Islanders don't want to disturb chemistry, stand pat
WASHINGTON -- The Islanders were silent on deadline day.
General manager Garth Snow was unable to come to contract extension terms with either captain Mark Streit or goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, but neither was in danger of being dealt as the hours wound down to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Snow was never interested in the rental market, acquiring or selling off players with expiring contracts. He did have a few discussions about trades, he said, but nothing that fit his team.
"I'm confident with the guys we have in that locker room," Snow told Newsday. "I didn't want to disrupt the chemistry that's been built over the last few months."
The Islanders moved into the top eight in the Eastern Conference with Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Jets and the only pieces they've added this season are from their own prospect pool: Anders Lee, the Isles' sixth-round pick in 2009, scored his first NHL goal on his first shot on Tuesday.
The Isles activated Jesse Joensuu off the suspended list Wednesday. He has been skating with the team for several weeks after sports hernia surgery and could be added as rosters expanded at midnight on Tuesday.
But other than that, there were no deals. Snow had calls on a few of his veteran depth players, most notably defenseman Radek Martinek, but the GM believes he needs those veterans for the playoff push over the final 11 games, beginning with Thursday night's matchup against the Capitals.
Snow and Streit's representatives are believed to be less than $1 million per year apart on a proposed three-year extension. But even if Streit leaves when free agency opens on July 5, Snow had no interest in moving Streit for draft picks with the team on the cusp of their first playoff berth since 2006-07.
"For me, today is not a deadline in that regard," Snow said. "We're in a playoff position right now and I feel the guys we have will be able to fortify it and take the next step."