Islanders: Four players that could be on the trade block

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Josh Ho-Sang | Forward

Cap hit: $0.874 million (expires this year)
Production (2019-20): 22GP 4G 13Pts

Why Ho-Sang is on the trade block:

Josh Ho-Sang isn’t on this list for cap relief. Not only was he in the AHL the entire season (sorta) but his cap hit, if on an NHL roster, only counts for $874,125. Again, he isn’t on this list for cap relief.

He’s on the list because he’s just not part of the Islanders plan going forward. He and the organization might be on the same page on one thing only, and it’s that his NHL career will have to take place somewhere else.

After spending most of the season on the sidelines while the Islanders tried to find a new home for him via trade, Ho-Sang eventually rejoined the Sound Tigers before being loaned out to the St Louis Blues AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

While Ho-Sang is still on the organization books, the relationship between the two is at a point where it isn’t likely to be fixed. A new home is the best course of action.

Of course, perhaps a stint in San Antonio is what Ho-Sang and the organization needed to snap out of it and try to make something work. It seems that Edmonton Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi has had a change of heart about leaving the Oilers after playing in Finland all season. Maybe the same happens for Ho-Sang?

It’s possible, but it seems unlikely.

What can Isles expect in return:

At least a B-level prospect or a mid-round pick?

Ho-Sand may have barely played in the NHL but he’s still a highly skilled individual. I still maintain that a swap of Jesse Puljujarvi for Ho-Sang makes sense. But with the season Puljujarvi had in Finland the Isles would have to sweeten the deal to make it work now.