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 that Streit, who is in the final season of a five-year, $20.5 million deal, is seeking a three-year extension for more than the $4.75 million per year Lubomir Visnovsky signed for on Friday. That may be too steep a commitment for Snow, but the same sources indicated the GM is not looking to unload Streit, given the Islanders' playoff push.
Streit has said repeatedly that he wants to remain with the Islanders beyond this season, and Pat Brisson, his agent -- also John Tavares' rep -- has been talking with Snow for more than a month about a new deal.
After Wednesday's deadline, the sides will have until July 5, the first day of free agency, to keep talking. Streit came into Tuesday night's game leading the Islanders defensemen with five goals and 13 assists, but his minus-15 rating was worst on the team.
Strome scores in AHL
While Anders Lee had a goal in his first period of NHL action Tuesday night against Winnipeg, Ryan Strome, the Isles' 2011 first-round pick, did the same in his pro debut with Bridgeport. Strome scored for the Sound Tigers in the opening period of their game in Worcester, Mass., a day after reporting to the team following the elimination of his Niagara squad from the OHL playoffs. Strome could be called up by the Islanders down the stretch.