Streit Out Of Luck, D-Man To Miss Six Months Of Action
Just as fans were getting a taste of what the regular season might look like with James Wisniewski and Mark Streit paired together on the blue-line, the Isles number one defenseman would suffer an injury that would prevent him from finishing the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage that was held yesterday at the Nassau Coliseum.
In a game that featured most of the Islanders regular skaters in addition to a few prospects, Matt Moulson and Streit would come together along the boards with Streit receiving the worst of the exchange. He was forced to depart the ice and was later seen leaving the rink sporting a sling. Although the official announcement hasn't been made by the Islanders just yet, Katie Strang of Newsday reported today that Streit suffered a torn rotator cuff and labrum and will need surgery that will sideline him for six months. The Islanders so far have only stated that that he is out indefinitely.
Just as Rick DiPietro starts to appear healthy and ready to go, the Isles lose their number one defenseman. Although they added depth in Wisniewski, Eaton and Juricina to play along with Martinek, Hillen, Gervais and MacDonald, it is unrealistic to expect these defenseman to be capable of replacing the offensive production that Streit brought to the table on a nightly basis.
Sheldon Souray's name immediately popped up on Twitter as speculation starts to arise as to what General Manager Garth Snow will do next. There's no secret that the Oilers have been trying hard to trade away the big defenseman for some time now. Chris Botta pointed out on Twitter that 41 year old defenseman Mathieu Schneider is close with Snow. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Soon after Strang's news broke out on the web, the Islanders announced that five veterans will be attending the rest of training camp. The list includes goaltenders Manny Legace and Joel Martin, defenseman Anders Eriksson, and forwards Kris Kolanos and Dean McAmmond. Many fans will remember that McAmmond spent some time with the Islanders after being acquired in a trade that sent Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli to the Ottawa Senators for Dean and a first round pick. That pick was later moved and used to draft Calvin de Haan.
One can only hope that he will recover faster than expected. But as it stands now, the Islanders are Streit out of luck.
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