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Afternoon Line- Kyle Okposo

I now have two healthy kids, and both of them were born on Long Island. I grew up there, and bought a home and started my family there. I’ll never forget my time as an Islander. It was so special to me. Thank you so much to all the Isles fans who stuck with us through thick and thin. Your loyalty meant so much to me and the team.

The next chapter in my life begins now. I’m not the same 19-year-old kid I was when I stepped into the arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, and thankfully I don’t have the same haircut. I’ll be bringing my family to Buffalo and I’m so excited to put some roots down in the 716. I’m looking forward to getting involved in the community and having my kids grow up in Western New York.

-Kyle Okposo at The Players' Tribune where you can read more from Okposo.

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Morning Line- Arthur Staple

What’s a bit funny to see are the many pundits and list-makers lauding the Sabres and Wings for bringing in Okposo and Nielsen while downgrading the Islanders for losing both.

Had the Isles signed Okposo and Nielsen to those deals (and Martin as well), there would have been exactly zero new faces on the Island this coming season. Total status quo with nearly $14 million in cap space gone to lock those three up.

Would the list-makers have put the Isles on the “winners” side for making no changes? Would you?

-Arthur Staple of Newsday where you can read more on the Islanders.

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The New York Islanders Still Need To Make Some Moves

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

Despite the team's loss to the Lightning, Hamonic's decision to stay was a good way to start the offseason. When free agency opened on July 1, Okposo, Martin and Nielsen signed elsewhere. Those three players were major contributors to the team's success, but Snow was quick to react when he signed Ladd, 30, a two-time Stanley Cup-winning forward; Chimera, who brings a ton of experience, grit and leadership; and the return of Parenteau, who played on Tavares' right side from 2010-12. The Islanders also inked promising 23-year-old restricted free-agent center Shane Prince to a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $850,000.

Still, not everyone is optimistic about the direction of the team. One Eastern Conference GM said in a text message. "he wasn't a big fan" of the moves. "Ladd 7 yrs is crazy. Lost better players to UFA. "

Another Eastern Conference executive wasn't sure the Islanders were closer to contention. "Tough call," he wrote in a text. "Typically a conference finals berth signifies true contention."...

It's likely Snow could trade veteran netminder Jaroslav Halak, 31, who has two years remaining on his current deal worth $4.5 million annually. He suffered a severe groin injury in early March and missed the remainder of the season, and Greiss took over the job between the pipes.

Moving Halak will give Snow much-needed cap relief, even if it means acquiring only a draft pick in return. After beating the top-seeded Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in April, the Islanders proved they are on the cusp of becoming a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.

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A One-Year Deal With P.A. Parenteau And The New York Islanders

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Jason Chimara To The New York Islanders

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Andrew Ladd To The New York Islanders

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Morning Line- Matt Martin

“Obviously there’s a lot of thoughts that go through your head, as the time ticks away here, you wonder what’s in store for you and your future. You still hope something can get done [with the Islanders], but it’s a business. I never thought it would get this far, but this is how these things go.”

-Matt Martin, soon to be a UFA.  More on Martin from Arthur Staple of Newsday.

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Free Agent Talk On The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Frans Nielsen

Frans Nielsen stillis Islanders property and there still seems to be a better chance than not that he will remain with the Isles. A report Monday indicated Nielsen had turned down an Islander contract offer worth $5.5 million per season. Sources had indicated in the past week that the two sides had moved closer on a deal, one that was likely to be six or seven years in length to keep the average annual value below that $5.5 million number and keep Nielsen in an Islander uniform for the rest of his NHL career.

Things change daily, even hourly, when it comes to the free-agent frenzy, so one side or the other could have altered their stance. But last I heard, $5.5 million per was not the right number and the sides were closer on a deal....

Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin

Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin are headed elsewhere, that much is certain. There’s been no contact between either player’s representative and Garth Snow of late.

A source indicated over the weekend, when the unrestricted free agent contact period began, that a slew of teams had already reached out about Okposo, who could be the prime Plan B for teams that don’t land Steven Stamkos or simply the Plan A for some other clubs. The Jets, Blues, Red Wings, Wild, Sabres and Kings have reached out. Expect the Panthers and Canadiens to do so as well, though it’s believed that Okposo would rather head closer to his Minnesota home than north to Canada.

Martin’s reported suitors included the Rangers (gasp!) and the Leafs. The Rangers make sense from Martin’s perspective -- he loves the New York area, his longtime girlfriend Sydney Esiason has strong ties here -- but from the Rangers’ side it would mean shuffling some pieces around to make room....

more on each of the above plus other names...

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The New Ownership Group For The New York Islanders

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

NHL owners on Wednesday approved the transfer of majority ownership in the Islanders from Charles Wang to the duo of Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky, commissioner Gary Bettman said. The vote took place at the league’s board of governors meeting in Las Vegas.

Bettman said Malkin and Ledecky will own 85 percent of the team and Wang will retain a 15-percent share.

The deal, agreed to in September 2014, valued the Islanders at about $485 million and included an unusual stipulation that Malkin and Ledecky spend two seasons as minority owners before taking over control of the team this summer.

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The New York Islanders Have Decisions To Make

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The rumor mill has been working overtime this week, with Snow among numerous GMs who are trying to remake their teams with the specter of a flat salary cap heading into next season and the prospect of an expansion draft looming next offseason. That may mean some surprising names could be bandied about in trade talks when the teams convene on the First Niagara Center on Friday to begin the draft.

Snow gave a window into some of his thinking during a satellite radio interview on Friday morning. The Islanders have three veterans who are now just two weeks from unrestricted free agency and Kyle Okposo, the biggest name among them, is clearly headed elsewhere.

“We’re just in a situation with the salary cap that you really have to analyze where you are today and where you’re going to be in five years from now. So there’s always tough decisions,” Snow said. “Kyle’s a great person. He’s been a terrific player for this organization. Wish him nothing but the best.”

Snow was not asked about Matt Martin or Frans Nielsen, but sources indicated that Snow and Marc Levine, Nielsen’s agent, have been in contact on a long-term deal in recent days.

Martin, like Okposo, appears headed for a new team once free agency begins on July 1.

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