The Islanders have sent F Josh Ho-Sang to Bridgeport of the AHL, the team announced Wednesday.
Ho-Sang, 21, had zero goals and four assists in six games this season.
"We've had great talks. It's never easy, whether it's a conversation about being scratched or something like this," head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "It was lengthy, good, healthy and from what I take from it, he couldn't be more excited to go down, prove to himself and the organization that this isn't going to go on anymore, that we do need him and he'll come back and help us here.
"I suspect the way he's taken this he'll be pushing to get back real quick. Nothing is negative about the relationship -- people will read into it but there's no failure in it."
He played in 21 games last season during his rookie campaign, tallying four goals and six assists.
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Anyone who has seen Ho-Sang play this season might not be too surprised at the news of his reassignment.
Things your eyes have told you, combined with the comments we have made on the Secondary Assist Podcast, tell you that he might not be NHL-ready just yet. However, based on comments from head coach Doug Weight as recently as Tuesday night's postgame press conference, it does raise some questions as to how this was decided so quickly -- like overnight.
Weight said he had plans to reinsert Ho-Sang as soon as Thursday in Minnesota, which leads me to believe that Wednesday morning, in meetings with his coaching staff, the decision was abruptly made to leave him behind mostly to attempt and cut down on turnovers, in addition to shift length and showing more in practice.
I'm not convinced the Islanders' best lineup is one that features Jason Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin both on the 20-man on a nightly basis, but they can't have Ho-Sang jeopardizing points with careless play and two-minute shifts. So, push comes to shove and down he goes.