Too many things to choose from for me, so I created two, and could have made several more.
Expected something on Streit in home media, not while writing this post above so title/topic changes.
Mark Streit had some heavily translated comments on why he is not resigning with the New York Islanders here that give the impression the Islanders offer was not the only issue for not resigning.
Only thing that matters is Streit's quoted comments:
"My decision not to renew with the Islanders, has nothing to do with the amount of the bid. The offer was fantastic, there is a lot of money. But after five years I am looking for a new challenge"
The article discusses contract numbers 4.5m vs 5.2m, I'm not sure where the writer was going in the heavily translated article unless the writer believes Snow went to the Dolan-owned Newsday in some manner, however there is no direct quote from Streit on that.
Streit made clear after the playoffs he wanted to return.
After a year of Visnovsky translation it's tough to guess . I do not speak the writers language so my problem.
Bottom line it's highly unlikely Streit is returning which is a player this franchise cannot replace on offense, and a huge loss. He came back from a year off, took the captaincy, and found Steve Staios, Matt Carkner, Radek Martinek as his defensive partners the last year, and a half.
Other teams took liberties, and put heavy pressure on Streit, finishing their checks.
Few defenders in this league distribute the puck on the rush as well, or can quarterback a powerplay on the level Streit does.