Hamonic’s decision to opt out comes on the heels of the NHL and NHLPA ratifying a new CBA and return-to-play plan that paved the way for the league’s summer restart.
“While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision. Our focus remains on preparation for training camp and our upcoming series in the NHL Qualifying Round.”
In 50 games with Calgary this year, the 29-year-old scored three goals and added nine assists. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Flames will face the Winnipeg Jets in a best-of-five play-in series starting Aug. 1 in Edmonton.
Hamonic won’t be missed. As a wise man once said: “Who will opt out? The middle players. The guys established in the NHL, but only making average cash. The “Plexit“© will come from “Plexiteers“© who have very young kids at home, or ‘my father in law had a stroke two years back’ crowd. You know, the moaning, whining maggots. Guys who deserve nothing more than a swift kick in the nuts.”