WASHINGTON -- Mark Streit is not one to keep his true thoughts hidden, so he readily admitted to thinking about what might happen in the days leading up to Wednesday's trade deadline. Especially after Pat Brisson, Streit's agent, and Islanders general manager Garth Snow could not come to terms on a contract extension before Wednesday.
Snow had told his captain he would not trade him, but "if you're in a situation like that, I don't think it's possible not to think about it,'' Streit said Thursday afternoon after the team's skate at the Verizon Center. "I think that's normal for anyone. We're not machines. But you try to get used to it and just make sure you do what you need to do as a player.''
Streit still very much wants to remain an Islander beyond this season, even though the stalemate between his agent and Snow wouldn't seem to be closing anytime soon. With the deadline past, he wants to focus on the final 11 games, including Thursday night's, and save contract talk for the offseason.
"I'm done talking about that and thinking about that,'' Streit said. "We need everyone here thinking about playing well and helping the team, myself included. We'll see after the season what happens [with the contract]."
NHL goal in his debut on Tuesday but watched Thursday night's game from the press box. Lee also was on the ice for both goals by the Jets in Tuesday's 5-2 win, and the Islanders still haven't had a full-team practice since Lee signed out of Notre Dame on Monday. Given that the Islanders were on the road and that the home team has the final line change, Jack Capuano said he was concerned about matchups. Marty Reasoner, a healthy scratch Tuesday, went back into the lineup as the fourth-line center between Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin.