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Report: Streit, Islanders have ‘preliminary’ contract extension talks

Feb 17, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

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Defenseman Mark Streit and the New York Islanders have had “preliminary” contract extension talks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reported Saturday.

Streit, the Islanders’ 35-year-old captain, is in the final year of a five-year deal worth $20.5 million. He is also coming off a 47-point (and minus-27) campaign a year ago.

So far this season, Streit has seven points in 14 games. The Islanders are 10th in the Eastern Conference, but three points out of seventh.

“The fact is I like it here. We have a really good team,” Streit told Newsday.

“I’ve been here five years and I have a really good role, I love the room and I can tell the improvement is here the last few years. It’s maybe 5 percent we’re missing to break through. Overall, I’d like to stay.”

The Islanders are coming off a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Saturday. John Tavares had the hat trick for New York.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Isles cannot afford to move Streiter no matter what Garrioch or anyone else thinks. He racks up easily more minutes than any other Islander and provides the bulk of their blueline offense. If he wasn’t always paired with inferior D, had better goaltending behind him and didn’t always feel the pressure to add offense, he’d be better defensively. In two years, Reinhart, Mayfield, Donovan and others will be there to take up the slack. Until then, Streiter is the guy.

  2. barrywhererufrom - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    A decent player who wants to stay on long island..I say sign him..makes sense get er dun..

  3. pone27 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Lol, hey Cam, are you trying to say that Streit is a bad Dman because he had -27 rating last season?

    FYI, the Isles last year were pretty bad, and Streit easily logs the most ice time among Dmen, as well as I am sure the majority of the roster.

    The guy can only do so much. Streit is easily one of the top Dmen in the league

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