The Islanders are not looking to trade RW Kyle Okposo prior to Monday's 3 p.m. deadline, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday (Feb. 29).
Staple notes that the Isles are still looking for forward help.
Okposo, 27, has 15 goals and 31 assists in 58 games this season.
Okposo is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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Numerous sources have confirmed teams have indeed been calling general manager Garth Snow and inquiring about the cost of Okposo, with those calls increasing over the last two days.
One reason could be the weak rental market and another could be rival general managers seeing if they can nab a key piece for their own playoff run by taking advantage of what looks to be a 'play out season and walk' scenario.
Okposo's agent Pat Brisson hasn't spoken with Snow in months regarding an extension, and many believe the Islanders will let the long-time power winger leave on July 1. But while that is assumed, it's far from a certainty.
The Islanders would be foolish to let Okposo go at this point for a No. 1 draft selection (which they really don't need at this point since the rebuild is seemingly over) and a 'take a chance' prospect. They would be admitting they don't feel they have the tools to contend this season, and potentially fracturing a locker room to the point of a meltdown. It just isn't going to happen, folks.
As we get closer to the deadline, it remains to be seen if Snow can get anything done to improve an already good hockey team -- one that is 7-2-1 over its last ten games but has struggled its last two, defeating Calgary in overtime and losing in Edmonton.