The New York Islanders, now eliminated from the playoffs, will quickly turn their attention towards retooling for the 2016-17 season.
Charles Wang's tenure as majority owner ends July 1, when Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin take over, and questions have already popped up over how the roster will shape up next season.
Forwards Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin can become unrestricted free agents July 1, while Casey Cizikas and Ryan Strome are set to become restricted free agents.
Among them, Okposo appears to be the most likely to be leaving, as contract negotiations during the season hit a wall and never continued.
"I'll have to reflect on the year and what's next a couple days from now," Okposo told New York Newsday. "The focus was that you're part of the hockey team, just trying to win one game and extend the series."
Okposo made $4.5 million in salary this season, but had a salary cap hit of $2.8 million. Both figures are expected to climb considerably.
Nielsen and Martin both sounded like they'd like to return next season, but ultimately that decision will be up to GM Garth Snow and management.
"I don't know what the future holds. I want to spend some time with the guys," Martin told Newsday. "It's been a huge honor to wear this jersey for seven years, whatever it's been. We'll see what my agent and Garth and management figure out. Every year you see free agency, trade, retirement, whatever. I've played with these guys a long time, and the uncertainty is hard, but it's the nature of the business. We'll see how it plays out."
One near-certain roster move the team will be making this off-season is trading defenseman Travis Hamonic, who requested to be moved closer to his home in Western Canada.
Snow is expected to accommodate his request this summer, likely at/round the NHL Draft in late-June.