Chance to win Stanley Cup sold Okposo on Sabres

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Kyle Okposo wants to win a Stanley Cup. He believes he can do it with the Buffalo Sabres.

Okposo left the New York Islanders on Friday, signing a seven-year deal with Buffalo reportedly worth $42 million.

"What sold me was the chance to win a Stanley Cup," Okposo said, according to the Times Herald's Bill Hoppe. "I think we have a lot of pieces in play that can help us achieve that goal."

The Sabres are rebuilding, but landing Okposo - who's posted 50 or more points in each of the last three seasons, and 60 or more in two of the last three - is a coup. He was one of the most coveted free-agent forwards on the market.

While he enjoyed his time playing alongside John Tavares, Okposo is looking forward to playing with Jack Eichel.

"He's got superstar status, and you definitely need that to win a Stanley Cup," he said.

Okposo added that there were no negotiations between his camp and the Islanders upon the conclusion of the season.

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