Islanders effectively end their relationship with Josh Ho-Sang

Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders have effectively ended their relationship with Josh Ho-Sang by re-assigning him to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

It’s been a long-time coming, but the New York Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang are no longer a thing it seems. The Islanders re-assigned Josh Ho-Sang to the San Antonio Rampage, the AHL affiliate of the St Louis Blues.

Ho-Sang is still part of the Islanders organization. They’ve just made sure he’s nowhere around the Isles or the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. If you were holding on to any hope that Ho-Sang could be back with the Islanders your hopes must now officially be buried.

Now we wait for the Islanders to actually move Ho-Sang.

Trade Request Drama

The relationship between Josh Ho-Sang and the New York Islanders has always been a difficult one. It goes all the way to the 2014 draft when the Isles moved the 35th and 57th pick in the draft in order to take him 28th overall.

Ho-Sang was undoubtedly a great player going into the draft but his attitude was an issue and teams didn’t want to take a first-round pick to get him. Garth Snow, however, gambled on Ho-Sang.

From there you already know the torrid history between the Isles and Ho-Sang. From showing up late to training camp, to quotes in the media, to being a healthy scratch. Things have been rocky between the Isles and Ho-Sang since day one.

It all came to a boil when Josh Ho-Sang’s camp had apparently requested a trade after he didn’t make the team out of camp for the 2019-20 season. Ho-Sang was asked not to report to Bridgeport as the Islanders sought to respect his request for a trade. Nothing materialized for months and Ho-Sang eventually came back to Bridgeport in December.

Although, according to Ho-Sang in speaking with The Athletic’s Arthur Staple (subscription required), Ho-Sang asked for a trade last year around the trade deadline. He didn’t, according to him, ask for a trade this year, but Lou sought to trade Ho-Sang and asked him to stay home because he knew Ho-Sang didn’t want to play in Bridgeport.

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Who knows if that’s what got Ho-Sang in trouble yet again with the Islanders, but its clear that the Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang are done now. By going to San Antonio, Lou has respected Ho-Sang’s request not to play in Bridgeport but has also effectively ended his run with the Islanders.

Now we wait for the next move between the Isles and Ho-Sang.