Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 6/8/13

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 12: Mark Streit #2 of the New York Islanders moves the puck during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Coliseum on January 12, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images The news throughout all Nashville sports media in the last off-season was the unfortunate departure of Ryan Suter. The Predators looked to Roman Josi to step into the sizable hole left by Suter and he did a fantastic job. The main issue wasn’t the stop-gap of losing one half of the dynamic duo, it was the trickle-down effect on the other two defensive lines. This off-season, the Predators have more than enough room to start filling in their roster with players of a higher caliber instead of going to the cupboard year after year. Islanders captain, defenseman Mark Streit, has also said he doesn’t want to return to the organization. The issue is money, something the Predators will presumably not be short on going into the 2013-2014 season. Mark Streit had 27 points this year (six goals, 21 assists) and turned it on in the playoffs with a two goal, three assist outburst in six games. He consistently ranks amongst the top defenseman in points scored year
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