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Apr 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic (17) skates with the puck as San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) defends during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Milan Lucic (17) skates with the puck as San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) defends during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders are set to lose some important free agents come the deadline. Speculation is running wild on how they will actually replace these all but likely departing players.

TSN’s Scott Cullen believes that the Isles might just turn to free agency themselves to fill the void left by wingers Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin.

In Cullen’s Off-Season game plan for the New York Islanders, he has the rough and tough power forward Milan Lucic on Tavares’ wing and Lee Stempniak filling in at third-line duties alongside Casey Cizikas. 

Lucic is a player definitely in the mold of the potentially departing Okposo, just a tad more physical. Lucic is bigger, at 6’3″ 233lbs than the 6’0″ 217lbs Okposo. Both are close when it comes to offensive production over the last few years, with Okposo having a slight edge.

Over the last three seasons, Lucic has 158 points in 242 games, while Okposo has 184 points in 210 games. Make of this what you will it seems like a fairly straight swap.

Stempniak would come to the Islanders after having a surprisingly successful spell with the New Jersey Devils where he scored 41 points in 63 games before being acquired by the Boston Bruins at the deadline and adding another ten points to his season totals.

Stempniak joined the Devils on a professional tryout contract and signed a one-year deal worth $850,000 at the start of the season. Showing there is still life in Stempniak after other team wrote him off for dead.

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CBS’ Jeff Capellini echo’s Cullen argument that the New York Islanders need to turn to free agency in order to fill out their roster. (CBS)

The Islanders announced yesterday that they will be hosting the Blue & White prospects scrimmage and skills competition again this year. (Islanders)

Nikolai Kulemin gets a grade from Lighthouse Hockey for his 2015-16 season. (Lighthouse Hockey)

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We dive into the financial world of hockey to show that in order to succeed, or to at least win, a team needs to spend on players, something the Islanders have not done historically. (Eyes on Isles)

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