Instead of being traded, Hamonic’s only become more crucial to Isles

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Even with his unusual trade request in mind, the New York Islanders weren’t shy about leaning on defenseman Travis Hamonic.

As New York Newsday details, their needs have only intensified with Johnny Boychuk‘s unsettling injury, and Hamonic seems fine with the situation.

Meaning: getting more minutes and not being traded anytime soon, or so it seems.

“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest with you,” Hamonic told Newsday about how Boychuk’s injury might affect the trade situation. “I know that’s going to be hard for people to believe, but it’s the truth. I’m an Islander and I’m proud to be an Islander. It’s a big loss to not have Johnny out there but it doesn’t change anything for me personally.”

Newsday pegs sometime after the season as a more realistic time for Hamonic to be traded, rather than the 2015-16 season’s trade deadline on Feb. 29.

You never know how things can shake out in nearly two months, but that certainly seems like a realistic viewpoint as of today.

For more, check out that Newsday story.