Islanders’ Josh Ho-Sang reports to AHL Bridgeport after trade request


New York Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Josh Ho-Sang is reporting to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers Tuesday after sitting out the entire season due to a trade request.

Ho-Sang announced his return on Instagram Monday night, writing “Time to play hockey.”

Ho-Sang, 23, made the trade request after not cracking the New York Islanders out of training camp. The Islanders put him on waivers in early October but, after clearing, he didn’t report to Bridgeport.

According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, it was general manager Lou Lamoriello’s idea that Ho-Sang sit out after making his trade request, and the player wasn’t suspended by the team.

But now that a deal hasn’t materialized, Ho-Sang will return to Bridgeport in an attempt to get his career back on track.

The Islanders took Ho-Sang in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, but he has yet to find his footing in the NHL, despite appearing in 53 games over the past three seasons. A skilled forward, he had 43 points in 56 AHL games last season, but only two points in 10 NHL games.

The Toronto native signed a one-year contract for $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 and the AHL level in August. He will become a restricted free agent this summer.

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