Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner remain members of the New York Islanders, for now. It was believed that at least one of them would have been dealt on Friday or Saturday. Instead, it was Griffin Reinhart who was sent to Edmonton in return for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this year's draft.
The market for Grabner and Okposo just was not there during the two day draft being held in Sunrise, Florida. More from Newsday:
Sources indicated the Isles received precious little interest in Michael Grabner, who was actively shopped around this weekend and before. Grabner carries a $3-million salary-cap hit but has a salary of $5 million this coming season, making him unattainable for many teams.It is still strange to fathom the Islanders dealing away Okposo, but if the Newsday report is accurate, $7 million for six years may be a lot to give to him. Okposo has been a core member of the Islanders, but he still has yet to reach his full potential, and his eye -- which he had to have surgically repaired after a retina tear -- is a bit of a concern going forward. That is not to say he isn't a good player, but there are still questions that need to be answered.
Sources also indicated that trade interest in Kyle Okposo was not strong. Contract extension talks between Snow and Okposo's reps could pick up this summer, but it isn't likely that Okposo will be seeking less than a six-year contract at $7 million per season.
If Snow is unwilling to pony up, Okposo could be shopped more aggressively as training camp draws near.
It is hard to imagine that this situation spills over into training camp.
As for Grabner, it became more and more evident he wasn't fitting into what the Islanders were trying to do last season. The injury issues that kept him sidelined for parts of the year and the number of times Grabner was a healthy scratch suggested that he was expendable. Grabner is skilled on the penalty kill, responsible in his own zone and his speed can't be matched, but injuries and an inability to finish on scoring opportunities have limited his effectiveness.
Depending on what the Islanders do in free agency and who competes for spots in training camp, Grabner could find himself watching some more games from the press box if he isn't moved.