Hamonic Nearing a Return for Islanders

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders skates against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on December 4, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Travis Hamonic took another step forward in his recovery on Wednesday and might be able to return to the lineup on Friday when the Islanders take on the Ottawa Senators. New York’s defenseman skated with the team during their first practice at Northwell Health Ice Center located in East Meadow

“It was a good skate by Travis,” Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano said. “Today (we) went through a good practice, we had a rigorous day. He seemed to do fairly well. If he feels that he can go, there is no reason why I am not going to put him in the lineup.”

Hamonic was originally injured on Jan 7th against the Washington Capitals in the second period but did return in that game. He has since missed the previous four games including an emotional win over their cross-town rival the New York Rangers.

“It sucks,” Hamonic said about not being able to play. “You never not want to be in the lineup. Its certainly hard watching the guys go out there.”

The right-handed defenseman has proved in the past he can play through an injury but pain tolerance is not the only factor for him to return to the lineup.

“You have to be smart about your situation,” Hamonic explained. “That’s why there is a whole group of people involved in the decision making. We have a great medical staff and we have great trainers. Communication is key and I certainly trust them.”

It was not all good news for the Islanders defensive unit as Newday’s Arthur Staple reported that Adam Pelech will most likely miss the rest of the season.

“He certainly came in and played some tough minutes,” Hamonic said of Adam Pelch. “He does a lot of those little things that the average fan is going to notice. He does so many of those little things that really kind of pushes the play and makes everyone around him better. Its encouraging for the organization to see that growth.”

Johnny Boychuk did not participate in today’s practice and is out through the All-Star break.

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