Feb 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils center Stephen Gionta (11, right) and New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11, left) and New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit (2) during the third period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Ottawa Senators Target Mark Streit Or Lubomir Visnovsky As A Karlsson Stop-Gap?

Obviously the hole left by the loss of Erik Karlsson cannot be filled by one person, but it is becoming plainly obvious that the Senators need another defenseman who is capable of providing some offense, if not in terms of points, at least in terms of defensive zone escapability and power play presence.

The Islanders, who the Sens will be playing this afternoon, have two players on their blue line that would provide two things the Senators would want: 1) offensive creativity and power play production; and 2) a contract that expires after this season.


Mark Streit has 11  points in 21 games this season, including 7 points on the power play (2G, 5A).  While his -12 rating might be of some concern, remember that he does play for the Islanders, who only have 2 players in the pluses.  He leads the Islanders in time on ice, logging more than 25 minutes per game.  He is in the final year of a 5 year, $20.5M contract with a cap hit of $4.1M.  With cap space not an issue in Ottawa, it would mean the addition of about $1.2M in actual salary for the rest of the season should they acquire him. He has put his time in on the Island, and at 35 years of age, would be likely looking to catch on with a contender next season to try to win a cup, so the Islanders might be willing to move him rather than lose him for nothing in the off-season.

Lubomir Visnovsky, on the other hand, never really wanted to be an Islander to begin with.  He was traded at last summer’s draft from the Ducks, and he greived the trade because he thought he had a no-trade clause. He was late reporting to the Islanders, but has 6 points in just 11 games.  He has 4 power play assists and is one of the two Islanders skaters with a plus rating of +1.  Like Streit, he is in the final year of his contract, carrying a bigger cap hit ($5.6M) but a lower actual salary ($3M). I am sure he would jump at the opportunity to get onto a contender, or at least off the Island.  At 36, his time could be running out as well, and you can almost guarantee that he will not be back in New York.  Adding Visnovsky would be an additional investment of less than $1M to the current salary, as the cap hit would be inconsequential for Ottawa.

Streit and Visnovsky represent the two best options for providing at least a little bit of what they are missing in Karlsson’s absence, and although neither one of them are going to fill the entire void, a goal here and there would be more than the options currently at Paul MacLean‘s disposal.  It might mean giving up a mid-level prospect or draft pick, and it would be up to Bryan Murray to decide if the need and the price are worth it for a rental.  The Islanders are still in the playoff hunt, but barely, and if they drop off they might be ready to deal.



Tags: Erik Karlsson Lubomir Visnovsky Mark Streit New York Islanders Ottawa Senators

  • Pserve

    Islanders are barely in the playoff hunt??? They’re 3 points out of the 8th spots with 26 games left.

    • sodom

      This writer Jared seems to have the Isles players all figured out. Perhaps if he did some research…..

    • Jared Crozier

      The Isles were 5 points out with 6 teams to pass when I wrote the article. Nearly impossible to make up that ground. Theres a reason why the 8 teams in a playoff spot in December usually make the playoffs. If they are still in the mix in a month, then feel free to let me have it.

  • [email protected]

    NY newspapers report that Streit’s expected to sign a extension and it’ll take more then a decent prospect or pick to acquire Visnovsky.

    • Jared Crozier

      Hey, If Striet resigns on the Island, good for him, and good for the Isles. Visnovsky I stand by, he won’t fetch more than a combination of mid range picks (2nd or below) or a combination with a prospect. I think you are overvaluing him.

    • Jared Crozier

      I was merely suggesting targets that Ottawa could use to bridge the gap to Karlsson’s return. Don’t take it as an indictment of the Isles.

  • roof129

    Hey Jocko, check your facts, Streit is in negotiations to extend his contract, and Lubo was had for a 2nd rounder so it will take at least that in a trade. There is also a dearth of quality defenseman available and a huge demand throughout the league. The Sens are not the only team that will have interest, which will drive up the price, if there is one. Nabokov stayed and loves The Island, why won’t Lubo. Do all Islander fans a favor, say thank you for taking Yashin off your hands and go back to enjoying your Captains last years.

    • Jared Crozier

      Vishnovsky had a year left on a contract and got a 2nd round pick in return. Now he is a rental for 1 month.

  • Neologizer

    Mid level prospect or draft pick for either one? Where do people get the idea that top line Dmen can be had at such a price. Better yet give some examples

    • Jared Crozier

      Pavel Kubina last season. Expiring contract, traded from Tampa to Philly for a low level prospect named Jon Kalinski, a conditional 2nd round pick in either 12 or 13 and a 4th round pick.

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