The New York Islanders currently sit just two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so it’s actually a bit difficult to talk about their future.
Obviously, many of their personnel decisions are going to ride with the fact of whether or not they actually make it into the postseason. But regardless of whether or not they do grab that elusive postseason berth, the future of Mark Streit is one that is up for some discussion.
Streit is a free agent at the end of the year. Despite the fact that the Islanders have demonstrated futility year in and year out, Streit is hoping to return to Long Island next season. That desire comes even though there is likely to be plenty of interest in Streit going into the summer.
Even though Streit posted a hilariously bad minus-27 last season, and is currently in a season in which he’s recorded one of his lowest scoring rates, teams want a guy like Streit. He’s a terrific veteran presence that would benefit a young team and can be an effective defenseman in the offensive end.
Which is why the Islanders are smart to look at an extension for Streit before the season ends.
If he gets to the summer as a free agent, he could very well price himself out of their range. Getting him locked up now allows them to keep the term shorter and the dollars lower.
It’s pretty clear that both sides want a deal done. The Islanders want to keep that veteran guy in there, with some of these young defenseman coming up, and Streit has made it clear that he wants to remain in New York. Getting this deal done shouldn’t prove to be an issue, once the two sides sit down and talk about it.