complicated deal, and it may be complicated even further by the status of pending unrestricted free agent Dustin Byfuglien. 

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JGD 21: Jets Look To Keep Momentum Going Against Arizona Coyotes

Vinnie Criscenzo
November 21 2015 12:02PM


The Winnipeg Jets finally broke the ice with a 4-1 win Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. They'll look for their first winning streak since October 29-31 tonight as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes to the MTS Centre.

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Jets' Wheeler is '100 percent', cracks jokes day after scary incident at Friday's practice

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 10:26AM

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Winnipeg Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler won't miss any time as a result of being struck in the side-of-the-head by a Dustin Byfuglien snapshot at practice on Friday. Wheeler is a tough guy, obviously.

"He's 100 per cent. That's what he tells us, that's what the docs say...he's a tough kid," Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters, by way of Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun, while also confirming that Wheeler will play on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Jets' Wheeler leaves practice after being hit in the head by a puck

Thomas Drance
November 20 2015 11:54AM

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Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler left Jets practice on Friday after he was hit in the side of the head by a shot puck. According to reporters on the scene, Wheeler appeared to be in considerable pain as he left the ice.

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By the Numbers: Statistically splicing Tyler Myers, Travis Hamonic, and Zach Bogosian

Garret Hohl
November 20 2015 11:32AM

The New York Islanders are looking to trade Travis Hamonic for another big minutes defender. It appears that the Islanders are targeting Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers, but the Jets are reluctant to pull the trigger.

We recently opined that the Jets should make the swap between Myers and Hamonic if at all possible.

It is rare though to see a big contract defender like Myers get swapped a year within being acquired by a team. It was not long ago the Jets made an exchange leading to Myers picking up Zach Bogosian's former place on the roster.

With Myers already playing 48 games for the Jets, I thought this would be a good opportunity to compare Myers to Hamonic and Bogosian in terms of their on-ice results over the past two seasons.

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