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According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, the New York Islanders may own the 5th overall pick in the NHL draft, but they don't plan on using it to draft an 18-year-old:
he Islanders have the fifth pick in Friday's draft and, rather than going into draft weekend looking to add to their prospect pool as in years past, Islanders general manager Garth Snow is looking to trade that pick for NHL-ready talent after an unsuccessful season.
"We're open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away," Snow said recently.
After spending last summer plugging smaller holes and prioritizing long-term deals for his own restricted free agents, Snow clearly wants to upgrade his roster this summer. He began doing it early, trading a fourth-round pick May 1 to the Caps for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who signed a four-year, $18-million deal three weeks later to become the presumptive No. 1 goaltender the Isles haven't had.
The Islanders still need a backup or two, with Evgeni Nabokov having turned down a one-year offer. But now Snow's main focus is using that fifth pick to find either a top-pair defenseman or a top-line left wing to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Kyle Okposo acknowledged all the things that have been obvious to those around the Islanders this season: He’s pressing and his confidence is not where it needs to be.
And that sitting out Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Rangers was a low for him in his three-plus NHL seasons.
“I know what I have to do,” Okposo said after the team’s practice at the Coliseum today. The Islanders host the Canadiens on Thursday night. “There’s a lot of things I have to do to get going.”
He’s watched all his shifts from this miserable season so far—he’s got no goals and three assists in 14 games—as well as some tape from last season and the two seasons prior to his shoulder surgery.
NHL.com’s 30 in 30 takes a look at the New York Islanders today. The introduction to Brian Compton’s piece:
“The time is now for the New York Islanders. For a franchise that still doesn’t have a deal in place for a new building, it is imperative that the Islanders accelerate what has been a slow and steady rebuilding process and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Garth Snow believed he had assembled a playoff team last summer, then watched his top defenseman Mark Streit and power forward Kyle Okposo suffer serious shoulder injuries before the puck even dropped on the 2010-11 season.”
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What is a captain? “A person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.” What is a hockey captain? “A locker room leader, motivator; a medium between players and upper management; a primary representative of the team both on and off the ice.”
It is a unique situation this off-season that all three New York City metro area teams will be naming a new captain for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. The New York Rangers have the most candidates and are probably in the best situation with the most quality choices to choose from. So, we will start with the Rangers and then look at the Devils, who have both the easiest and hardest choices of the three, and finally we will look at the New York Islanders who have the youngest crop of candidates with the most potential.
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UNIONDALE, NY, May 25, 2011 – The New York Islanders announced today that forward Kyle Okposo has agreed to terms on a five-year contract.
“I’m very excited to commit to the Islanders for the next five years, especially with the news of the new Coliseum,” Okposo said. “This team really showed its potential in the second half of the season last year and I’m excited to be a part of getting the franchise back to the playoffs.”
Okposo, 23, scored five goals with 15 assists in 38 games for the Islanders last season. The St. Paul, MN, native missed the first 44 games of 2010-11 due to a shoulder injury, which he suffered during training camp.
“Kyle has been a critical part of our young core over the past few seasons,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a high character guy that brings size and a scoring touch to our lineup.”
Today’s three cheers, saluting those who deserve as much for their performances yesterday:
***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, whose 41 saves thwarted the efforts of his former club, the Florida Panthers en route to the first win of the season for the Canucks. Luongo’s .973 save percentage through his club’s first two games is hardly anything to scoff at and his quick start is a great sign for a Canucks team with extremely high hopes for the season. As for Florida, 42 shots on goal are great but three goals through two games won’t get the job done and that sort of paltry offensive production could be exactly what keeps the Panthers from succeeding this season. Tomas Vokoun can only keep opponents at bay to a certain extent.
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Today’s three cheers for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers, who burst onto the NHL scene last night with a hat trick in his first career game. Dallas’ Fabian Brunnstrom was the last player to manage three goals in his NHL debut and Stepan became the fourth player in league history to accomplish the feat. That it came against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, too, makes the performance that much more impressive. If Stepan’s contributions in the early-going are any indicator, New York will fare far better than some of us may have predicted.
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via Katie Strang tweet,
Kyle Okposo requires surgery on injured right shoulder, ruled out indefinitely
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,
Go ahead. Call Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf a coward for refusing to drop the gloves in the aftermath of his vicious open-ice hit that sent New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo to hospital.
Tell Phaneuf he violated the unwritten NHL code by declining the many challenges to fight from Okposo’s teammates.
People have the right to their own opinions, Phaneuf said. But so does he.
“I felt it was a clean hit,” Phaneuf said Friday, a day after he laid out Okposo during the Flames’ 5-4 pre-season win over the Islanders. “That’s part of my game. I have to play that way.”
from Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,
Thankfully Kyle Okposo is OK. He has a mild concussion and was cleared by doctors to fly back with the team on the charter to Saskatoon.
Okposo was the victim of a vicious open-ice hit from Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. I’ve watched the replay several times, and if I were Okposo or his teammate I would not be happy. Phaneuf left his feet on impact, catching Okposo with a shoulder to the head as Okposo was looking down, rendering him completely defenseless.
note: Video was changed at 8:02am since it was better quality than the one that was posted.
added 8:10am, from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
If you crumple a player with a clean check, are you on the hook to accept the first challenge that comes your way?
Is that part of the code? Hit big, then get ready to scrap all comers?
Katie Strang, Islanders beat writer for Newsday, on her Twitter,
Very scary moment: Kyle Okposo jsust got leveled in open ice by Dion Phaneuf. He’s on his back now and they are bringing out the stretcher.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday.com:
When everyone looks back on it, this Islanders season might not seem a total loss after all. Aside from possibly helping them ace the draft lottery, 2008-09 looks from here as if it will be remembered as the season Kyle Okposo really earned his NHL sweater, and a USA Olympic jersey.
It is not too early to think about Okposo’s future, which looks brighter by the day. It definitely is not too early to think about next February and the Vancouver Winter Games.
From the AP via SI,
Okposo graciously greeted Sillinger on Monday as he pulled off his Islanders jersey for the first time after practice. Two years after he was chosen by New York with the No. 7 pick in the draft, Okposo is set to make his NHL debut Tuesday night when the host Islanders face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“You’re going to be 20 in April, right?’’ Sillinger asked. “Yup, I’m 19,’’ the reply quickly came.
“I’m 37,’’ the veteran of 17 NHL seasons said with a laugh. “I could be your dad. I’ve got a kid who’s 15.’‘
And with that, Sillinger - recovering from recent hip surgery that ended his season - walked away. In a season that has quickly unraveled for the Islanders, Okposo is providing something for the franchise to look forward to.