New York Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang is awaiting a new start ever since he requested a trade earlier this season. He is currently training in Toronto in the meantime. Jesse Puljujarvi is doing the same thing, only playing in Europe while he waits to be moved by the Edmonton Oilers.
So, why not swap both players? This is a question that Steven Ellis of The Hockey News asked on Thursday and you can tell why it makes sense. Earlier this week, NHL insider Darren Dreger of TSN reported that Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is working hard at trading the young forward, which could happen sooner rather than later. Some teams have shown some interest for the young forward, however, the trade chatter remains just that…
Here is what Ellis had to say about the possibility of just swapping the players in a trade that would make sense on both ends.
“Ho-Sang for the rights to Jesse Puljujarvi. Make it happen. Ho-Sang could strengthen Edmonton’s right side, and the wings could use some extra loving despite the Oilers’ strong start to 2019-20. It’s extremely unlikely Puljujarvi will ever play a game again in Edmonton and after showing newfound confidence with Karpat in the Finnish League, Puljujarvi could be of value to the Islanders, even if he doesn’t return to the NHL until next season. The kicker? Ho-Sang was Connor McDavid’s finisher with the Toronto Marlboros minor midget club, and the pair was one of the most lethal scoring duos in GTHL history. (Ho-Sang actually out-scored McDavid in league play.) That was nearly a decade ago, but could a reunion spark Ho-Sang? A one-for-one for two talented prospects looking for a new home makes sense.”
Both players would benefit from the change of scenery they desperately seek and would be able to get a fresh start. The season is well under way and some teams might pass up on the opportunity of landing either Ho-Sang or Puljujarvi… The latter is trying to impress but remains miles away while the other hasn’t played a meaningful game since April.
This could be the time to make this one happen. What do you say?