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Garth Snow speaks about Mark Streit announcement

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Garth Snow spoke to the media this afternoon regarding the team’s announcement on Mark Streit earlier in the day. This is the transcript:


On when he’ll be ready to play…
He’ll be 100 percent for training camp and the clock just kind of winded down for him. He’s trained extremely hard to get back. He’s disappointed and we’re obviously disappointed he won’t be getting the medical clearance to play.

On why the team didn’t wait to make the announcement next week…
In conversations that I was having with the medical staff, it became clear that the time was winding down with the rehab process remaining regular season games. I know for me, we had the information, why not release it to you.

It’s just information that we had. Why wait?

On if the rehabilitation process took longer than expected…
Yeah, I mean every person is different. Every situation is unique. So we knew this could possibility be the scenario that played out.

On making the decision…
Well it’s not just me. It’s conversations with our trainer, the doctors, Mark, but he’s missed a significant amount of time in the regular season and we as an organization want what’s best for Mark and for us. For him to be 100 percent and raring to go in September is the most important thing for everyone involved.

On World Championships…
That’s a conversation that I haven’t really even had with the doctors and I haven’t talked with Mark (Streit) about it. I don’t foresee him playing in the World Championships.

On why he doesn’t feel comfortable having Streit play in the Worlds…
For me, I’m not comfortable with an injury of this nature. We’ve come this far in the healing process and the rehab, I’m not willing to take a risk like that.

On making the decision…
Well it’s not just me. It’s conversations with our trainer, the doctors, Mark, but he’s missed a significant amount of time in the regular season and we as an organization want what’s best for Mark and for us. For him to be 100 percent and raring to go in September is the most important thing for everyone involved.

On the thought of signing someone to replace Streit after the injury…
Yeah and we knew at the time, what had happened, that it was going to be a significant injury. He was one of the top quarterback power play defensemen in the league and I think I said it at the time, you don’t replace a player like Mark Streit in September or October. It would be tough to replace him on July 1. And we knew it was going to be a significant injury. I think as a group on defense, the silver lining – we get to see a guy like Travis Hamonic evolve and Andrew MacDonald playing the way he has this year. That’s also been a plus for us going in to next year. Those are positive signs.

On if sitting out for so long will affect his skill set…
He’s been practicing for a while, so it’s not like he’s sitting out. At this point, he hasn’t received any full contact, but for skill wise, I’m not too concerned about that because he has been skating and participating in practices where his skills are being utilized.

His preparation for next season will not be compromised at all. So whenever he starts skating, I think in most cases, it’s towards the end of July and August, in preparation for September camp.

On if this prognosis will affect his rehabilitation…
No, he’s going to continue his rehab.

On free agency…
It’s too early to predict what we’re going to do in free agency, but we are getting a top defenseman back from injury, much like we got Kyle (Okposo) midway through the season. It is like making a trade to improve your lineup.

On Mark Streit’s reaction to being told he would not play this season…
He was very disappointed. At the end of the day, the doctors and trainers and medical staff, I go by the information that I’m provided and there just isn’t enough time remaining for him to be a 100 percent I would think.
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