Sports Briefing: Islanders Lose Kyle Okposo and Sign Two Forwards


Andrew Ladd with Chicago in February. He accepted a seven-year, $38.5 million Islanders contract.

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The Islanders remade their roster in a series of moves on Friday, using the first day of free agency to sign the veteran forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera at the same time the career Islanders Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen departed for new teams.

Nielsen, the longest-tenured member of the Islanders, signed with the Red Wings for six years and $31.5 million. Okposo, a 28-year-old right wing, signed with the Buffalo Sabres for seven years and $42 million. Martin, a fifth-round pick in 2008, agreed to a four-year, $10 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

To replace them, the Islanders lured Ladd with a seven-year, $38.5 million contract. Ladd, a 6-foot-3 left wing, was a trade deadline addition by Chicago late last year after almost five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, where he was the captain. Chimera, 37, is coming off a 20-goal season for Washington. A 13-year veteran, he signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal. The…

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