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.