• Isles Begin Contract Talks With Okposo

    News: Kyle Okposo and the Islanders have begun talks on a new contract, according to Islanders Point Blank.
    Analysis: Both sides are hoping to get an agreement done before the start of the season but the parameters on a new deal could be difficult to negotiate. Kyle Okposo will make $4.5 million this season and could command a deal north of $6 million per year on the open market, a figure the Islanders may not be willing to approach at this time. If the two sides can't come to an agreement before the start of the season then Okposo's name will be one we will hear quite often in trade rumors.
  • Isles' Okposo To Stay With Team?

    News: The Islanders reportedly aren't planning to trade Kyle Okposo during this weekend's NHL Entry Draft, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
    Analysis: General manager Garth Snow could just be trying to drive up the price by making this announcement, or perhaps the offers he was receiving just weren't to his liking. If Kyle Okposo remains with the team during the upcoming season, he is expected to again skate on the top line with John Tavares.
  • Isles' Okposo Is On The Trade Block

    News: The Islanders are accepting trade inquiries on Kyle Okposo, according to Newsday.
    Analysis: It seems general manager Garth Snow has a choice, either sign Kyle Okposo long term to a contract north of $50 million or trade him before he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. Another problem for Snow will be who will play on the top line with John Tavares if Okposo is dealt? Even with Okposo in the fold the Isles couldn't find a reliable winger to play alongside with that duo, now they may need two wingers. The Isles don't own a first or second round pick in this year's draft but according to rumors, Okposo would only be dealt for young players, not draft picks.
  • Isles' Okposo Stays Hot With Goal Sunday

    News: Kyle Okposo tallied a goal in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: Kyle Okposo has registered a point in each of the Isles' three playoff games to date and has picked up at a goal or assist in five consecutive contests dating back to the end of the regular season. Though he's no longer positioned next to John Tavares on the Isles' top line, Okposo has shown enough effectiveness on the second trio to remain a worthy choice for daily lineups during the postseason.
  • Okposo Sets Up Goal In Isles' Win

    News: Kyle Okposo notched an assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's Game 1 victory over the Capitals.
    Analysis: Kyle Okposo's production has generally slowed since he returned from a detached retina in early March, but he raised his performance as the regular season drew to a close, notching a goal and two assists in his final two games. While he's no longer skating next to John Tavares as frequently, Okposo can probably be relied upon for capable secondary scoring on the Isles' second line.
  • Isles' Okposo: Two Goals In Last Three Games

    News: Kyle Okposo scored the game-winning goal on the power play in Saturday's 3-0 win over Buffalo.
    Analysis: He has two goals in his last three games; both of the goals came on the power play. Kyle Okposo would have been a 70-75 point player if he'd stayed healthy this season.
  • Isles' Okposo May Be Taken Off Top Line

    News: Kyle Okposo may be taken off the top line with John Tavares, according to Newsday.
    Analysis: The Islanders offense has been struggling mightily of late with only 10 goals in their last seven games and Kyle Okposo has been part of the problem with only one goal since his return from an eye injury. Okposo is not the sole reason for the Isles scoring woes but could move down to the second line with Frans Nielsen who he has had success with in the past.
  • Isles' Okposo Gets First Point Since Return

    News: Kyle Okposo put the finishing touches on the Isles' victory over the Devils on Saturday, tallying an empty-net goal in the game's final minute.
    Analysis: It's the first point for Kyle Okposo since returning from a nearly two-month absence due to a detached retina. After averaging just under a point per contest before missing time, Okposo has struggled to reintegrate himself into the lineup, as his return coincided with four straight losses before the Isles ended the streak Saturday. While an empty-net goal shouldn't be viewed as a sign that he's back on track, Okposo provided further encouragement with five shot attempts on the night, marking his highest total in his first five games back with the team.
  • Isles Activate Okposo

    News: Kyle Okposo (eye) was activated off IR by the Islanders on Tuesday.
    Analysis: With Kyle Okposo set to return to action Tuesday against the Rangers, the team sent forward Kael Mouillierat to AHL Bridgeport in a corresponding move. Expect the winger, who has 14 goals and 44 points over 46 games, to be plugged back into a top-line role right away. He missed the last 22 games with the detached retina, which required surgery.
  • Isles' Okposo To Return Tuesday

    News: Kyle Okposo (eye) will return to action Tuesday against the Rangers.
    Analysis: Kyle Okposo, who will thus come off IR in advance of Tuesday's contest, hasn't played since January 19th, but he'll return to the Isles' lineup second on the team in scoring, with 44 points in 46 games to date.