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Mark Streit wants to return to Islanders next season

Mark Streit of the Islanders speaks to the

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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...

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Brian Strait, Mark Streit likely to skate alongside Travis Hamonic on first-line defense

Mark Streit celebrates his third-period goal against the

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Pittsburgh -- Jack Capuano wouldn't say who will play on the top defensive pair with Travis Hamonic in place of Andrew MacDonald, who is out for the remainder of the postseason with a broken hand. 

That spot most likely will go to either Brian Strait or Mark Streit. If it's Strait, that would be quite a jump from the beginning of this season, when the Isles scooped him...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Mark Streit

BUFFALO -- Mark Streit may be at the tail end of his Islanders career, and a two-year run as captain. He’s still unsigned beyond this season and it will take some compromise for the 35-year-old to remain an Islander.

Still, Streit -- who is sixth all-time in franchise scoring by a defenseman -- has been through the tough times. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” playoff thoughts:

“It’s really...

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16 Islanders on verge of first NHL playoff experience

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night, and we’ve discussed over and over how it would be the first appearance for the long list of homegrown players on this roster.

Of the 27 Isles currently on the roster, 16 would be in an NHL postseason for the first time. That includes John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and the other obvious ones.

But...

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Mark Streit apparently not signing pact with Islanders before trade deadline

Mark Streit follows through on a pass during

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Mark Streit will not be signing a contract extension before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, it appears.

But unless Islanders general manager Garth Snow receives a trade offer than he couldn't possibly refuse -- and that would have to include a first-round draft pick -- Streit, the Islanders captain, still will be with them through the end of the season.

Sources told Newsday...

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Islanders go shopping for children

Kyle Okposo goes on a shopping spree for

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Members of the New York Islanders shopped for gifts at Toys 'R' Us in Carle Place that will be delivered next week to sick children at local hospitals....

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Islanders grow 'staches for prostate cancer awareness

Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The New York Islanders rocked their mustaches for prostate cancer awareness. Mark Streit, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and others give their thoughts on how to maintain a mustache and which Islander wears it best.

Enjoy the embedded video above....

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