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Mark Streit wants to return to Islanders next season
Mark Streit is headed for a short vacation before returning home to Switzerland for the offseason, but he's also headed into the unknown.
The Islanders captain is one of three key unrestricted free agents who departed Nassau Coliseum Tuesday unsure of what this summer holds.
"I've said it all along, I want to be back," Streit said. "I love it here, I love Long Island and the organization has been great to me. I've been here five years."
Pat Brisson, Streit's agent, and Isles general manager Garth Snow were set to resume talks that halted at the April 3 trade deadline, when Snow was not ready to agree to Streit's request for a three-year deal in the $16-million range.
It is unknown whether either side is interested in agreeing to different terms. If not, the 35-year-old Streit will be in high demand when free agency begins on July 5.
Snow is also still talking with the agents for Evgeni Nabokov and Brad Boyes, both of whom completed one-year deals. Boyes was a true bargain at $1 million this season.
"When you get to the start of free agency, it doesn't matter if you’re Alex Ovechkin or someone like me, it's pretty nerve-wracking," Boyes said. "I hope it doesn’t get that far. I came here with something to prove and I think I did that."