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Josh Ho-Sang placed on waivers despite impressing Islanders brass during training camp

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Apparently a good showing at training camp wasn’t enough for Joshua Ho-Sang to crack the New York Islanders’ opening day roster.

The team announced Monday that they have placed the once highly-touted prospect on waivers. According to head coach Barry Trotz, it had nothing to do with effort level or quality of performance this time around.

“I think it was his best camp, the reason being he was consistent. His attention to detail was much better.” said Trotz.

“He’s made strides. Every time he gets an opportunity at camp or regular season, he’s closer and closer.”

The 23-year old Toronto native, who was selected 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, was initially expected to become an important part of the Islanders young core moving forward, but he hasn’t been able to take the next step in his career due to a combination of behavioural issues, consistency on the ice, and inability to develop a defensive element to his game.

It remains unclear whether any other teams will take a chance on the highly-skilled forward.

Ho-Sang has played in just 53 NHL games, posting seven goals, 17 assists and a minus-4 rating during that span.

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Josh Anderson returning to Blue Jackets lineup after six-game absence

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will be getting some reinforcements back for their Monday night road contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team announced that winger Josh Anderson will be returning to the lineup after being sidelined for the previous six games due to a undisclosed lower body injury.

The 25-year old Burlington, Ontario native hasn’t played since the team’s 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 5th.

Fresh off a promising 2018/19 campaign where he posted a career-high in goals (27), assists (20) and points (47), Anderson has registered four penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating through two games this season.

He is currently in the final season of a three-year, $5.55 million contract extension that pays him an annual average of $1.85 million.

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John Tortorella has procedure to remove skin cancer from forehead

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The Columbus Blue Jackets can breathe a sigh of relief, their head coach is going to be just fine.

The team announced that John Tortorella underwent a successful procedure earlier this week to remove a form of skin cancer known as basal cell from his forehead.

Apparently the condition was considered to not be serious, and he had been holding off from getting it removed for a bit. Per American Cancer Society, it is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States that affects millions on an annual basis. It usually grows on sun exposed areas of the head and neck.

He met with media in great spirits, sporting a surigical cut on his forehead prior to Wednesday’s game vs the Dallas Stars. They ended up winning the contest 3-2 to improve to 3-3-0 on the season.

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Lightning star Nikita Kucherov no longer concerned about individual accolades, focused on winning Stanley Cup

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Last postseason’s embarrassing sweep in the first round has changed Nikita Kucherov’s mentality in the best way possible.

Instead of looking back at his individual success, the Tampa Bay Lightning star admits he is playing this season with a different mental approach. The only thing that truly matters is winning the Stanley Cup.

“I don’t care about the personal stuff, I mean you do care because you want to play well. But at the end of the day, you want to remember the fun part and winning the Cup and having your name on it.” said Kucherov earlier this week.

The 26-year old, who won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP after recording 128 points in 2018/19, posted two goals and two assists in the team’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.

He has three goals, three assists and a plus-2 rating in four games so far this season.

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