NHL notes: Isles' Streit to become unrestricted free agent

Montreal Canadiens Tomas Plekanec (14) is defended by the New York Islanders Mark Streit (2) during...

Montreal Canadiens Tomas Plekanec (14) is defended by the New York Islanders Mark Streit (2) during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Uniondale, New York, March 5, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Looks like defenceman Mark Streit is on his way out of Long Island.

According to Newsday, the New York Islanders captain turned down the team's "best offer" and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's finishing up a five-year, $20.5 million deal.

Streit previously told Newsday how much he wanted to stay with the Islanders but, clearly, money talks.

"I've said it all along, I want to be back," he said. "I love it here, I love Long Island and the organization has been great to me."

Streit, 35, led the Islanders defencemen in scoring this season and was tied with John Tavares for the team playoff scoring lead while averaging more than 20 minutes per game. He is expected to be one of the most sought-after defencemen on the free-agent market this year.

NEW UNIS FOR 'CANES

The Carolina Hurricanes tweaked their look Tuesday, unveiling new uniforms that keep the previous logo and colour scheme.

The Hurricanes' red sweater was streamlined, with white stripes "highlighting the arms and base for a classic look" while the white adds a red shoulder yoke and "bold striping," the team said in a statement. The logo on both is a 15% smaller version of the swirling hurricane.

"We just felt with the length of time that we had our jersey that we think has been very serviceable and people like, it was time to change," Hurricanes president/general manager Jim Rutherford said at the unveiling. "Our logo is our identity, and it didn't change. Our colors didn't change. We really cleaned up the look of our uniforms and made it a more traditional look."

The changes, which were in the works for the past two or three years, are the first in the team's 15-year history.

ROY REUNITED WITH ALLAIRE

Goalie coach Francois Allaire has been hired by one of his former pupils, Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, according to RDS.

Allaire, who was most recently goalie coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has reached a verbal agreement to work with the Avalanche, the report said. The deal is for three years, according to TVA Sports.

Allaire worked with Roy during his playing career with the Montreal Canadiens, where they won the Stanley Cup together on two occasions. Another Allaire student, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, is the Avs backup. Allaire and Giguere helped the Anaheim Ducks win the Cup.


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