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On Friday night the Islanders locked up Lubomir Visnovsky, taking one of the most tradeable defenders around the league off the market. But that still leaves the Isles other powerplay specialist and captain, Mark Streit.

This morning the Chicago Daily Herald reported a source who said that the Blackhawks are interested in both Frans Nielsen and Mark Streit. The source said that the Hawks were interested in Nielsen and Visnovsky, but shifted to Streit once Visnovsky was signed.

Interestingly, the Herald's source also says that the Hawks are looking at Nielsen for the second line forward role, something long debated here on Long Island; whether Nielsen would be better suited on a third line role (he probably would).

But this isn't the first time, nor the last, that Streit has come up in trade talks. He's been one of the most coveted free agents around the league as we've gotten closer to the trade deadline. The Islanders are also working to re-sign Streit, so by Wednesday's deadline he could be off the market. For my money, he won't be traded with the Islanders so close to the playoffs -- he is a key to the playoff push. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been one of the most talked about deadline defenders in the league (especially in Boston):

Ottawa Sun, 3/30:

[sny-box]"[Snow is] trying to get a deal done with rearguard Mark Streit. The two sides are holding talks. If there's no contract, there's a good chance Streit gets moved. The Bruins, Leafs, Kings and Blues have all made inquiries."[/sny-box]

WEEI wants Streit in Boston:

[sny-box]"The Bruins wouldn’t have to lean on him quite so much, but his presence as a solid veteran defender could relieve some of the pressure on Zdeno Chara. Pierre McGuire and Andy Brickley both have said they think Streit would be a strong acquisition for the Bruins.[/sny-box]

This Hurricanes blogger wants Streit.

Bruins writer Joe Haggerty puts Streit at the top of Boston's wish list:

[sny-box]Chiarelli told last weekend that he’s looking for a defenseman as well as a winger to enhance Boston’s roster, and a puck-moving left shot blueliner would be at the top of the list...

The perfect name at the top of Boston’s list would be Swiss defenseman Mark Streit, who is entering the final month of his walk year with the New York Islanders as an offensive defenseman.[/sny-box]

This Oilers blogger wants Streit:

[sny-box]It might encourage the team to go out and get a quality rental or two. Think about Mark Streit from the Islanders, for example. With Lubomir Visnovsky signing a contract extension, perhaps the Oilers could acquire Streit, the terrific puck-moving offensive defenseman who plays the left side, for defenseman + a conditional pick.[/sny-box]

This Canucks blogger wants Streit.

And did I mention Boston? The Boston Globe says Streit would be great, but the price is high:

[sny-box]One possibility for an acquisition would be Mark Streit. The Islanders captain will be an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. The Bruins considered signing Streit in 2008 before he came to terms with the Islanders. The left-shot Streit has four goals and 10 assists while averaging a team-high 25:10 of ice time per game.

Streit would command a steep price. Interest around the league in the smooth-moving defenseman is high. The Bruins would most likely have to part with picks and prospects to outbid other contenders.[/sny-box]

Seems like Boston has a thing for Mark Streit. Again, I think the Islanders will hold onto him, but if they decide otherwise Garth Snow knows which team to have on speed dial.

h/t Strummer for the Hawks article

Tags: mark streit, News, Editorial Aside, Islanders
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