In a move that is sure to incite the fanbase—and not in a good way—the New York Islanders sent Josh Ho-Sang to Bridgeport on Wednesday.
You read that right, New York Islanders fans. Josh Ho-Sang, the team’s über-talented 21-year-old winger, will be taking the ice for the team’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the next time he laces up his skates.
#Isles Transaction: Josh Ho-Sang has been reassigned to Bridgeport.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 25, 2017
Ho-Sang began the season hot, picking up four assists in his first four games. But he hadn’t seen game action since the second period of the team’s 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Oct. 19, so perhaps this move is for the best.
After all, watching the game from the stands doesn’t help Ho-Sang continue to develop or work on whatever it is that head coach Doug Weight believes he needs to improve upon. Clearly, the winger hadn’t shown enough in practice to convince Weight he deserved another chance in the lineup.
While this figures to be temporary—injuries and/or ineffectiveness figure to bring Ho-Sang back to Barclays at some point—it’s hard for Islanders fans not to be a little concerned about the situation.
For they’ve seen this before. It wasn’t that long ago that the team completely botched its handling of Nino Niederreiter, who was ultimately traded to Minnesota and has put together three consecutive 20-goal seasons, including a career-high 27 last season.
Let’s hope this situation doesn’t deteriorate like that one did.