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Josh Ho-Sang officially demands a trade from Islanders

No takers on waivers, but will anyone else swap a contract for the former first round pick?

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For the fourth season in a row Josh Ho-Sang has failed to make the New York Islanders’ opening night roster, despite being given an opportunity to show off his skill in training camp and the preseason. We’ve all seen this movie by now, right?

You may recall that Ho-Sang slept in and was late for practice back in 2017. As a result he was shipped down to the AHL before seeing any preseason action. Last year Ho-Sang was in the mix to make the full-time squad but was ultimately cut by head coach Barry Trotz.

“I do have things I need to work on down here, my game is far from perfect. It can constantly improve. But I do think a lot of the stuff was unwarranted, especially in terms of the rope that other people were given,” Ho-Sang said at the time. “I understand I have a history and that might be a factor. I don’t know. But it’s frustrating to me.”

This time Ho-Sang made it to the final round of cuts, but was ultimately sent down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers passing through waivers along the way. The fact that not a single team put in a waiver claim on the talented former first round pick speaks volumes. So… what’s next? Play in the AHL while Isles GM Lou Lamoriello seeks a better solution? 

Not quite, Ho-Sang has yet to report to the Tigers and head coach Brent Thompson isn’t exactly sure when, if ever, Ho-Sang will report to his team.

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Arthur Staple of The Athletic then had Lamoriello confirm that Ho-Sang has officially requested a trade and that his agent is working the phones to find a fit. In the meantime, Ho-Sang has been told not to report to the Tigers.

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Any takers? This kid seems like a total head case…