Streit up: Islanders’ captain turns down offer

Former New York Islanders captain Mark Streit, right, of Switzerland, keeps the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning's Teddy Purcell during the first period of the NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

It appears as if Mark Streit’s days in Long Island are numbered.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the veteran defenceman — who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 — has turned down the New York Islanders’ most recent offer, and that the two sides are far apart in contract requirements.

The 35-year-old Streit is believed to be looking for an annual salary north of $5.5-million per season, while the Isles reportedly made a three-year offer for $4.75-million per season.

In a weak free agent market for defenceman, the Islanders’ captain could be in line to receive a four-year deal that could pay him up to $6 million annually.

After missing 2010-11 with a shoulder injury, Streit returned to the Isles in 2011-12 and led the team’s defencemen in scoring with 47 points. This past season, the native of Englisberg, Switzerland, registered six goals and 21 assists in a lockout-shortened campaign, and five points in a first-round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In his career, Streit has notched 288 points — 65 goals and 223 assists — in 491 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Islanders.

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