Vancouver makes a huge splash as the deadline approaches
Mark Streit comes to Vancouver in a final hour trade.
Vancouver 1st 2013
"We felt like we had a Top-5-10 defensive core in the league previously with a crop of great blueliners in Edler, Bieksa, Hammer, Garrison, Ballard and Tanev. We are serious about the cup and in Streit we saw a chance to bring in a #1 Dman to a team stocked with talent already. We're going to test him in a pairing with Alex Edler, Streit's offensive ability could be ideal ala an Edler-Ehrhoff pairing we previously used. Edler is capable of playing right-side, as he logged most of his minutes there for us last season. We know both players prefer the left-side more, so if split them we run 3 pairings that are all capable of logging huge minutes.
Keith Ballard IS a Top-4 defenseman in this league but his past few years it became clear he just wasn't playing to his full ability on our team. We wish him the best in a renewed role on Long Island. The loss of a 1st hurts, but we have Florida's 2nd 2013 to offset the loss.
With deadline quickly approaching, Isles deal Streit to Vancouver
After taking over as the GM of the Islanders, my number one priority was to resign Mark Streit. However as the day progressed it became more and more apparent that we were not going to be able to sign him to a deal that would make sense for the franchise.
This deal brings 2 important pieces to the franchise. In Keith Ballard we feel we have acquired a serviceable top 4 defenseman who we hope can return to form playing in a less intense hockey market. He will get every opportunity to show he can play top 4 minutes for the remainder of the season. The first round pick gives us some nice flexibility going into a very deep draft.
The Islanders would like to thank Mark for everything he has done for the franchise and wish him the best in Vancouver in his pursuit of a cup.
Not much to say. No brainer for us. Booth's injury history is scary, and he is a natural LW. Stewart's ceiling is high, already hitting a 60pt season in his career. We're expecting big things from our Lupul-Kesler-Stewart line.