Islanders sign Kyle Okposo

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/28/2007 01:42:00 PM | | | |

Islanders website: Report today they have signed Kyle Okposo to a three year contract.

It would be an understatement to say we're excited about coming to terms with Kyle Okposo on his first contract with the Islanders,” said general manager Garth Snow. "As a hockey player, Kyle is the complete package. He has skill and character in abundance. Our organization is going to work extremely hard with Kyle to make him the best player that he can be. With the energy, enthusiasm and heart Kyle brings to the rink every night, there's no doubt he's going to be a favorite of Islanders fans for a long time.”

Said Okposo this morning from the Czech Republic: "This is an incredible day for me and my family. I want to thank the Islanders for making it happen and I want our fans to know that I can't wait to begin my Islanders career. My focus right now needs to be on Team USA, but I'll be more than ready when my pro career starts in a few weeks.” Has a brief statement from general manager Garth Snow on the signing.

Islanders website: Chris Botta explains the circumstances of the signing and makes clear no decisuion as to whether Okposo will play in New York or Bridgeport has been reached at this time.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Whether it was now or in the summer this was going to happen eventually. Hopefully everyone connected with him will congratulate him and wish him the best of luck.

Seems like he signed a standard contract based on the max a player can get.

From the Islanders side of things they really do not have a spot for him unless a trade happens or he plays in Bridgeport for a while.

Ct Post: Micheal Fornabaio confirmed the signing and reminded Sound Tiger fans to hold onto their tickets for January 9th, just in case Okposo does play for Bridgeport.