Travis Hamonic withdraws trade request from New York Islanders

Travis Hamonic no longer wants to be traded closer to home.

The St. Malo, Manitoba product has rescinded his previous trade request.

Hamonic, 25, asked the New York Islanders to be traded closer to Winnipeg back in September. He’s since informed general manager Garth Snow he wants to remain with the Islanders.

“I love being an Islander,” Hamonic told reporters in New York on Tuesday.

“It’s my home here. My family loves it.”

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It’s bad news for fans of the Winnipeg Jets who had hoped Hamonic would be available through a trade. He carries a salary cap friendly contract with four more seasons remaining at a cap hit of $3.8 million per season.

“The whole reason why this was brought up and came about was some serious health concerns from an extremely close family member of mine back home,” Hamonic said. “In the last little while we’ve learned that the situation has stabilized itself and first and foremost just relief for that.”

Hamonic had five goals and 16 assists in 72 games with the Islanders last season.