The Toronto Maple Leafs made a concerted effort to land defenceman Travis Hamonic at last week’s NHL Draft, offering a 2018 first-round pick and winger James van Riemsdyk to the New York Islanders, according to a report from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Hamonic would eventually be dealt to Calgary for a first- and two second-round picks on Saturday, as Islanders general manager Garth Snow opted for futures instead of the immediate scoring punch a player like van Riemsdyk would add to his lineup.
The 28-year-old has one year left on his contract, which carries a $4.25-million cap hit.
He had 29 goals and 62 points in 82 games this past season, and has hit the 30-goal mark once, in 2013-14.
Colorado has been shopping Duchene for quite some time now, and GM Joe Sakic’s inability to get a deal done for the star forward has left Duchene’s agent Pat Brisson “seriously unhappy,” according two Staple.