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Report: Josh Ho-Sang Signs Deal with KHL Team

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Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is heading the KHL, according to David Pagnotta.

It’s unclear which KHL club Ho-Sang has signed with, but Pagnotta reports that it is a one-year contract. He is expected to join the KHL club after the Islanders season ends.

Ho-Sang will be a restricted free agent in October.

The Islanders loaned him to the San Antonio Rampage, the St. Louis Blues AHL affiliate, in February. The move likely signaled the end to Ho-Sang’s time with the Islanders organization.

He appeared in 53 NHL games since the Islanders drafted him 28th overall in 2014. The forward has had a series of off-ice issues since joining the organization.

He infamously showed up late to training camp his first year and was sent back to his junior hockey team. Ho-Sang has been known to be outspoken and has publically criticized the way the team has handled his development at times.

Earlier this year, Ho-Sang requested a trade from the Islanders. After being told not to report to Bridgeport while the team tried to accommodate the request, he was back with the Islanders AHL farm team in December.

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Kieffer Bellows Violated AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program

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Kieffer Bellows violated the AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program, the AHL announced Friday afternoon.

The announcement did not say when the violation occurred or what substances were used by Bellows that triggered the violation. Bellows had already been disciplined for the issue and there are no further limitations or restrictions that would keep him from playing, the AHL press release stated.

It’s unclear if this had any role in the New York Islanders decision to keep him off their return to play roster in July.

“In response to the American Hockey League announcement regarding Kieffer Bellows, we will let their statement speak for itself and have no further comment,” Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement.

A Bridgeport Sound Tigers spokesperson said that they did not have any additional comments.

Kieffer Bellows appeared in eight games with the Islanders this season and scored two goals and recorded an assist in that span. In 52 AHL games with Bridgeport, Bellows recorded 22 goals and nine assists for 31 points.

Bellows was part of the Islanders summer training camp in July, but was left off the final roster that went to Toronto to compete for the Stanley Cup.

The 22-year-old was drafted by the Islanders 19th overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Sebastian Aho Inks Two-Year Contract Extension with Islanders

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The New York Islanders have signed Sebastian Aho to a two-year contract extension.

The new deal will keep the pending restricted free agent in orange and blue through the 2022-23 season. Aho was on the final year of his three-year, entry-level contract that he signed in 2017.

The Athletic’s Arthur Staple was first to report the Aho contract. The second year of the deal is one-way, according to Staple.

Aho has not played in the NHL since a 22 game stint during the 2017-18 season. He recorded a goal and three assists during his time with the Islanders that season.

He was part of the Islanders taxi squad during the playoffs this season and has played well in AHL Bridgeport.

Sebastian Aho led all Bridgeport Sound Tigers defensemen in points with 30 points (three goals, 27 assists) in 49 games this season. It was the third consecutive season he has led Bridgeport defenders in points.

In 156 games with the Sound Tigers, Sebastian Aho has 105 points (21 goals, 84 assists) and has been named to the AHL All-Star Classic three seasons in a row.

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Wahlstrom, Bellows, Holmstrom Take Big Strides in Development | NYHN+

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Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows and Simon Holmstrom

When it comes to the New York Islanders future, Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows and Simon Holmstrom are three pieces that could have a big impact on the team going forward.

All three spent a majority of the 2019-20 season in AHL Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers. Wahlstrom and Bellows both made appearances in the NHL with the Islanders, and Bellows scored his first two career goals in the NHL during an eight-game stint.

And the three each made notable strides during the abbreviated American Hockey League season, according to Bridgeport head coach Brent Thompson.

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