Mark Streit had five points in six playoff games for the New York Islanders. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes Need To Stay Away From Mark Streit

With the recent news that Mark Streit would not be re-signing with the New York Islanders, some Canes fans may think that Streit would be a good option to help the blue line. But Streit is not the defenseman the Hurricanes should be looking at.

Mark Streit had five points in six games in the 2013 NHL Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

For one, Streit is looking for a big paycheck. He reportedly wants $5.5 million a year for three years. The Switzerland native may be worth that much – he is arguably the best defenseman in a thin UFA market and can still run a first unit powerplay, but with only $7 million in cap space, Streit is not worth that much room to the Canes.

But the most important reason is that Streit does not fill a need for the Canes.

He is great offensively, but mediocre defensively. He has come a long way since signing with the Isles in 2008, but he is no shutdown defenseman. In their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins Jack Capuano tried to keep Streit away from Sidney Crosby and used him in sheltered minutes instead.

The Hurricanes also have plenty of offensive defensemen in Justin Faulk, Joni Pitkanen and Jamie McBain.

If the Canes needed a puck-moving defenseman, they would have to look no further than Streit, but the need is a defensive one and should spend what little cap space they have more wisely.

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