NHL Trade Talk: 6 Teams That Should Pursue Islanders' Mark Streit
Mark Streit appears to be an asset that the New York Islanders don't need.
The Islanders are not going to the make the playoffs. Again.
They have not made the playoffs since the 2006-07 season.
They have talent on the roster and one of the elite players in the league in John Tavares. They may eventually get to the NHL's promised land, but it won't be this year.
The Islanders have an honest and hard-working captain in Streit. The defenseman can carry the puck through the traffic and into the offensive zone and create opportunities. However, he will be a free agent in the offseason and he could leave the Islanders and bring nothing in return.
While he has said he wants to remain with the Islanders, there are no guarantees once the season ends (source: Newsday.com).
Trading him could bring a young player or two, or draft picks.
Streit is not a physical player and he has some defensive liabilities. Streit was minus-27 last year and is already minus-10 this year. But he has offensive talent (10 points in 2013) and can help any team that needs a decent puck carrier and help on its power play.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are still alive in the Western Conference when it would have been easy for them to sink like a stone this year.
They lost Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement, but the leadership of head coach Mike Babcock and the skills of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have allowed them to remain in contention for a playoff spot. They have 21 points as of Feb. 28 and are tied for eighth.
The Red Wings' power play has not been what it once was. Streit can give them an upgrade in that area since the Red Wings rank 20th in the league, converting on 15.9 percent of their power-play opportunities.
Streit would give them one more option with the man advantage and his ability to carry the puck swiftly would help them out and give them a much better chance to make the playoffs.
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings had a miserable start to their season and it appeared they were not going to have a chance to defend their Stanley Cup championship.
But Daryl Sutter's team has shaken off its slow start and they are back in the Stanley Cup mix. They are a tough, nasty and talented team that defeated the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings in their last two games.
However, the Kings could use a little refinement on the power play. They rank 23rd on the power play, connecting on 15.5 percent of their opportunities.
Mark Streit's ability to carry the puck through traffic could create far more opportunities for the Kings. One quick move into the zone and he could find a wide open Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards or Jeff Carter.
The Predators are easy to look past because they simply don't have the glamour or superstar players that many of the top contenders have in the NHL.
However, Barry Trotz will never let this serve as an excuse for this team. Even though the Preds lost defenseman Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild via free agency, the Predators are fourth in the Western Conference as of Feb. 28.
Nashville could use some help with its power play. The Predators have been pedestrian and have lacked creativity with the man advantage. They rank 24th, connecting on 14.5 percent of its power-play attempts.
Shea Weber gives them a big shot from the point, but Streit's vision could give the Predators just the edge on the power play that would turn a liability into an asset.
The Carolina Hurricane are far from a juggernaut in the NHL.
However, they play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, so they have a chance to get in the playoffs as the conference's No. 3 seed.
The Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning all have 19 points as of Feb. 28, but the Hurricanes have lost one fewer game than their rivals and that gives them first place in the division.
The Hurricanes could use quite a bit of help, and their power play is one of those areas in need. Carolina ranks 21st in the league, succeeding on 15.7 percent of its power-play opportunities.
Streit's ability to move the puck might open things up for Eric Staal and Jordan Staal and make the Canes more potent with the man advantage.
Stop if you've heard this before.
The Boston Bruins are perhaps the most dominant five-on-five team in the NHL. At the same time, the Bruins are almost always frustrated by their power-play performance.
The Bruins' power play was awful in 2011 when they won the Stanley Cup. It has varied between ordinary and abysmal since then.
The Bruins might be hesitant to go after Streit because Peter Chiarelli may feel he's seen that movie before. Chiarelli brought in Tomas Kaberle in 2011 and that acquisition turned out to be a disappointment.
But the Bruins should do something because they have the 27th-ranked power play in the league, succeeding on 13.6 percent of their man-advantage opportunities.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers have been the most disappointing team in the NHL.
At the start of the season, they appeared to be the clear-cut favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Rangers can't get out of their own way through the first two months of the season. The Rangers are in 11th place as of Feb. 28 with an 8-8-2 record.
They also have the worst power play in the league, succeeding on 11.1 percent of their attempts. If they could convince the Islanders to trade Streit across town, he could open things up with the man advantage.
Streit's defensive liabilities wouldn't sit well with head coach John Tortorella, but he has the skills carrying the puck to make the Rangers a better power play team.