Captain of the New York Islanders, or should I say ex-captain, said earlier this week that he will not return to the Islanders next season.
Mark Streit, who is known to be an offensively minded defenseman, scored six goals and recorded 21 assists in a 48 game strike shortened season this year, and could be what the New York Rangers need next season to at least straighten out their abysmal powerplay.
However, Streit is an aging veteran at 35 years old. Can the Rangers afford to take a chance on him? It all depends on how much and how long Streit wants to sign for.
I would only give Streit a one or two year contract at most for definitely no more than $2 million per year.
Unfortunately, reports have surfaced that Streit is looking for a three year contract at $5.5 mil per year, which I don’t think any team would sign him for considering his age.
If I am right and no team signs him for that price then he will have no choice but to lower his asking price, in which then the Rangers should definitely take a look at the former All Star. Not only would his scoring touch add to the Rangers’ lack of offense from their defenseman, but would also provide some extra leadership, as he has been the Islanders captain since the 2011-12 season. All of this, as of right now, is a long shot, but can certainly be looked at more closely once the NHL playoffs come to an end and the free agency period for next season unravels.