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Isles captain Streit: ‘I want to be back, I love it here’

May 15, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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After leading the Islanders to their first playoff appearance since 2007 — and his first appearance since 2008 — Mark Streit made it clear he wants to stay on Long Island.

“I’ve said it all along, I want to be back,” the Islanders captain told Newsday. “I love it here, I love Long Island and the organization has been great to me.”

Here’s more, from Newsday:

Pat Brisson, Streit’s agent, and Isles general manager Garth Snow were set to resume talks that halted at the April 3 trade deadline, when Snow was not ready to agree to Streit’s request for a three-year deal in the $16-million range.

It is unknown whether either side is interested in agreeing to different terms. If not, the 35-year-old Streit will be in high demand when free agency begins on July 5.

Streit was a key member of the Isles this year. In addition to wearing the “C” for the second straight season, he led all New York defensemen in scoring (27 points) and finished second on the team in power play points, with eight.

Streit also tied John Tavares for the team playoff scoring lead (five points) and averaged over 20 minutes a night.

As alluded to in the Newsday column, there will likely be some suitors for Streit’s services.

He’s primed to enter unrestricted free agency at a time where defensemen are at a premium — he, along with Sergei Gonchar, Ron Hainsey, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney and Marek Zidlicky figure to headline the class, which gives a pretty good idea of how shallow the class is.

Streit is in the final season of a five-year, $20.5 million deal that paid $4.1 million annually.

  1. Stiller43 - May 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    “He’s primed to enter unrestricted free agency at a time where defensemen are at a premium — he, along with Sergei Gonchar, Ron Hainsey, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney and Marek Zidlicky figure to headline the class, which gives a pretty good idea of how shallow the class is.”

    I was really wondering why these guys were headlining the class…i thought you really though these guys were good for a second — until i saw the part about it being shallow. Phew!

  2. bcisleman - May 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Take a million fewer $ & you may Stay Mark.

  3. islesjb - May 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Torn on this. Streit was an integral part of the Isles playoff run and as stated, was tied with JT in playoff production- he clearly still has something left in the tank. While his offensive #’s were solid this season, he did have his fair share of defensive gaffs that raise some concerns as he continues to get up there in age.

    Also, at this point it is clear that this is Tavares’s team. Would they be better off with him wearing the C? I guess it doesn’t make all that much difference and JT can still be a leader with or without it.

    I would probably be happier with Garth signing him to a two year, $9M contract but I don’t blame Streit for trying to get his money/years.

    • elvispocomo - May 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      No reason to rush Tavares. He’ll get the C eventually it seems but why not use Streit’s experience and ability while you can? Let Tavares build on his successes without adding the burden of being captain and the team might follow suit and improve beyond just adding talent.

      A younger goalie to replace Nabokov (build into the starter role over the next year or two) is probably the next order of business once Streit is retained.

      • islesjb - May 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Yeah good point on JT- he can be a leader without the C and Streit is still a good veteran presence. The only concern is the potential for his play that take a sharp decline next year.

        Ideally, Garth can lock him up for a little cheaper than he’s asking. Streit may be willing to give a little bit of a home town discount since he clearly likes playing in LI and likes the direction of the team

  4. tortshaswarts - May 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Hope he stays for the isles sake. Good humble leader, for a still developing team. plus hes not too shaby on the ice

  5. sicklife1 - May 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Enough with Streit. He’s definitely lost a step, and asking for 3 years $16 mil is absurd. I’d give him 2 years, $7mil, but that’s as high as I’d go. Lubo is way better offensively than him, and still shows the speed that Streit has seemed to lose.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      2 years $7 mil is absurd. That’s not even close to the stratosphere that Streit would get on the open market as the top UFA dman. Eventhough he’ll have an over-35 contract, there’s no question in my mind he’ll get that 3yr $16mil contract from someone, maybe more if there’s a bidding war. Puck moving dmen are the premium position in the NHL, and Streit is a leader. You can’t offer your captain less than the 2yr $9mil Visnovsky got. The Isles have some good, young blueliners, but in no way are they stacked. If they wanna take the next step they’ll probably need Streit.

  6. bcisleman - May 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Garth should definitely stand firm w/ his offer–3 yrs, $15 mil I believe–& let Streiter test FA if he wants. Nabby should return but Isles should also sign a backup like Khudobin if Bs don’t re-sign him. They’ll also need to re-sign or replace Boyes.

  7. multiplemiggs - May 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    bcislesman and islesjb touch each other

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      You’d like that, wouldn’t you? Sicko.

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