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Report: Streit, Isles talking contract extension

Mar 15, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

Mark Streit

The New York Islanders and defenseman Mark Streit‘s agent are engaged in contract negotiations, sources tell ESPNNewYork.com.

Streit is a pending unrestricted free agent, and his name has been mentioned in trade speculation as the April 3 deadline approaches. But staying put seems to be his first choice.

“Everyone knows I like it here,” he told ESPNNewYork.com last week. “The locker room is great, the living on Long Island, so we’ll see.”

At 35 years old, Streit remains a big part of the Isles’ blue line. He’s averaging 25:02 of ice time and has 14 points in 27 games.

His current contract, a five-year deal, has an annual salary of $4.1 million.

It should be noted that this is not the first report of contract talks between Streit and the club. There was a similar report a month ago, and still nothing has been signed.

The Isles (12-12-3) have won four of six and sit three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their next game is Saturday at Florida.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Streiter is second all time in points as an Islander among defensemen after…well, you know. Two players I’d like to see Isles acquire are Mike Ribeiro and Ben Bishop. Also possibly Brenden Morrow. Whether Garth would or could do that is another question. Isles may also get Visnovsky to extend. We’ll see.

  2. easyisle - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I love the guy, but he’s not close to #2 all-time in points. Wouldn’t have guessed who’s #2 without looking it up – Stefan Persson. I was thinking one of the Jonssons (Tomas or Kenny) but they’re 3&4.
    Looking at the all-time roster, he may be top 5 Off D-Men who can actually play d. Maybe behind only Potvin and Kenny in my opinion – much better as a d-man than the scouting reports when he was signed.

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