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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.

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