Josh Ho-Sang Reportedly Requests Trade From Islanders

Alec Gearty
October 03, 2019 - 4:51 pm
Dec 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang looks to pass during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

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Josh Ho-Sang's time with the New York Islanders is reportedly coming to an end. 

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Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello revealed Ho-Sang's agent has requested a trade on behalf of his client, according to Newsday's Andrew Gross. Ho-Sang failed to make the Islanders' opening night roster and was slated to report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers — the Islanders' AHL club.

Ho-Sang has yet to find a permanent role with the Islanders after the being selected 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. He's consistently been among the team's final cuts during training camp, which likely explains his hope for a fresh start after spending the past three seasons in the AHL. 

The Toronto native didn't attract the attention of any of the 30 NHL teams when he was placed on waivers Sept. 30. Lamoriello allegedly told Ho-Sang not to report to the team's AHL affiliate until all of his options are explored.

When the Sound Tigers held their practice on Thursday, Ho-Sang was not in attendance. Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson, "As far as I know right now, it’s a couple of days just to collect himself and go from there," according to Brian Heyman. The door is still open for Ho-Sang to indeed report to Bridgeport, where he was fifth on the team last season in points. 

Ho-Sang appeared in 10 games for the Islanders last season, recording two points (1G, 1A) while he tallied 43 points in 56 games with Bridgeport. Since he signed his entry-level deal, Ho-Sang played in 53 games over three seasons.

He signed a one-year deal with the Islanders in August and is set to become a restricted free agent following the 2019-20 season. 

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