The Vancouver Canucks pulled the trigger for the first time ahead of the 2022 NHL trade deadline by moving defenceman Travis Hamonic to the Ottawa Senators for a 3rd-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The Canucks now have a 1st-rounder and three 3rd-rounders among their eight draft choices this summer.
The 31-year-old right-shot D-man tallied seven points in 24 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season. He signed a two-year contract with Vancouver GM Jim Benning on July 28th, 2021 worth a cap hit of $3-million per season.
After he signed, personal issues arose related to his family’s health and to his decision to delay vaccination for the Covid virus, which first prevented him from playing at all and then from crossing the border to play games in the United States.
Hamonic played his first ten games at home beginning on November 2nd against the New York Rangers, which is the last time he spoke to any media. His first road game with the Canucks was February 17th against the San Jose Sharks. With other injury concerns, his absence left a void on the right side of the D-corps. Now he’s gone for good.
The deal comes on the same day the Vancouver Canucks are preparing for a ‘must win’ game Sunday night at home against the Buffalo Sabres.