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New York Islanders: Just Send Ho-Sang Through Waivers

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders face a difficult decision about talented but enigmatic forward Josh Ho-Sang – roster him or risk losing him to a waiver claim.

Send him to waivers. Just do it. The New York Islanders faithful have been hearing about Josh Ho-Sang for years and something needs to give. Heck, I’d bet JHS would agree. The best thing for him may be to get cut as well.

So what happens if the Isles do waive him? He goes to waivers and either 1. is claimed by another team or 2. is sent to the Sound Tigers roster for yet another year of seasoning and maturing.

At this point I’m ready to cut bait. The Isles management clearly has either not tried to trade him or has not received any credible offers for him, but yet are also just as frustrated as anyone. So why keep belaboring the point?

Just cut him. Don’t try for an eleventh-hour trade for a sixth-round pick.

Free Ho-Sang, indeed.

Free him from the years-long consistent feedback to work on defensive responsibility and maturity. Free him from the opportunity to play for a world-class Stanley-Cup-winning coach.

Would anyone claim him? Most likely. And if so, good for him. He’s a talented player and would get his fresh start in a new organization that sees something in him.

And if nobody does, is there any better moment of clarity for JHS than to know that it’s not just your team that thinks you’re not ready but the entire league? If that doesn’t set a player on a mission to listen to feedback, improve on it and put the team first then I’m not sure what would.

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I’ve said for years that Josh Ho-Sang is a very talented player with incredible vision. He is my kind of player in that regard (also why I value Josh Bailey so much) and I really want him to get right, but the impact so far doesn’t match the distraction. Time to move on, for everyone, including JHS.

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