Mark Streit Out Six Months

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According to Katie Strang’s Twitter feed, all-star defenseman Mark Streit will be out approximately six months with a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum suffered as a result of a hit during yesterdays intrasquad scrimmage at Nassau Coliseum.

This is a tough, tough loss for the Islanders – who were going to be riding a solid defensive pairing on the power play in Streit and newly acquired James Wisniewski.

According to Newsday’s Strang, the Islanders will be looking to bring in someone on a tryout basis the remainder of camp – but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of roster move here to bring in extra help on the back end.

Update! 3:30pm

Katie Strang just updated her Newsday blog with some extra information, including who has been invited in for a tryout.

She also reports that Kyle Okposo will also see a specialist for his ailing shoulder as well, there is currently no timetable for his return.

Now, all these injuries – especially major injuries begs this question: Exactly how much contact, is too much contact for training camp? Do the benefits outweigh the risks here? Especially losing a player like Streit for such a long period of time well before the season even begins.

The hit was labeled as “flukish” yesterday by Head Coach Scott Gordon, but I still wouldn’t want to be in Matt Moulson’s shoes right now – but it’s all part of the game I suppose.

Michael Schuerlein

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