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It might be tough to hear but it sounds like New York Islanders forwards Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin might be out the door come the free agent deadline.
Both are pending unrestricted free agents, and both have, according to sources from Newsday’s Arthur Staple: “[…]there have been no talks between either player’s agent and the Isles since the season ended.”
We ran a story just yesterday where we made the case to sign Matt Martin. He’s the perfect fourth-line player for the system and style of play coach Jack Capuano wants his checking line to play. Martin is the leader in hits in each of the last two seasons by some distance.
Keeping him on board would certainly cost more. His last contract had an average cap hit of $1 million. A new deal with a worth of $2 to $2.75 million would not be out of the question.
Most Isles fans have come to terms with the fact that Okposo will be leaving. The career New York Islander is out of a deal, and will likely command a price that GM Garth Snow is simply not willing to pay. Losing both Okposo and Martin would be a shock to most fans.
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See who Newsday’s Arthur Staple believes the New York Islanders should trade for in during the offseason. (Newsday)
Greiss was a revelation for the Islanders this year. But as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle shows, Greiss isn’t resting on his laurels this offseason. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Hockey’s Future put a list together of the best drafted or signed WHL players. And our very own Mathew Barzal made it at no.1. (Hockey’s Future)
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BD Gallof sounds off on Twitter about how some Islanders fans believe Stamkos could sign for the Islanders as a free agent . (Twitter)