Friedman: Trade interest in Ho-Sang price-dependent

If the New York Islanders wanted to part ways with Josh Ho-Sang, it sounds like there would be interest around the NHL.

Elliotte Friedman was asked about the 22-year-old forward during a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650.

“Josh Ho-Sang: He’s been called overconfident. He’s still feeling his way. If the Islanders are shopping him, and it’s reasonable to think they are, what percentage of teams in the league would say, ‘Yeah, I’m interested,’ and what percentage would say, ‘No thanks.’

“I think it depends on the price,” indicated Friedman, who interjected while the question was being asked that he would believe Ho-Sang is available. “I really do. What are we talking about here.

“I think there’s a lot of teams in the NHL that would be happy to trade for a guy who is talented and would be kind of a devalued asset on his second team, as long as the price wasn’t too high.

“I mean, how many guys - you’ve got the patron saint of finding it with his second team, that’s Taylor Hall, and then there’s other guys who haven’t. But you’re really happy to take a chance, aren’t you.

“... I think there would be a lot of teams interested in Ho-Sang. I’m sure there would be some who would look at it and say no, but I think there would be a lot teams interested in Ho-Sang - but it all depends on the price.”

Ho-Sang, who was a late first-round pick of the Islanders in 2014, has split time between the NHL club and the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers in his past two seasons.

2018-19 has seen Ho-Sang entirely in the AHL.  

Ho-Sang is in the final season of his entry-level contract.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly