The Winnipeg Jets reported interest in New York Islanders defenseman, Travis Hamonic continues to be top quality fodder for media types. The rumor mill took another twirl today when hockey nice guy Elliotte Friedman shared the following thoughts on the radio (NBC Sports).
"I think the Islanders were offered Byfuglien and they said no," Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said this morning on Sportsnet 960 (audio), per Today’s Slapshot. "And I understand why, because Byfuglien’s got no term left.
It shouldn't surprise many that the Islanders would turn down this deal. Hamonic is a long term asset, Byfuglien is not. What does surprise some is that Dustin Byfuglien's name was mentioned in the trade. Should this really be a surprise though?
Kevin Chelveldayoff went on record prior to the season saying that he hadn't talked to Byfuglien's camp since the draft. More recently, Byfuglien's camp suggested that the two groups had yet to start negotiations. It sure seems like Dustin Byfuglien is on this last leg as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.
The big question then becomes, will he be traded? If so, when and for what?