Sabres Sign Kyle Okposo, What's Next?

It didn’t take long for the Sabres to make a move in the NHL free agency. Noted as a team on the rise, fans throughout the league expect big things from Buffalo this summer; they were very well in the run for forward Steven Stamkos’ signature before he decided to stay in Tampa Bay. After being snubbed, GM Tim Murray looked at arguably the next best forward on the market: Kyle Okposo. 

As a former 7th overall pick by the Islanders in 2006, Okposo brings with him injury concern, while he has welcomed abilities of physicality and skill. Over the course of the past few years the 28 year-old has only improved, managing to put up 369 points in 529 games with New York.

The Sabres signed the forward for a 7-year deal and an annual average of $6 million. He should be able to draw plenty of penalties for Buffalo, and it now appears that Murray is closing in on the team he has been working for over the past few offseasons. The addition will certainly scramble up the lines from last year, but every year something changes and it is clear that the Sabres needed more depth to supplement their upcoming stars. 

It does seem that Buffalo has finally begun to conclude their rebuilding project, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re finished with acquisitions. There are reports saying that Buffalo has already inquired to 7 other restricted free agents, and with Buffalo’s cap room, don’t be surprised if a few more players came to Buffalo.