As we close in on the last few hours before the NHL trade deadline, it looks like the New York Islanders are going to be hanging on to one of the few notable players that was thought to be available this trading season.
There have been rumors linking several teams to defenseman Mark Streit, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Early Wednesday, though, Garth Snow dismissed those rumors and essentially said that Streit would not be moved.
The Islanders have tried to sign Streit to an extension, but talks hadn’t progressed to the point where one looked like it was in reach, which led to the host of rumors that followed. Having already locked up Evgeni Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky, Streit was the final piece of the veteran trio that Snow had hoped to sign to an extension.
There’s still a possibility that one could happen prior to Streit hitting the open market. He’s definitely one the Islanders will want to hang on to, especially since they’re in a position where a playoff spot looks like a real possibility. He’s a veteran leader on the team, obviously considering he’s wearing the ‘C’, and is a tremendous asset on the power play, with 10 of his 20 points coming with the Isles on the man advantage.
The reasons the Isles are hanging onto Streit are for exactly the same reasons that teams would want to acquire him. As of right now, though, that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Expect the Islanders to continue to pursue a new deal for him, perhaps two or three years, rather than trade him.