Captain To Reportedly Hit Free Agency After 5 Seasons In N.Y.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Islanders captain Mark Streit will be available to the highest bidder this offseason, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Streit turned down New York’s “best offer” ahead of free agency and “will not return,” Staple reported Tuesday via Twitter.

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The Islanders signed Streit to a five-year, $20.5 million contract in July 2008. He was drafted by Montreal in the ninth round of the 2004 draft.

The 35-year-old defenseman played all 48 regular-season games this season, leading the surprising Islanders to a playoff berth. He posted six goals and 27 points in 2012-13.

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Streit told reporters he’d like to return just last month in the days following New York’s postseason ouster.

“I’ve said it all along, I want to be back,” he said, according to Newsday. “I love it here, I love Long Island and the organization has been great to me.”

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