The early results of one of this summer's biggest trade deals are starting to be a serious cause for concern, at least for one side of the deal.
As most of our readers will already know, the Calgary Flames and general manager Brad Treliving executed a huge trade earlier in the year when they acquired veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders and they gave up a great deal to get him.
Going back to the New York Islanders was a 2018 first round pick from the Flames, a 2018 second round pick from the Flames, as well as either a 2019 or 2020 second round pick. It's a lot to give up for a player but, if you view yourself as a contending team acquiring a player who can be on your top pairing, you can see why the Flames put their chips on the table.
However at the time of the trade Hamonic was coming off a very rough season with the Islanders and while that wasn't necessarily a problem for the Flames, it has become one now that Hamonic's poor form has come with him to Calgary. From Tyler Dellow of The Athletic:
Calgary undoubtedly wants more from their second pairing – the whole point of getting a high end defenceman to pair with Brodie was to have two game altering pairs. They aren't getting that. It's early, yes, but the same thing that resulted in Hamonic having a terrible season seems to be happening again.
While it's far too early to suggest that the deal may go down as a bust for Calgary, when you consider that they gave up four high-end picks in the draft to get him, it's definitely a major cause for concern. There is of course still plenty of time for the experienced defenseman to turn things around on his new team, but if he doesn't there is going to be a ton of pressure on Flames management for this deal.
Do you think Hamonic is a good enough player to find his way through this rough patch? Or have the Flames grossly overpaid for a defenseman that will never live up to the expectations the team had for him when they made the deal?