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New York Islanders Daily Links: Okposo Wanted

Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) collides with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) collides with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports /
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While four teams still remain in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the offseason has started for the other 26, including the New York Islanders. With so many clubs in ‘offseason’ mode, it’s invariable that rumors start popping up left right and center.

Just yesterday we put forward a rumor that Steven Stamkos could conceivably join the Islanders. But today the rumor is going the other way.

Comcast Sportsnet put a little list together on the top five right wingers they should target. Our very own Kyle Okposo comes in at number one.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Okposo is the first on the list. Like CSN points out : “[…] the New York Islanders free agent to be might be the best fit for the Bruins both in playing style, and in actual production.”

Okposo plays a very physical style of play. He battles along the boards and isn’t shy to get in front of the net. Qualities that Boston prides itself on. He’s also good for 20 goals in a season. Combine the two and you have an almost perfect match.

The issue for Boston, and any team interested is if they are willing to pay the $5.5 to $6 million per year that Okposo will invariably command in the open market of free agency?

New York Islanders Round-up From Around the Web

Today’s Slapshot puts forward its draft day strategy for the Islanders. Do they get a center, someone for the wing, or a defender? (Today’s Slapshot)

Brock Nelson and team USA try to leave Russia with at least a medal. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to go through the hosts in order to do so. (IIHF Worlds)

Isles Nation reflects on all the changes happening to the franchise in such a short time. Is it change for good, or for the worse, who knows. But one thing is certain, change is the only constant. (Isles Nation)

Next: Player Grade: Johnny Boychuk

Isles Beat look at what it means to leave “no stone unturned”, as they look at how the Islanders can improve their forward from within (Isles Beat)

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