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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow wants to hold on to a pair of draft picks acquired from the Calgary Flames last summer.

As part of the return for defenseman Travis Hamonic, the Islanders received both a first- and second-round pick for 2018. Those selections would be highly coveted on the trade market around the deadline, but Snow has no desire to sacrifice those assets despite sitting outside the playoff picture.

“So, are we going to, at this point in time, be giving first-round picks and high picks for rental players? I don’t think we’re in that position,” Snow said, per Newsday’s Steven Marcus. “Just doesn’t make sense.”

Snow also reiterated he won’t be trading John Tavares amid uncertainty about the captain’s long-term future with the team.

He added injuries have been a big factor as to why the Islanders are a playoff bubble team, and the belief seems to be the group as constituted can get the job done down the stretch.

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With his franchise player set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn’t appear to be entertaining the thought of making a preemptive move.

“I’m not trading John Tavares,” Snow said Thursday to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

The Islanders are in a precarious position, sitting a single point out of a playoff spot but with three teams to leap in order to secure one.

Their chances would be greatly diminished if Snow concluded they can’t risk allowing Tavares to leave as a free agent without gaining assets in return, but he’s prepared to wait it out in the hopes that the captain will re-sign prior to July 1, or even after weighing his options on the open market.

The Islanders are set to build a new arena in Belmont and will split games between Barclays Center and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the meantime, with Tavares remaining in their plans as the main attraction.

The New York Islanders are returning to familiar territory.

On Monday, the club announced it will play 12 home games at Nassau Coliseum next season, with the remainder to be played at Barclays Center, its current home in Brooklyn.

The 2019-20 season will then see the Islanders split their home schedule between the two arenas.

The Islanders previously played out of Nassau Coliseum between their formation in 1972 and their move to Brooklyn in 2015.

However, a host of issues at Barclays Center, including poor ice conditions and a section of seating that offered obstructed views – in addition to a hard-to-reach arena for fans coming from Nassau County – left the team searching for a new home.

In December, the team’s bid was selected to build an arena in Belmont Park, about eight miles west of Nassau Coliseum. The hope is that it will be ready in time for the 2021-22 season.

Nassau Coliseum has undergone extensive renovations since the Islanders left, which reduced seating capacity to 13,000, but the old barn appears to be a temporary solution as the team awaits its new home.

The New York Islanders are apparently nearing an agreement to play some regular-season games in their old barn while the new one is being built.

Two sources familiar with the situation told Newsday’s Jim Baumbach that the Islanders are closing in on a deal to play a mix of games at Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center in the years leading up to the opening of the new facility at Belmont Park.

It’s not yet clear how the games would be split, but the earliest the Belmont Park arena would be ready is the 2021-22 season, which means the club would need to figure out a temporary solution for three full seasons after this one.

The Islanders are negotiating with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns both their current and former homes, and have a deadline of Jan. 30 to opt out of their deal at Barclays Center.

They won the bid to redevelop Belmont Park in December. Earlier this month, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he was open to the possibility of the Islanders playing some games at the Coliseum in the years before their new arena is ready.

Nassau Coliseum recently underwent a $165-million renovation.

The Islanders left it for Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015-16, but have had a host of issues in the new building since, from complaints about sight lines and the iceconditions to the piping system reportedly not meeting NHL standards.

With the New York Islanders bitten by the injury bug, a promising young forward remains in the minors with something left to prove in the eyes of the organization.

That would be Joshua Ho-Sang, who sits in Bridgeport despite some holes in the NHL lineup, the biggest of which was created by an injury to Josh Bailey.

But Ho-Sang was recently a healthy scratch in the AHL, and Islanders’ head coach Doug Weight believes it would be sending the wrong message to immediately promote the highly-skilled forward to the team’s top line.

“It’s a crying shame (Ho-Sang’s) not playing with John Tavares when Bails goes down,” Weight said, per Arthur Staple of Newsday. “We had six guys out. It was a perfect opportunity. And Josh should be upset with himself.

“Whether our view of the world is wrong is something we can argue later. But the fact is, we need to be able to look at how some guys are laying it on the line (in Bridgeport) and he’s a healthy scratch. So, to go from that to the first lineup here, where is he learning from that? That’s a big, big part of this.”

Ho-Sang has appeared in 19 games for Bridgeport this season, scoring four goals and nine assists. In four games since being benched, he’s recorded one assist.

Josh Ho-Sang‘s AHL head coach didn’t mince words about the New York Islanders prospect’s maturity level, but acknowledged the effort has been there recently.

“He’s a baby,” Bridgeport Sound Tigers bench boss Brent Thompson told Greg Joyce of the New York Post, before praising the young forward’s commitment.

“He’s a baby, he’s immature and he’s got a lot of growing to do. I’m excited. The upside of him is outstanding. He worked hard (Wednesday in practice), he’s been working really hard. We all make mistakes, we all have bad games. It’s how do we respond from those and what do we learn from them? Every piece of this season for Josh, with us, is a development piece. It’s just going to be a longer process with some people.”

Ho-Sang was a healthy scratch Wednesday for the first time this AHL season, not counting a game he missed in December that would’ve been his fifth in five days.

“I don’t think anybody can break my confidence, but it’s definitely put in a place where it’s not very good,” he said after practice Wednesday. “There’s certain things I can do on the ice to remind myself of what I am and who I am. But it’s just tough when you have people getting on you and sometimes when everyone’s talking to you about the negative, you may look at yourself negatively.”

Ho-Sang showed some promise with the Islanders at the beginning of the season, collecting 12 points in 22 games, but has been sent down to the AHL multiple times since.

The winger, who turns 22 later this month, has 12 points in 15 contests with Bridgeport.

Nassau Coliseum hosted an open house Tuesday, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and New York Islanders majority owner Jon Ledecky toured the recently renovated arena.

The Islanders’ former digs, Nassau Coliseum is considered a possible temporary home as the team’s new arena in nearby Belmont Park breaks ground.

In the meantime, New York will continue to play out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where it’s called home since 2015. Despite the team signing a 25-year agreement to play at the venue shared with the NBA’s Nets, both the Islanders and arena manager can trigger an opt-out clause at the end of January.

If that should happen, the Islanders would need to find a temporary home following the 2018-19 season.

Nassau Coliseum, built in 1971, has undergone a host of changes since the Islanders left three years ago, including a $165-million renovation that reduced seating capacity by 3,000 to 13,000 for hockey games.

A number of improvements would need to be orchestrated in order for New York to return temporarily. Also at issue is who would fund those changes. Nassau Coliseum is currently owned by Forest City Enterprises, a real estate development firm.

Nassau Coliseum hosted an Islanders preseason game last September.

While the Islanders have played out of Barclays Center for parts of three seasons, a quick exit was initiated after a host of issues were realized, from awful ice conditions to poor sight lines and a tough commute.