Friday, July 1, 2016
Backes, Okposo Sign with New NHL Teams
Two notable former NCAA players changed NHL teams on Friday, according to yahoo.com.
Former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes (Minnesota State) signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Boston Bruins, while former New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (Minnesota) inked a seven-year, $42 million pact with the Buffalo Sabres. Both are leaving the only NHL franchise that each player had known since turning professional, respectively, after both became unrestricted free agents this off-season.
Backes, 32, played three seasons at MSU (2003-2006), tallying 46 goals and 119 points with the Mavericks. In 727 NHL regular-season outings, all with St. Louis, he has posted 206-254—460 points and 969 penalty minutes, via hockeydb.com, after being drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Okposo, 28, played a year-and-a-half at Minnesota (2006-08), tallying 26 goals and 51 points in 58 outings with the Golden Gophers. Taken seventh overall by the Islanders in 2006, he has registered 139-230—369 points and 310 PIM in 529 regular-season NHL games to date.