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Kyle Okposo signs with the Buffalo Sabres for 7 years, $42 million

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The New York Islanders lose their power forward.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Okposo didn't wait long to sign his first big free agent contract.

The former New York Islanders power forward was snatched up as soon as free agency opened on Friday, signing a 7-year, $42 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

The contract makes Okposo one of the highest paid wingers in the league.

Not that he hasn't earned it. The 28-year-old right winger has accumulated 139 goals and 369 points in 569 games with the Islanders over nine seasons. Last year, Okposo nearly matched career highs in goals (22) and points (65).

He joins a Sabres team on the rise, with a mix of young talent and veteran skill. Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen have emerged as linchpins of the future, while Ryan O'Reilly is coming off a career season after joining via a trade with the Colorado Avalanche.

Just a week ago, the Sabres traded for Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitri Kulikov, further bolstering their blueline. With Okposo in the mix, the Sabres are clearly priming for a run at the playoffs after two years of rebuilding.