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Buffalo Sabers re-sign captain Kyle Okposo to one-year, $2.5 million deal

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 Buffalo Sabers re-sign captain Kyle Okposo to one-year, $2.5 million deal

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Buffalo Sabers general manager Kevyn Adams announced Wednesday that the Sabers have re-signed captain Kyle Okposo to a one-year, $2.5 million contract extension. Okposo was named the 20th captain in Sabers franchise history last fall. Okposo was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The 35-year-old is entering his eighth season as a member of the Sabers since joining the club in 2016-17 after signing a seven-year, $42million deal that saw a cap hit of $6million . Okposo scored 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 75 games last season. Since joining the Sabers, he has amassed 223 points in 455 games. Okposo was originally drafted in the first round (No.

7) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders after winning the USHL’s Clark Cup with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Okposo was named USHL Rookie of the Year and Clark Cup MVP after recording 16 points in 11 games. After being drafted, he made the jump to the NCAA, and after a two-year stint with the University of Minnesota, which saw Okposo win the NCAA (WCHA) championship in 2006-07; he decided to turn pro. The St.

Paul, Minnesota player made his NHL debut in 2007-08 and in nine games scored five points. He would spend the next eight years with the Islanders organization wearing the « A » as an alternate captain for seven seasons. While with the Islanders, he had 139 goals and 230 assists in 529 games. Throughout his 16-year career, he recorded 592 points in 984 games. Now that the Okposo deal is complete, the two most notable unrestricted free agents remaining in the Sabers’ contract book are Vinnie Hinostroza and Zemgus Girgensons.

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