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04-02-2008, 01:41 PM
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Streit Defensively...?

Streit offensively has obviously impressed alot this season and it would be a shame to let him go in the offseason. I think his importance to our team is underrated and he has shown his worth over the last few months.

I don't watch enough games to know his liabilities defensively? He's played around 200 games in the NHL and do you think he can still improve this aspect of his game to eventually be a solid 5th-6th D-man with power play responsibilities? I know players like Ozolinsh struggled with this as well. Or maybe his liabilities have been exaggerated?

It would be great if he could resign for 5 years and be in our defense permanently, stead of this floating role. He's not fit for the 4th line really. The guy could put up 50 points per year for the next 5 years. What does everybody think?

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It's pretty bad. At the beginning of the season I thought his lack of defensive play was overblown by everyone here, but watching him more I realize he kind of sucks back there. Although yesterday I don't recall any glaring mistakes (Ottawa played like **** anyways), that Buffalo game he got burned and looked like a rookie, never winning any puck battles in the corners.

I wouldn't re-sign him to more than 2 years, could bite this team in the ass having a 4th liner locked up that long. With defencemen like Carle and Emelin in the system, the PP wouldn't suffer a great deal.

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He's definitely a liability, worst defenseman on the team when it comes to his defensive game. He's soft on the puck, he makes poor decisions, he's easily pressured and honestly Brisebois has looked better with Hamrlik than Streit did.

Streit is a very nice player to have on any team, great PP weapon, excellent offensive instincts, versatile... but I don't think it's wise to have him take a regular shift on the blue line. He'd have to get a lot stronger physically.

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He's a great puckmover and PP specialist, but his lack of size and strength prevents him from being a reliable 2 way defenseman.

I think he may be gone after July 1st. He could fetch upwards of 4 million on the open market and I don't see Gainey investing that much into a #5 d or 4th line forward.

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Streit is completely able to play defence. He needs to play with a guy like Hamrlik or a big defensive defenceman tho, since his play is only average at best in the D-zone.

I see no problems to see him play regular defence next year.

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Don't you guys think he's special offensively? Especially on the power play? He's our third leading scorer. Not sure how to keep him in our team long-term.

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He's like Brisebois defensively (who has played increasingly better, I might add). He'll get pushed around, will get keyed in on by big forwards looking to exploit his side of the ice (especially if he's paired with Hammer). They both have great outlet passes, though.

He's worth resigning, if only for what he brings on the powerplay. One of the saving graces is the fact that he's trying. He's putting himself in the shooting lanes to block shots, and he'll take the hit to make the play. It's admirable, but I'd be pretty hesitant to put him on defense for anything but a stop-gap in defensive situations/lead preservations.

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Hes really not as bad defensively as people make him seem to be. Hes a great puck mover with a nice first pass. To his defence, hes been shipped around too often from D to O. Hes good when paired with a big physical D like yesterday with OByrne. # 5-6 PP specialist D-man a bit like Corvo.

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Hes really not as bad defensively as people make him seem to be. Hes a great puck mover with a nice first pass. To his defence, hes been shipped around too often from D to O. Hes good when paired with a big physical D like yesterday with OByrne. # 5-6 PP specialist D-man a bit like Corvo.
Do you think there is a place for that type of player on a cup contender? I like the Corvo comparison. Is having 5 defensively responsible defenseman and 1 defensively weak okay? Or does everybody on defense need to be reliable.

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Do you think there is a place for that type of player on a cup contender? I like the Corvo comparison. Is having 5 defensively responsible defenseman and 1 defensively weak okay? Or does everybody on defense need to be reliable.
Why put him on D while he's good on offense and when we have 8 defensemen that are better than him?

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Streit offensively has obviously impressed alot this season and it would be a shame to let him go in the offseason. I think his importance to our team is underrated and he has shown his worth over the last few months.

I don't watch enough games to know his liabilities defensively? He's played around 200 games in the NHL and do you think he can still improve this aspect of his game to eventually be a solid 5th-6th D-man with power play responsibilities? I know players like Ozolinsh struggled with this as well. Or maybe his liabilities have been exaggerated?

It would be great if he could resign for 5 years and be in our defense permanently, stead of this floating role. He's not fit for the 4th line really. The guy could put up 50 points per year for the next 5 years. What does everybody think?
defensively he's like brisebois except with more points.

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Why put him on D while he's good on offense and when we have 8 defensemen that are better than him?
8?? I only count 6....... 7 if you put breezer....

Markov, Komi, Hammer, Georges, Bouillion, OByrne..... where are 7 and 8??

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Hes really not as bad defensively as people make him seem to be. Hes a great puck mover with a nice first pass. To his defence, hes been shipped around too often from D to O. Hes good when paired with a big physical D like yesterday with OByrne. # 5-6 PP specialist D-man a bit like Corvo.
Corvo is a better skater and more physical than Streit.

Streit has no bussiness to play defense on a contending team IMO we should not re-sign him and let Hamrlik run our pp with markov !

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