Kyle Okposo is set to enter his ninth season with the New York Islanders, one that also marks the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract.
With no new contract on the horizon, Okposo has been forced to wonder whether this will be his final season with the Islanders.
"It's pretty hard not to when you go somewhere and everyone's asking you whether you're going to be traded or not," Okposo told Newsday on Monday. "It's part of the business, and I'm not naive to that. There's a lot of moving parts.
"Am I upset about it? No. There's things that upset you on a daily basis in this business, and you just have to go with it. As far as contracts, trade speculation, I don't want that to be a distraction. I just want to go out and play the game."
Okposo ranked second on the Islanders in scoring with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 60 games. He had emergency surgery in January because of a detached retina and missed nearly two months. Okposo returned for the final month of the regular season and had two goals and one assist in the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Islanders lost a seven-game series against the Washington Capitals.
"I saw the doctor a few times this summer and [the eye] is healed," he said. "My retina is great. And that's the main thing with detached retinas -- sometimes they can detach again, usually within an eight-week period after the surgery. But everything looks good there. I'm just happy I can see. I got pretty lucky and I'm excited everything's back to normal."
The Islanders open the 2015-16 season Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center.