As rumors fly around the NHL with trade scenarios stuck to certain players, I am going to give out a scenario that could be plausible for both sides. The offense oriented Buffalo Sabres are in need of another proven defender to solidify a young core, while the New York Islanders hope to strengthen their offense with more role players as well as free up some cap spae.
Perhaps a trade between the Sabres and Islanders could happen involving winger Tyler Ennis of Buffalo, and defenseman Travis Hamonic of the Islanders.
Why would both sides do it?- The Sabres are loaded on offense. With Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Evander Kane, Ryan O'Reilly, Zemgus Girgensons, and Matt Moulson as one of the most talented, young top sixes in the NHL, the Sabres could make Tyler Ennis expendable. Ennis has 10 points this season and is dealing with a upper body injury that has him at week to week status.
He was struggling to find his rhythm before he was injured. He consistently tries to make magic out of nothing instead of making the simple, effective offensive play. Kind of like a #61 all over again. (Maxy)
Ennis has the explosive abilities however that New York lacks. Fan saw against the Canucks the ability Ennis has with the puck in his hand. He single handedly split through three defenders to set up the game winning goal.
It is his play without the puck that tends to cause Ennis problems.
The Islanders have been rumored to be shopping defenseman Travis Hamonic. The 6'2, 209 pound defenseman is off to a steady year tallying 1 goal and 6 assists with a +7. He is a physical player that can add to the offensive side from the blue line.
Last season Hamonic had 28 assists showing off his play making ability.
The Sabres do need a left handed defenseman which Hamonic is not, however replacing a Carlo Colaiacavo or Josh Gorges with Hamonic would be a big upgrade.
Hamonic is set to make 4,875,000 a year for the next 4 years after signing a 27 million dollar contract a few years back. Buffalo has cap space to take on this contract however and they wouldn't be taking on too much more than they have right now as Tyler Ennis is making $5,300,000 this season with a 2 million dollar signing bonus.
The following season Ennis will make only 2,750,000 but has another 2 million dollar bonus due. Tim Murray would only be taking on a couple million more in cap space to upgrade the defense, and potentially make a serious playoff push.
The Sabres have 6 million dollars more in cap space than the Islanders.
New York would benefit from the offensive spark as well as clearing some space to attempt to re-sign Kyle Okoposo and/or Frans Nielsen.