Source: Edmonton Journal
At least as long back as June, the Edmonton Oilers have been reported as having interest in New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit. Take, for instance, this blog piece by the Journal's own Jim Matheson dated June 28:
Lots of people are tossing out Streit's name. Dusty Nielson at The Team brought it up Friday. So did Bob Stauffer on his show, and Doug MacLean on SportsNet. I have heard it, too, if only because the new Oilers coach Ralph Krueger used to coach Streit on the Swiss national team. Nobody would know Streit better than Krueger, who is a big fan. The problem is Streit, who has had 62, 56, 49 and 47 points the past four years, has just one year left on his five-year contract, then he's UFA. How much do you give up for a guy who might only be an Oiler for one season, plus he's 35 in November? The Islanders are way below the cap floor and need Streit's $4.1 million salary; if they were to move him they would theoretically want the same money back, or thereabouts.
According to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman today, the Oilers were indeed interested in the high-end Swiss blueliner. Unfortunately for them, the Islanders weren't especially interested in dealing the player away:
Couple other Edmonton notes (should point out Krueger is not the source for any of this): think the Oilers, desperately searching for defencemen, took a long look at Islander Mark Streit. Garth Snow would not address that, but did say via text message, "I have no intention to trade Streit."
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