The NHL salary cap is dropping more than $6 million this offseason and teams aren’t going to be able to give out the huge deals as much as they used to. That makes the decision of New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit an odd one. There are reports out of New York that Streit is going to head into free agency because the team won’t offer him the amount of money he wants.
Streit is looking for a three-year contract worth more than $5.5 million, a season while the team is offering a three-year deal worth around $5 million a season. There is really no major money difference here. Does Streit think he is going to get a contract like Ryan Suter did during last offseason? That isn’t going to happen because of money getting tighter. I could see a way where Streit ends up going back to the Islanders, though, and that is when he comes to figure out that he can’t get all that money.
The Islanders could even lower the offer at this point in time. He is 35-years-old and isn’t going to play for another ten years. He should have took the three-year contract from the Islanders and been happy with it. It is a serious mistake from Streit and one that is he is going to regret before next season starts.
He may be stuck with a contract that is for the same amount of money with a worse team possibly. It is just the name of the game these days in professional sports in worrying more about the pocketbook instead of a championship.