The next player to be featured in my "Signs For Five" series is Kyle Okposo. You'll surely remember that just less then two weeks ago Michael Grabner signed a long term deal. On the heels of this news, Islanders' General Manager Garth Snow today made another bold and swift move to lock up one of his young star players. Kyle Okposo signed a new five year deal as well.
The official word came from the Islanders this afternoon. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With Doug Weight's retirement expected to be announced tomorrow, speculation has begun over who will assume the duties as team captain. Mark Streit is a very worthy candidate. Kyle's name could be another in the mix. I know from speaking with him many times over the past few years that he would be honored and humbled at even the suggestion of it.
It goes without saying that today's move is right not only for Okposo, but for the Islanders, the fans, and the future of this team. There is no player working harder to restore the franchise to glory than Kyle.
If I learn anything further this evening, you can be sure that it will be posted here.
Please visit this site tomorrow when I have some thoughts following Doug Weight's announcement at Nassau Coliseum. Thanks for reading, as always.
Update: Newsday's Islanders beat writer Katie Strang recently tweeted with details of Kyle's new contract.