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McKenzie: Okposo likely ‘as good as gone’ from Islanders

January 17, 2016: New York Islanders Right Wing Kyle Okposo (21) [5725] is pictured during the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)
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Bob McKenzie was on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 on Wednesday afternoon.

On the decisions facing the New York Islanders on Travis Hamonic and Kyle Okposo, and how he sees those situations playing out:

“Well, I think there will be an effort made to try and facilitate the Hamonic trade. Technically the Islanders aren’t obliged to do it, but Hamonic does have personal reasons why he wants to get closer to his home in Western Canada.

“But Garth Snow has got to get a fair deal. And getting a fair deal for a defenseman who plays as many minutes as Hamonic does for less than $4 million a year on a deal that’s got multiple years left on it – that’s next to impossible. So Hamonic’s tremendous contract and value to the New York Islanders, both on and off the ice, is a real impediment to getting a fair exchange. But I’ve got think that they’ll try to work on that at the draft.

“As for Okposo, I think he’s as good as gone, for the most part. Never say never, I guess, but I think he’s going to be looking for a lot more money than the New York Islanders are prepared to give him, and that he’s most likely to go to unrestricted free agency.

“If that’s the case, what the Islanders will probably do is try to get a lower-level draft pick to trade his negotiating rights from the end of season to before July 1.”

Source: TSN 1200/ Transcript: Nichols

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