It’s unclear what uniform 35-year-old Mark Streit will be wearing next season, but it looks like he’ll play out this season in New York Islanders colors.
Despite reports contract negotiations between the Islanders and Streit have stalled, GM Garth Snow told TSN’s Darren Dreger he has no intentions of trading the offensive defenseman.
Snow is in a difficult position. The Islanders have a real shot of making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Trading away Streit could undermine that but, at the same time, the Islanders’ core is still developing and they’re not yet viewed as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Watching Streit walk away as an unrestricted free agent this summer — when the Islanders could have gotten top draft picks or prospects for him — would be painful.
It’s worth noting that the gap between Streit and the Islanders is reportedly $500,000 per season, so perhaps the two sides can still come together before the summer.
Streit is looking for a three-year deal worth more than the $4,750,000 per season that the Islanders gave defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, according to New York Newsday.