Buffalo Sabres re-sign captain Kyle Okposo to 1-year, $2.5M contract

Buffalo, NY On Wednesday, club captain Kyle Okposo signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the young, retooled Buffalo Sabres.

The 35-year-old's re-signing was expected after Buffalo's season ended last month.

After completing a seven-year, $42 million contract, Okposo became an unrestricted free agent and will captain a club that is finally competitive.

Stars' Benn penalized two games for Stone hit 6hGreg Wyshynski The Sabres had 42 victories and 91 points, their best since 2011, however they missed the playoffs by two points.

Okposo helped lead the NHL's youngest club. After Buffalo traded Jack Eichel to Vegas, he became captain this season.

Okposo scored 11 goals and 28 points in 75 games as a checking line player. Two years earlier, he scored 21 goals and 45 points in Buffalo.

In July 2016, Okposo, from Minnesota, joined Buffalo in free agency after nine seasons with the New York Islanders. Okposo believed the Eichel-led Sabres would contend.

From 2017 to 2019, Okposo had four concussions. After a normal collision in practice, he lost weight and had trouble sleeping and spent nearly a week at Buffalo General Hospital's Neuro Surgical ICU with severe concussion symptoms.