By Christian Arnold (CA_NYHockey)
The Isles have assigned 19 players to their minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, ahead of Saturday’s CBA deadline that would see the NHL lockout for the third time in commissioner Gary Bettman’s Tenure.
Among the players starting their season in the AHL are defensemen Travis Hamonic and former first round draft pick Nino Niederreiter. Hamonic has not played in the minors since 2010, when he played 19 games for the Sound Tigers before being called up by the Islanders. Since then he has become one of the Islanders top defensemen.
Just a week ago Hamonic told the Sporting News that he was confident that a new CBA would be worked out and that he had not even thought about playing in the AHL.
“It’s a situation, we’ll cross the road when it comes,” he said. When we get there, but as of right now, my mindset is getting ready for the NHL season and getting ready for training camp. That’s where I’m at right now.”