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Islanders don’t plan on trading Mark Streit

Apr 3, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

Mark Streit #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 9, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Capitals 5-2.
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It’s unclear what uniform 35-year-old Mark Streit will be wearing next season, but it looks like he’ll play out this season in New York Islanders colors.

Despite reports contract negotiations between the Islanders and Streit have stalled, GM Garth Snow told TSN’s Darren Dreger he has no intentions of trading the offensive defenseman.

Snow is in a difficult position. The Islanders have a real shot of making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Trading away Streit could undermine that but, at the same time, the Islanders’ core is still developing and they’re not yet viewed as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Watching Streit walk away as an unrestricted free agent this summer — when the Islanders could have gotten top draft picks or prospects for him — would be painful.

It’s worth noting that the gap between Streit and the Islanders is reportedly $500,000 per season, so perhaps the two sides can still come together before the summer.

Streit is looking for a three-year deal worth more than the $4,750,000 per season that the Islanders gave defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, according to New York Newsday.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I’m not an Islanders fan but I hope they keep him and make the playoffs. I love the way the East is positioned right now with four Canadian teams making the playoffs and the warm weather teams out of it. I think its good for hockey and it is shaping up to be an insane playoff season.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I thought he was coming to the B’s for sure

  3. timandaidan - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I am glad that Garth Snow is finally getting some hockey sense. To have possibly traded Streit while the team is in the playoff hunt would have been devastating. You don’t trade your captain when you are on the cusp!!! Plus, I just bought a Streit jersey last summer!!!! The young talent that Isles have is finally coming through and to have a vet like Streit and Visnovsky is going to be a HUGE influence on the team. Lets go Isles!!! Lets do this.

  4. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I am not saying its going to happen again but weren’t the kings am 8th seed that no one gave a chance to win the cup last year? Again not saying its going to happen but anything can happen in the playoffs, can’t ever count anyone out when they get to the dance.

    • bcisleman - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      If the Isles can keep playing the way they have and Nabby gets even hotter than he has recently turned, they could make some noise. They do not yet have all their best talent ready. That will be another 1-2 years. But they could fool some folks.

      Streiter is overvaluing himself. I would have thought he would get about $4 mil per for 2 years. Isles being generous in giving him 3 and $5. He may come to his senses when the season ends.

  5. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I would not have a problem if they have him close to $5 mill if its for 2-4 years and helps the team grow. It would also help to change people’s perception that Wang is not willing to open the wallet to those who deserve it, might help bring some FA’s to the club.

    • timandaidan - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      mixed with a new venue (although it will be the smallest in the league), that will start to draw bigger names in. Keeping their quality vets and the new venue, and Wang’s focus on facilities gone, they can now focus on bringing those bigger names in. They have an amazing prospect core of player.

      Keeping Tavares, Moulson, Grabner, Hamonic, Streit, and Visnovsky, they future is looking good on the Island. I think next year, they will start really focusing on some bigger names hopefully.

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