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Five Questions: Hamonic on Islanders' resurgence

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Travis Hamonic could have chosen to go almost anywhere for a vacation during the upcoming 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend.

Bahamas, Bermuda, Miami? Nope. Hamonic is going home to Winnipeg, where the high temperature Wednesday is expected to be 16 degrees Fahrenheit, according to

He can't wait.

"That's what I know," Hamonic told "I've got a cabin about two hours away, so I'll get away and do some ice fishing."

Sun or snow, Hamonic has earned a mini-vacation like the rest of his teammates, except for John Tavares and Jaroslav Halak, who will represent the Islanders in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Islanders will enter 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend with 63 points, the most in the Metropolitan Division. They currently have the most points in the Eastern Conference, one more than the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Before heading west and into hiding for a few days on the ice on top of one of Manitoba's many lakes, Hamonic spoke about the Islanders success this season, including his thoughts on their attitude and mentality, in the following Q&A with

Here are Five Questions with … Travis Hamonic:


Canadiens' Price ready for All-Star Fantasy Draft

Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREALCarey Price will be ready this time.

When the Montreal Canadiens goaltender participated in the NHL's All-Star festivities in Ottawa in 2012, Price's initial introduction to the people watching the fantasy draft was a shot of him taking a big gulp of his drink as Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs called his name to join the team of captain Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.

Price, looking like a kid who was caught sneaking some cookies before supper, put his drink down and scurried out of the room onto the stage, where he bowed before Lupul, posed for a photo and made his way into the seats, snubbing a handshake opportunity with his new captain and usual NHL rival Chara.

In the short history of All-Star fantasy drafts, it was one of the more memorable entrances on stage.


Lightning's Carle to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 6:45 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle will have surgery to repair torn adductor muscles in his lower abdomen, the Lightning announced Monday.

The procedure will be performed in Philadelphia on Tuesday by Dr. William Meyers. Carle is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.


Carcillo suspended six games for cross-checking

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 4:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORKChicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for six games, without pay, for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault during NHL Game No. 658 in Chicago on Friday, January 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:50 of the second period. Carcillo was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

Carcillo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $40,243.92. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


Fantasy All-Access: Second-half stars to watch

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

Every Monday, contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

The NHL's best will assemble in Columbus this week for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), but some past all-stars will not be there and those players could give you fantasy value down the stretch.

Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars is a two-time all-star (2008, 2012 for the Ottawa Senators) and his career points per game go from 0.97 before the All-Star Game to 1.09 points per game after the game.

The recent hot play of the Colorado Avalanche's Jarome Iginla should continue as he has 416 points in 440 games (0.95 points per game) after the All-Star Game.


Canadiens' Price could return Tuesday vs. Predators

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took part in practice Monday and said if he wakes up Tuesday morning feeling good he should be able to face the Nashville Predators that evening.

"We'll see in the morning," Price repeated at least four times when asked whether he will face the Predators.

Price missed the Canadiens' 6-4 win Saturday against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury he sustained in a collision with Chris Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 14. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty pushed Calvert from behind as he was breaking in on goal, and Price's back was driven into the goalpost in the ensuing collision.

"I had a lingering problem before that and this kind of compounded the issue," Price said. "We thought it best to just take a couple of days and get it better."


Byfuglien, Tatar and Okposo named stars of the week

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKWinnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 18.


Byfuglien paced all defensemen with three goals and shared third among all skaters with six points (3-3-6) in four games to power the Jets (25-14-8, 58 points) to four straight wins. He opened the week with 2-1-3, including the game-winning goal, in an 8-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 13. It marked Byfuglien's first multi-goal and three-point performances since March 16, 2014 (2-1-3 vs. DAL). After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 triumph over the Dallas Stars Jan. 15, Byfuglien collected two assists – his sixth multi-point game of the season – in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 16. He closed the week with his 12th goal of the season, tied for first among defensemen, in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 18. The 29-year-old Roseau, Minn., native ranks seventh among blueliners with 12-19-31 in 47 appearances this season, including 4-7-11 in his past nine outings.


Sabres reassign forwards Ellis, Varone to AHL

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 11:56 AM / News

Forwards Matt Ellis and Philip Varone were reassigned Monday by the Buffalo Sabres to Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Ellis, 33 is scoreless in four NHL games this season. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 36 games with the Americans.

Varone, 24, has two goals in seven NHL games this season. He is tied for the Rochester scoring lead with 29 points (eight goals) in 36 games.


Predators reassign forward Stalberg to AHL

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 11:52 AM / News

Forward Viktor Stalberg was reassigned by the Nashville Predators on Monday to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Stalberg, 29, has three assists in 10 games this season.

Stalberg has 60 goals and 125 points in 323 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Predators.


NHL announces attractions planned 2015 NHL Fan Fair, during 2015 NHL All-Star weekend, Jan. 23-25

Tickets available at Nationwide Arena and online at

Monday, 01.19.2015 / 9:34 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 NHL Fan Fair™, the three-day, official fan festival of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, will occupy more than 200,000 square feet of the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), Exhibit Halls C & D, on Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25. The family-friendly festival features something for everyone including special appearances from current NHL stars, former NHL greats and NHL team mascots. Fans will experience a display of 20 of hockey's most prestigious trophies including the iconic Stanley Cup®; NHL All-Star exhibitions; live TV and radio broadcasts; music, food, merchandise, hockey trading cards, and memorabilia locations; interactive hockey-themed games and attractions; and much more.

Tickets to 2015 NHL Fan Fair can be purchased online at,, and, and at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for children between the ages of 3 and 12, seniors 65 and older, and college students and military personnel with valid ID; and $12 for adults (aged 12 and up). Tickets purchased on each event day will be $12 and $16, respectively. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. All attractions are included with the price of admission. For more information, visit Join the conversation using the official hashtag, #NHLFanFair.

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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5