There’s 20 points in the past 16 games, sure, but there’s also the game away from the puck, the effort in the defensive zone. Does he still fly the zone a little too much, or too early, sometimes? Maybe. Still developing? Definitely. But things have turned around for Josh Ho-Sang over the past month and a half, and this morning, the Islanders called him up. He’s on the trip to Dallas and beyond instead of Toronto, Rochester and Utica.
Initial word was everybody else is on the bus.
(Emergency conditions on Ho-Sang’s recall, for the bookkeeping. They can convert that to a regular recall, though after 3 p.m. tomorrow those become limited.)
Edit, 1:15: The Islanders just announced they’ve sent Ho-Sang back to Bridgeport. It’s… odd. Could just be paper, though that’d be early to do so (and they’ve sometimes been slow to acknowledge such paper transactions in the past). Arthur Staple suggests a trade is possible, though again they could’ve sent him back once that happened. (David Pagnotta reports that he expects a Jaro Halak trade.)
Under 26 hours to the deadline. We’ll see what happens.
By the way, trying to confirm, but Scott Mayfield’s absence from the long list of guys on waivers, I’m pretty sure, means he’s up for good.
—Edit, 2:30: The Rangers announced they’ve traded Hartford captain Mat Bodie to Buffalo for Daniel Catenacci, who had 13 points in 50 games and was minus-20 for Rochester.
—Edit, 5:25: Arthur earlier said he doesn’t expect a Halak trade. Meanwhile, ECHL transactions say Kyle Schempp is on his way back up to the Sound Tigers. He’d restore some forward depth.