Islanders Ink Okposo

The Islanders have locked up another key piece of their forward core for the next five seasons.  The deal is worth 14 million dollars.  Kyle Okposo, who had an off year in 2011 largely due to injury trouble, has recorded 44 goals and 72 assists for 116 points in 192 career games.  This comes just twelve days after Michael Grabner signed his five year extension with the club.  Both deals are structured in a rather unique way as they increase in dollar figure substantially with each year:

Kyle Okposo                                   Michael Grabner
2011/12 – 1 million                          2011/12 – 1 million
2012/13 – 2 million                          2012/13 – 2 million
2013/14 – 3 million                         2013/14 – 3 million
2014/15 – 3.5 million                      2014/15 – 4 million
2015/16 – 4.5 million                      2015/16 – 5 million
Cap Hit : 2.8 million                         Cap Hit: 3.0 million

Suddenly the Islanders are becoming a respectable organization again.  Over the last three months or so of the regular season, the Islanders posted an impressive record and hung around with some of the best in the Eastern Conference.  If not for their horrendous stretch early in the year, they could have easily been in the hunt for a playoff spot.  More than that though, the Islanders players decided to come together and play for each other.  The turning point might have been the embarrassing loss the Penguins where Rick DiPietro elected to try his hand at fighting and failed miserably:

After that whole incident, the Islanders really seemed to unite under a common purpose.  It was as though a light clicked on and everyone realized that if they were ever going to end the negative stigma about their team and restore some of the franchise’s forgotten pride, that kind of change was going to have to come from within the locker room.  The team fought back a week later, perhaps going too far, when they crushed the Penguins in a rematch:

These signings seeem to represent a turning point for Garth Snow and his Islanders.  No more lifetime contracts, or enormous dollar figures for undeserving, mediocre talent.  These are key young guys getting league wide recognition being locked up to affordable, reasonably termed contracts.  With Nino Niederreiter, and another top five pick coming, the Islanders are finally moving in the right direction. 

Now if Charles Wang could just get these young stars an arena to play in…


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8 Responses to Islanders Ink Okposo

  1. Burtonby. says:

    I see your getting enough hits for google to take notice. I use gmail and have goole alerts set up for Maple Leafs . The sent me a link to your site this morning.

  2. Burtonby. says:

    sounds like the Leafs are close to a contract with Luke . 9-13 mil for 3-4 yrs

  3. Burtonboy. says:

    Its rumor at this point but it jus came across twitter.