Here are some quick hits to get you caught up on the big news over the weekend. Check back later today for some more on the Isles, Rangers and Devils, including a glimpse of the ESPN The Magazine Power Rankings that will be released today.
The Islanders’ playoff hopes took an enormous hit during Saturday’s practice as Mark Streit reportedly suffered a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff that will sideline the team’s top do-everything defenseman for six months, according to Newsday. A TSN report lists the Swiss D-man as out indefinitely after falling awkwardly into the boards following a check by teammate Matt Moulson.
Last season, Streit was the Islanders’ ice-time leader by a wide margin, and given his offensive skill set, replacing him may be altogether impossible. Blue line depth was already a problem for the Islanders, who brought in D James Wisniewski to help over the summer. Now Wisniewski and his fellow blueliners are all moved up a peg. Whether or not they can handle that responsibility will likely tell the Islanders’ playoff fortunes for this season.
If the Islanders look outside the organization for help they could turn to the Edmonton Oilers, who are still shopping Sheldon Souray. The Devils’ Bryce Salvador is no replacement for Streit, but he’s on the market as well, as the Devs look to free up cap space after signing Ilya Kovalchuk. And given the latest roster move by the Rangers, there’s always another option …
The inevitable happened Saturday as Wade Redden was placed on waivers without even suiting up for a preseason game. He missed the first game against the Devils to be with his wife while she gave birth to their first child. He was waived before the second game on Saturday -- another win for the Blueshirts.
The move gets the Rangers below the salary cap for this season and gives them an additional $2.45 million of room. As for Redden, he will clear waivers at noon ET Monday. If he goes unclaimed (more than likely) he must report to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford to protect the remaining $23 million (and four years) owed to him on his contract.
Also on the salary cap front, there may finally be some movement as the Devils try to get below the ceiling. According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, the Avalanche are reportedly interested in acquiring Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner if GM Lou Lamoriello were to make him available.
With a young roster, the addition of Langenbrunner would add some veteran leadership and the Avs have more than enough cap space to absorb Langenbrunner’s $2.8 million hit for this season. Langenbrunner already has some chemistry with the Avs' Paul Stastny; the two skated on a line with Zach Parise at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Any deal would require Langenbrunner’s approval however, as he has a no trade clause.