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Report: Islanders' Okposo 'could be on the trading block'

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The New York Islanders don't hold a first-round pick in this year's draft, so if they want one, they'll have to make a move.

Acquiring a first-round pick would mean trading a valuable member of the team, but the club could be willing to deal forward Kyle Okposo, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

"Kyle Okposo, who is entering the final season of a five-year, $14-million contract, could be on the trading block, according to two league sources outside the Islanders' organization," Staple writes.

The sources told Staple "nothing is imminent."

The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his contract, which will pay him $2.8 million next season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Though general manager Garth Snow wouldn't confirm an Okposo deal, he did suggest the team could be looking to acquire a higher draft pick.

"There's a lot of different scenarios that could play out," Snow said. "There could be a trade where we acquire a first or a second. We prepare the same way for this draft that we have in past drafts, because you just don't know what's going to happen."

Okposo had 18 goals and 51 points in 60 games during the regular season.

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