In one bizarre play during the Islanders' intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, Mark Streit saw his whole summer's worth of training ruined when he went down with a painful injury to his left shoulder. And although that injury will likely sideline him for six months, the 32-year-old Swiss defenseman is trying to stay upbeat.
"I'm really disappointed," Streit said when reached by phone Monday. "I was shocked, obviously, when it happened. I knew it was going to be a pretty serious injury, but I'm just now starting to realize I'm really going to miss some time.
"Things happen out there. It's unfortunate, but I can't change it and I'm just thinking positively and trying to move forward. I'll get the best solution possible - whether that's surgery or whatever I need - and after that, I'll start rehabbing and trying to come back as soon as possible."
Streit will likely require surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, torn labrum and possible dislocation. Several sources say he's expected to miss six months.
The injury was suffered during the third period of the team's Orange vs. Blue scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum. Streit said he stopped to change direction and was hit by teammate Matt Moulson, causing him to fall awkwardly and reach out with his left arm to break his fall.
"I knew then that my shoulder was probably dislocated," Streit said. "It's unfortunate, but I'm definitely not blaming him. It's a sport and things like that happen."
Streit said he talked to Moulson and assured him he was not at fault for the freakish accident.
"It's unfortunate I'm going to miss a lot of time, but other guys are capable of carrying the load," Streit said. Streit will await an evaluation from shoulder specialist Dr. Anthony Miniaci of the Cleveland Clinic before setting a date for surgery or definitive timetable.
"Most importantly, I'm going to stay positive," Streit said. "I'm a big believer that a positive attitude and positive feelings heal the body quicker."
Notes & quotes: Former Ranger Jed Ortmeyer accepted a training camp tryout and is expected to arrive Tuesday . . . Kirill Kabanov was sent back to his junior team, the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League . . . A prognosis is expected Tuesday for Kyle Okposo, who went to a shoulder specialist Monday for an evaluation.