October – Ho-Sang “Asks” for a Trade
Record: 8-3-0 0.722 Pts%
It was an almost predictable evolution of the relationship between the Islanders and their former first-round pick from 2014. The on and off relationship between the two had been building up towards a dramatic end for some time.
Josh Ho-Sang confounded fans and management alike for years. He had all the talent in the world. On his day he could very well be the most talented player on any ice in the league. But that elite skill level got the better of him throughout his career.
Time after time Ho-Sang got in his own way, like when he slept in for the first day of camp in 2015 or like in 2018 when he told the New York Post that he wasn’t getting a fair shot at the lineup.
He was probably right in stating that he deserved a spot on the NHL roster in 2018 but coming out and stating that wasn’t going to sit well with the new management group headed by Lou Lamoriello.
He’d get ten games in 2018-19 producing two points before going back to the AHL for the remainder of the year.
After signing his single-year $700,000 qualifying offer, Ho-Sang thought he’d get a chance at the NHL in 2019-20. But he didn’t make the final cut and was sent back to the AHL to play for a fourth consecutive year.
Going to the AHL wasn’t something Ho-Sang wanted so we were told he asked for a trade. While Lou tried to find a suitor, Ho-Sang was asked not to report to Bridgeport.
Turns out, that Ho-Sang asked for a trade last year (subscription required) but because Lou knew Ho-Sang didn’t want to go back to Bridgeport this year he tried to find him a new home.
I certainly thought Ho-Sang could be that missing RW player the Islanders needed to complete their top-six. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the case.
Either way, you know the result. Ho-Sang was never traded and is now with the San Antonio Rampage (the St Louis Blues AHL affiliate). October was off to a dramatic start.
Thankfully, the Islanders were playing well again. They’d end the month on a seven-game win streak.
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