Injured defenseman Mark Streit is done for the year, the team announced Thursday morning. Despite attempts to return after a pre-season shoulder injury, Streit has not been cleared by doctors to play, and as such, will miss the remainder of the season.
Streit suffered a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder during an intrasquad scrimmage back in September. Streit underwent shoulder surgery soon after and rehabbed aggressively in an attempt to return before season's end.
Earlier this month, Streit said he wanted to play for Switzerland in the World Championships to be able to get some games in after missing so much time. It doesn't appear that he'll be able to do that now.
Streit was not available for comment today, but coach Jack Capuano and Streit's teammates said they felt awful for him.
"I feel bad for the kid," Capuano said. "I know how frustrated he must be. I could see it in his eyes today."
"It's got to be frustrating for him. He was pretty devastated when it happened and we all felt really bad for him. We really missed him this year. He's the type of player that--especially during that stretch--could've really won us some games.
Said Streit's rehab partner Kyle Okposo, who also suffered a pre-season shoulder injury:
"I can't even fathom how he feels. My situation was always better off than his (Okposo suffered a torn labrum) and I know how I felt."