Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is congratulated after scoring a goal...

Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is congratulated after scoring a goal during the first period against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. (March 30, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

According to multiple sources, Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is out six months with an injured left shoulder and will likely require surgery. Initial test results indicate a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, but the 32-year-old defenseman may have also suffered a dislocation.

Streit, who suffered the injury during the third period of Saturday's Orange vs. Blue scrimmage, will seek out a second opinion this week. He is expected to visit shoulder specialist Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic, the same doctor that repaired Doug Weight's shoulder back in March.

Streit hurt his shoulder during the third period of the team's intra-squad scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum Saturday. Streit was hit by Matt Moulson and fell into the boards awkwardly in what both Moulson and coach Scott Gordon called a "fluke play."

"That's something you'd see on a daily basis in practice and nothing would happen. Everything just went wrong on one play," Scott Gordon said when reached by telephone Sunday. "I've watched it a few times and I don't think there's anything [Moulson] should even second-guess himself about."

After the play, Streit was doubled over in pain and skated off the ice clutching his left shoulder.

According to one source, his shoulder was out of socket for 20 minutes. Streit, who was in severe pain, had to be given tranquilizers so medical staff could pop it back into place, which seemingly indicates a dislocation.

Moulson, who received a cross-checking penalty on the play, felt terrible about what happened.

"I know it was a fluke, but I still felt bad," Moulson told Newsday for Sunday's print edition. "Never like to see someone go down."

The loss of Streit is a crushing blow to the Islanders. Streit was not only the cornerstone of the team's defense, but also the power-play quarterback and one of the team's offensive threats. He also provided the room with veteran leadership as an alternate captain last season.

And although the team made a concerted effort to bolster their back end this off-season by adding defensemen James WIsniewski, Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina, Streit's absence will have a certain impact.

"I don't think anyone replaces him," Gordon said. "You're talking about a guy that was in the top three in scoring on our team as a defenseman. That's pretty hard to match that; guys that do that are All-Stars. I like who we have, but you can't expect them to be Mark Streit. If everyone turns up their play a certain percentage, hopefully that makes up the difference."



The Islanders, who have declared Streit as "out indefinitely" until he sees a specialist, are bringing in one defenseman on a training camp tryout--former Ranger Anders Eriksson. In addition to Eriksson, the Islanders will also bring in forwards Dean McAmmond and Krys Kolanos and goaltenders Many Legace and Joel Martin.

(The goaltenders are not being brought in because of anything to do with Rick DiPietro, I've been told. Both Lawson and Poulin are battling some lingering soreness that the Isles don't want them to push, hence Legace. Legace will not be in until Tuesday, however, hence Joel Martin. Martin was headed to Bridgeport camp originally and will do that once Legace comes to camp. As for the forwards, I'm assuming that's because of the Islanders minor but mounting injuries and the team's two days of split-split squad games.)

****On a less dramatic shoulder injury note, Kyle Okposo will see an additional shoulder specialist Monday; timetable is expected by Tuesday

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