Newsday’s Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple is reporting that the Brooklyn-bound hockey team and their star winger have not had any talks yet regarding an extension. He also added that things have been quiet most of the summer (Sept. 4).
Friday’s report contradicts a report by The Fourth Period in August that the two sides were in the very early stages of talks. The report also suggested contract extension discussions would intensify early this month (IPB, Aug. 26)
Okposo is in the final year of a five-year contract that he signed in 2011 and he is likely expecting a substantial raise in his next deal. The forward has had up and down seasons in the past, but has become one of the better American wingers in the NHL. The 26-year-old had to have surgery in January to repair a detached retina, which forced him to miss 22 games and it decreased his impact during the 2014-15 season.
The Islanders first round pick in 2006 finished last year recording 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points in 60 games.