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Report: Contract talks between Isles and Streit have stalled

Apr 2, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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Contract negotiations between the New York Islanders and their captain, defenseman Mark Streit, have stalled, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.

As a result, Dreger believes Streit will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, it’s not clear if the Isles will trade the 35-year-old prior to tomorrow’s deadline.

The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman wrote today that the Detroit Red Wings, among others, would “love to get” Streit.

Streit has five goals and 13 assists in 36 games while averaging a team-high 24:06 of ice time.

The Isles just signed 36-year-old defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to a two-year, $9.5 million extension.

The budget-conscious club is also right in the thick of the playoff race, tied in points with the eighth-place Rangers, though the Isles have played one more game.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    No way trade him to the Wings. They want top players but will not give up top assets in return. If the Isles are going to move Streiter–a real possibility if he will not be re-signed by the deadline–perhaps they can work a trade with OTT for Bishop. Surprised that there is an impasse. He had indicated he very much wanted to return and Islander beat writer Arthur Staple did not indicate any problems yesterday.

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      beat me to it with Bishop

    • valoisvipers - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      bcisleman How can you expect Detroit to give up top assets in return for a 35 year old? That’s why Kenny gets the big bucks.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Excellent GM’s like Holland do not give up top assets for RENTALS.

      I do find it funny that one second he is complaining about what Detroit won’t give the Islanders but would settle for a guy like Ben Bishop who was already traded away for a 2nd round pick a couple seasons ago by the Blues.

  2. islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Would hate to lose Streit for nothing after this season but I’m also nervous about what letting your captain go would do to the chemistry of a young team fighting for a playoff spot (I really just want them to make the friggin playoffs)

    If the return was good enough I would be OK with it. I think I would do a trade with Ottawa for Ben Bishop, straight up. That would help take some of the pressure off Nabby, whose no spring chicken, and address the need for a long term answer in net.

    Would be bittersweet either way. Streit has been a great Islander.

    • tuberippin - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I give Streit a lot of credit for coming over in free agency at a time when the only people who wanted to sign on the Island were grizzled vets like Bill Guerin and Mike Sillinger.

      • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Yeah exactly- nothing but respect and gratitude for Streit. He was one of the few bright spots on this team for a handful of years and came to the Isles when few FA’s were willing to.

        I do feel that those days are almost behind us and that this franchise is really turning a corner. Not just because of this year’s playoff push but because of all of our young talent and the impending move to Brooklyn.

  3. dewzer - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Now singing “Please Come to Boston.”

  4. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Completely agree that this club has turned the corner. Starting with Wang willing to put money into the club, pushing for the lighthouse deal and when that didn’t work going for Brooklyn. Don’t know of many owners that would have stuck it out loosing the amount of money he has lost over the time he has been an owner but still has tried to make this franchise better each year while doing it. As much history the Islanders had in the coliseum the place is a dump and players as well as fans don’t want to even go there.

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Isles still spend among the least out of all teams in the NHL so I’m not sure that Wang is “spending” money as much as he is “losing” it. I do agree that Wang deserves a ton of credit for keeping the franchise in New York (and still geographically on Long Island).

      After all of the money he’s lost and all of the BS that LI politicians have put him through, he stayed true to his word and did not move the team. I know it hurts for some to see the Isles leave the Colosseum but the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of owners would have moved this team to Kansas, Quebec or Seattle.

      Brooklyn really will be a fresh start for this franchise with a very solid nucleus of young players.

  5. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Wang spends the least because the isles have not been able to get or keep top players.

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Fair point- they’ve made some big offers in the past to guys who refused to go there. Ernhoff comes to mind. No big time offers were made over this past off season but hopefully Wang will re-open his wallet after this season.

      Hamonic needs to get paid and we could use a big time goalie. Nabby isn’t going to last forever.

  6. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Agreed and with the prospect of playing in a newer building in Brooklyn I hope we are able to get some bigger FA’s to join this team and bring them back to the glory years of the 80’s. I was a kid back then and was just starting to love hockey. It’s been a rough time since then having a entire family of Ranger fans hopefully we can start turning the table back on them. Lol

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Yeah I think that Brooklyn, in addition to the prospect of playing with John Tavares who has proven himself to be one of the best young players in hockey, will bring FAs through the door.

      OT- but I’m also really pumped for Strome who by all accounts, is the real deal.

      I wasn’t born until 4 years after the last Stanley Cup and was 5 the last time they won a playoffs series. I haven’t suffered as long as you put can definitely feel your pain. I feel like all this has been a long time coming

  7. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Would you be talking about that amazing series against Mario’s penguins in ’94. The one where no one in the world gave the islanders a chance in hell to win?

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Yeah but unfortunately I have no recollection of it.

  8. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    That’s too bad it was a great series. Was in college in Denver at the time and watched just about every game with mostly penguins fans which was brutal but bittersweet at the same time.

    • islesjb - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Nice- possibility of a rematch this year if the Isles grab the 8th seed. Penguins have never beaten the isles in a playoff series in their history!

  9. jdrew506 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    That is true on both accounts as well as Crosby always seems a no show or gets hurt playing the islanders. Could make for a great series if the zebras do their jobs correctly. But we all know that is unlikely since they baby Sid and the rest of the flightless birds.

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