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Islanders' Travis Hamonic rescinds trade request

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano confirmed a report on Tuesday that defenseman Travis Hamonic has rescinded his trade request.

Prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, Hamonic, 25, wanted to be closer to his Winnipeg home because a close family member had some serious health issues, so he asked general manager Garth Snow to be traded.

The trade never happened and Hamonic helped the Islanders reach the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.According to Newsday, which first reported the story, Hamonic said that things at home have stabilized, leading to his change of heart.

After the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Islanders in Game 5 on Sunday, Hamonic was emotional and said it was something he didn't want to discuss at the moment.

"I love being an Islander, more than anything. It's one of the best things I do in my life," he said. "It was a pretty cool feeling in Game 6 [winning the first-round series against the Florida Panthers] and I'm glad we had a chance to do that in front of our fans. They've supported us throughout the whole season. Sorry, it just sucks. I didn't think, I'm really confident in our group. This is pretty frustrating.

"It's a bad feeling. You battle all year; you want a chance to win the Cup. You get to this moment and you don't want to go out in the second round, so about as good of an answer I can give you."

Snow had quietly been looking for a trade this season but couldn't come up with something suitable, Newsday reported.

Hamonic has four years left on his contract and will earn an average annual salary of $3.86 million.


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