September 26, 2010
Huge blow to the New York Islanders defense (and offense) this afternoon with the news that Mark Streit(notes) will miss the next six months with a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, according to Newsday's Katie Strang. The injury needs surgery, but as Strang reported, Streit will seek a second opinion.
Streit injured the shoulder after falling into the boards after a collision with forward Matt Moulson(notes) during yesterday's team scrimmage. Islanders Point Blanks' Chris Botta reported that Streit was seen leaving Nassau Coliseum with his arm in a sling as Islander fans prayed for good news.
With this gaping hole on the blueline, let the rumors of the Islanders dealing for Sheldon Souray(notes) or even bringing in New York Rangers castoff Wade Redden(notes) begin. Strang also reported that the team would look to bring in players on training camp tryouts. The team announced five tryout invites this afternoon, including one defenseman, Anders Eriksson(notes).
Looking at CapGeek's list of available free-agent defensemen, there's not one who can come close to filling Streit's skates unless 41-year old Mathieu Schneider(notes) can find a time machine and become five years younger. Streit has scored 27 goals (19 on the power play) and 105 points in his two seasons with the Islanders.
The Islanders have plenty of room under the salary cap. Bringing in Souray would help replenish a power play that will suffer without Streit. It's only a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers defenseman is dealt, and now with Streit's issue and the Islanders having a need to fill, Steve Tambellini should be picking up the phone to call Garth Snow sometime this afternoon.