Detroit Red Wings could grab a veteran defender in Travis Hamonic.
The Detroit Red Wings should go out and grab the 13-year veteran, Travis Hamonic, on a one-year deal. The 32-year-old defenseman is a right-handed shot that would bring a nice mix of veteran leadership and good depth to the bottom pairings.
Hamonic has played last season with the Ottawa Senators. The long-time defensive-minded defender has been able to excel in a bottom-pairing role. He may not be the top-tier defender, but the Red Wings do not need that; they need someone to contribute depth.
Hamonic played in 75 games with six goals and 15 assists for 21 total points. He averaged 18:34 in ice time this season and is someone the Red Wings could plug’n’play into their bottom pairing. He’s a right-handed shot that fills a need and has a 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame.
Given his past in the league, it just seems like Hamonic is someone the Red Wings should be in on. He’s also someone who could help on special teams, killing penalties and being someone who helped defend when the Red Wings are on the penalty kill.
Hamonic was on a two-year, $6 million contract the last two seasons and likely could be someone the team can target on a lower AAV contract to eat up minutes in the bottom six. It’s a move the Red Wings should consider this off-season.