If Sunday’s news about Mark Streit wasn’t bad enough, the Islanders now have lost their second Alternate Captain this week to shoulder surgery. The team announced that Kyle Okposo will require surgery and is out indefinitely.
Losing Okposo is a huge blow as he plays in every situation and is a leader on the bench and the locker room. His absence will likely open a spot for a younger player to get more ice time, with players like Jesse Joensuu, Matt Martin, Nino Niederreiter, Rhett Rakhshani, and David Ullstrom all fighting to make the roster, each now has an enhanced opportunity to make the team.
In other news, General Manager Garth Snow has signed defenseman Mike Mottau to a 2 year 1 way deal. He will obviously play a role on this season’s team and will be added depth next season with players like Martinek, Gervais, Jurcina, and Wisniewski all on one year deals.
I hope to one day post a breaking news story and it actually be good news….
More to follow….
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