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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Saturday was an emotional night for Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman and former New York Islander captain Mark Streit. The 35-year-old Swiss defenseman, who spent four seasons on Long Island, returned for the first time since being traded in June to Philadelphia."It?s kind of emotional to come back," Streit said following Saturday's morning skate. "Went to Garden City yesterday and a lot of great memories. It?s special to be back."During his time as an Islander, Streit played in 286 games and recorded 179 points in that span. He appeared in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Isles and was the team's captain for the final two seasons."They did a lot. They gave me the opportunity to play as a full time defenseman," Streit said about his time on Long Island."I made the all-star team, I was captain for two years. I mean that?s an unbelievable achievement. And we made the playoffs in the last year, so a lot of great memories."Down the hall in the home locker room, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey spoke highly of Streit. Both wished him luck going forward."Well he?s an awesome guy," Bailey said. "We miss him as a person. I think I was lucky to play with him for a few years. Obviously a great player, a great leader... wish him nothing but the best, minus the five games we play against him."Nielsen said Streit was one of his "closest friends" on the Islanders and that losing him was a big loss."He was the captain. He was one of the big leaders in this room," he said. "I mean of course he was a big loss for us, but I think we had guys that stepped up and took his role on the ice and in the locker room. We?re moving on, but he was a great friend to everyone in here."Streit was the first Islander captain since Alexei Yashin to get his team to the post-season, but the team couldn't work out a deal and they traded Streit before he hit the free agent market."After the trading deadline until the end of the season there wasn?t that much talk," Streit said. "You couldn?t find a solution and then I think once I packed up here I realized that probably my time here has come to an end. And it was time to move on."Saturday night Streit had two assists as his Flyers defeated the Islanders 5-2. It was a successful way to complete a visit to a building that holds a special place in his heart."It's a special building. It's an older building here," he said. "There is a lot of history and even when I played for Montreal I always liked coming to the Coliseum to play. I don't know why."
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We're only two days away from Islanders hockey and we've reached the second to last spot in the countdown. Probably the best player to wear the jersey is the most recently departed captain, Mark Streit.?You already know all about Streit but here it is anyway.Streit signed a lucrative, long-term deal on Long Island at time where that was essentially unheard of. In the summer of 2008 after only three years in the league but at the ripe age of 31, Streit signed a five-year, $20.5 million deal with the Islanders. The team was horrendous but Streit was solid, leading the blueline and notching 56 and 49 point seasons in his first two years. In his first year on the Islanders, 2008-09, he actually led the entire team in points by a wide margin and tied for second in goals because he was that good and the team was that bad.Things would take a turn for the worse in 2010, as Streit was injured during the preseason and missed the entire year. He would have two more good years after returning but was never the same. The Islanders parted ways with Streit earlier this year by sending him to the Flyers.There are two other notables to wear #2, as Steven tells us:[sny-box]Mark Streit is probably the best player to wear the jersey, but a couple of others had their moments. Mike McEwen came over at the trade deadline of the 1980-81 season and was part of three Cups, giving the Islanders four great point men for the power play (Potvin, Persson, Jonsson, McEwen). And he scored an often forgotten goal, the PPG that pulled the Islanders within 3-2 in game 5 against Pittsburgh in 1982 and set up Tonelli's heroics.Also at #2 was Gord Dineen, who played five years and whose big moment was not a goal, but an assist. It was his burst of energy to pinch in and carry the puck around the net that led to Lafontaine's winner in the fourth overtime of the Easter Epic.[/sny-box]2Gerry Hart (1973-1979)Mike Hordy (1979-1980)Mike McEwen (1981-1983)Gord Dineen (1984-1988)Dean Chynoweth (1989-1992)Wayne McBean (1994)Chris Luongo (1994)Bob Beers (1995-1996)Rich Pilon (1997-2000)Branislav Mezei (2001-2002)Mattias Timander (2003-2004)Aaron Johnson (2008)Mark Streit (2009-2013)
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On Wednesday, the Islanders traded captain Mark Streit to the Flyers for a 4th rounder and minor-leaguer Shane Harper. It was practically a gift from Philly, which was apparently desperate for his negotiating rights. The Islanders had no use for Streit, as cold and business-like as that may sound, after the two sides were unable to come to terms on a new deal.?The final offer, according to ESPN, was three years at a bit under $5 million per.

With the way defenders are paid on the open market these days, and given Philly's apparent need to sign a good defender, he should get those numbers easily either from the Flyers or the open market. But it's unlikely that Streit gets to July 5, as if it's money Streit is seeking, Philly will make every attempt they can to get it to him. Last year, they attempted to offer sheet Shea Weber?and the Streit trade seems to be this year's strategy to obtain a defender.?They'll ?just have to clear cap space, which will likely happen by buying out Ilya Bryzgalov.

For the Islanders part, a player and fourth round pick is a nice return for a player they could not come to terms with (there's an argument to be made that they could or should have paid more to Streit, but once the decision was made not to, this is a fine route to go). And there will be defensive depth coming this fall and next to replace the aging veteran. In the trade they got a free pick in the draft and a free player although the player, Shane Harper, could be more of a throw in that Philly needed to get rid based on their contract situation and is a restricted free agent that the Islanders don't plan to qualify.

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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Mark Streit -- D -- #2

6-21-27 in 48 games

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Update, 9:25am: Welp, that's some timing. Darren Dreger reports that "Garth Snow says he has no intention of trading Mark Streit. $500,000 gap per year (3 yrs) in contract talks with his captain."Original story: The trade deadline is fast approaching, set for today at 3pm ET. Most likely, the

Islanders won?t be buyers or sellers; they?re caught in a middle ground where they shouldn?t sell for draft picks and shouldn?t give up a lot to buy.

With last night?s win, the team moved into a tie for seventh in the standings with New Jersey. It?s precarious -- only two points up on the ninth place Rangers ? but the team has won five-of-six and is in playoff position. To sell off NHL assets would jeopardize the closest the Islanders have been to the playoffs in the five years of this slow, slower, and still slower rebuild. On the other hand, the Islanders aren?t in the best position to buy. They have a lot of young prospects who are ready to jump into the lineup next season. Is it worth selling off some of those pieces to make a run at seventh or sixth in the conference? No, it?s not (also keep in mind the first names on opposing GM?s tongues will undoubtedly be Strome, Nelson or Niederreiter if Snow were to call about a rental). So today, the Islanders will probably be quiet neither selling nor buying but there is one exception: Mark Streit.

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On Twitter, TSN's Darren Dreger says that Wednesday morning could be the cutoff for Streit re-signing with the Islanders. After that, he could head to the trade market:

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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).

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The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3rd at 3pm ET right in the middle of next week, for what should be a nice distraction at work. The Islanders have a lot of veterans that could be traded and these veterans seem to have better value than those in years past.

Two defenders, Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky, are solid and could command a good return given the scarcity of good defenders around the league and the high price associated with such players. Just yesterday the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are in total 'screw it, let's go for it' mode thanks to their 12-game win streak, sent a pair of second round picks to San Jose for 33-year old rental defender Douglas Murray. This season Murray has been, er, disappointing in San Jose.

If Murray commands two picks -- either two second rounders or a second and a third depending on how things play out -- then shouldn't a healthy and offensively gifted Mark Streit be worth as much or more?

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The Islanders have a lot of decisions to make in the next couple weeks, as the trade deadline looms on April 3rd at 3pm. The team has a number of veteran free agents who could either be moved or re-signed, among them are Evgeni Nabokov, Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marty Reasoner and Tim Thomas.

In today's Newsday, Arthur Staple notes that talks are either underway or will be soon for Nabokov, Streit and Visnovsky. Visnovsky, obviously the longest shot of the three to re-sign, is at least open to listening. Whether that is just polite courtesy or actual interest, remains to be seen.

Brad Boyes, Staple mentions, is likely to be seriously talked to as well regarding a new deal. Boyes has been clicking extremely well with the first line and is third on the team in points.

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SYOSSET, N.Y ? The Islanders are headed down to the sunshine state, but they won?t be there to lounge on the beach and hit the clubs. Sitting just three points out of a playoff spot, the Islanders are headed there to try and win two important games.

They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night and then travel to Fort Lauderdale to battle the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

?We know the importance of going down to Tampa and Florida,? head coach Jack Capuano said after Wednesday?s practice. ?I think all the points right now, whether you get one or two, it?s huge? Points are crucial and it?s still a tight race. We?re right there, but we have to match the intensity level. Looking at Tampa they obviously have some firepower, there is no question, so playing sound defensively is going to be key for us.?

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Picture via last night's MSG Plus broadcast
A year ago we were piling on someone for marginalizing John Tavares, complete with Howie Rose's 'nuh-uh you better step off,' moment, which was really only missing a sassy finger snap.

And here we are today. Almost exactly a year later, and look at that statistic up there. Isn't it beautiful?

After last night's hat trick, Tavares sits tied for first in the league in goals with James Neal and Thomas Vanek, and is 6th in the league in points. Not far behind is Matt Moulson who is 10th in points with 17. Tavares has 20 points in 14 games this season, and is absolutely en fuego. Now if they can get some secondary scoring...

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One of the interesting notes about the first two games -- in addition to whether or not the Islanders system makes sense -- is how the Islanders handle ice time with their impact players. We're only two games in and already the team's most important players are playing huge minutes. Is that sustainable? Maybe, it only 48 games this year as opposed to 82 but not for everyone. Some of these players have already played half a season in other leagues.

It's only two games, so it's probably not best to take what's happened as a serious sign of things to come or to heap too much judgement on the team's decision making (as many took to ledges after Saturday's loss only to quickly step back yesterday afternoon). But one thing that has been apparent is that the team has leaned on its top players quite a bit after two games.

Here's a look at last year's ice time for the team (click to enlarge):

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As part of the new deal between the League and the Players, teams will have the opportunity to buyout two uninjured players this summer. But for whatever reason, teams couldn't buy anyone out right now. So what's a team with Wade Redden or Scott Gomez on it to do? Why pay them to sit at home and not get injured of course. That's just what the Rangers and Canadiens have been doing with Redden and Gomez. That is, until this weekend.

In a disturbingly fast amount of time (considering how long it took to end the lockout) the League and Players agreed to allow teams to use one of their compliance buyouts this season. As as of Saturday teams can put players making $3 million or more through waivers -- basically a formality -- and then will be free to buy them out after which the player can sign for another team or accept a minor league assignment. There's not much benefit for the team to do this. They'll still be dealing with the player's full cap hit all year. It's more of a way to allow the players to find an employer who wants them.

All that being said, it's not likely that Rick DiPietro would get bought out via this method. The Islanders could use a second goalie on the bench, as sitting Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson behind Nabokov for the year does those players no good. Also, in this special buyout period, the player has to agree to it. Rick DiPietro still wants to play and doesn't seem to mind doing it in an Islanders uniform.

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With 2012 behind us, it's time to take a look at what's ahead for the Islanders in the upcoming year. We've got seven burning questions that need to be, or are likely to be, addressed in the coming 12 months. First up though is one question about the NHL:



#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.

The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.

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On Tuesday, SC Bern laced up for a game against Ambri Piotta, one of their Swiss League opponents. Bern as you may know is the new home for Islanders hockey, with John Tavares and Mark Streit on the roster. The Euro Islanders?Bern won the game?5-3 with help from the two Isles, as Tavares scored twice and added an assist and Streit also had an assist. The highlight of the night was Streit's patented shot-pass, which found Tavares in the slot on the power play for a redirect goal. Tavares would also score the game's final tally with an empty netter from his own defensive zone.

You can watch highlights of the game here (video can't be embedded, sorry).

h/t to LHH

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Two weeks ago, Mark Streit signed with SC Bern in his home country of Switzerland. Today, Streit's got company as John Tavares has signed on with the Swiss team. According to SC Bern's website, Tavares will arrive on Tuesday and has signed on for two months. Tavares is the first North American born Islander to sign in Europe during the lockout and is also one of the club's NHLPA representatives, a sign that we could be in this lockout for the long haul.
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Wasting no time at all, Islanders captain Mark Streit and defender Lubomir Visnovsky signed with European clubs over the weekend. They'll be over there while the lockout is going on, and back here if the season does start back up.

Streit signed with Bern, a team in the Swiss league. Streit spent five seasons with Zurich in the same league prior to playing for the Canadiens in 2005-06.

Visnovsky continues an eventful summer with a trip back home to Slovakia. A change in the KHL rules for singing locked out players allowed the KHL club Bratislava to sign Visnovsky. He had previously played for Bratislava during the 2004 lockout and prior to coming to North America in 1999.

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