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Josh Ho-Sang Requests Trade, Told Not to Report to Islanders

After placing the forward on waivers and Josh Ho-Sang clearing, the unhappy Ho-Sang has informed the organization he’d like to be traded.

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After placing the forward on waivers and Josh Ho-Sang clearing, the unhappy Ho-Sang has informed the organization he’d like to be traded.

According to GM Lou Lamoriello and via a story from The Athletic’s Arthur Staple, the Islanders are looking for a trade partner. Ho-Sang was told not to report for a few days and that the team will try to find him a new home.

This could be interesting considering there were 30 other teams that could have claimed Ho-Sang on waivers and chose not to. The good news here is that because Ho-Sang cleared, he can be assigned to the minors by whichever team acquires him, without the risk of losing him. It certainly doesn’t mean a trade is inevitable, but it increases the odds ever-so slightly.

Will Ho-Sang Land Elsewhere?

Now 23, Ho-Sang has struggled to find his footing in the NHL. The 28th overall pick in 2014, he has only 53 NHL games to his name and an even worse reputation for being entitled and difficult to work with.

It’s hard to imagine a lot of teams would want to take that kind of a headache on, despite the fact he’s posted some strong offensive numbers in the minors.

Elliotte Friedman connected Ho-Sang to the Edmonton Oilers in his 31 Thoughts article on Wednesday but it’s hard to imagine the Oilers are looking to add a winger like Ho-Sang. He’s not a veteran, he’s not likely to help the main club with their scoring issues and the team is looking to add leadership in the locker room, not drama.

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