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Flyers acquire Streit from Isles

Jun 12, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ quest for defensive help continued on Wednesday, as GM Paul Holmgren announced he’d traded for the rights to New York Islanders blueliner Mark Streit.

“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th,” Holmgren said in a statement. “We now have exclusive negotiating rights and we are hopeful that we can get an agreement in place prior to him becoming an unrestricted free agent.”

In exchange, the Islanders receive prospect Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Streit, 35, was a key member of the Isles this year. He led all New York defensemen in scoring (27 points) and finished second on the team in power play points, with eight.

In the playoffs, he tied John Tavares for the team playoff scoring lead (five points) and averaged over 20 minutes a night.

Following the Islanders’ first-round exit against Pittsburgh, Streit told Newsday he wanted to return to New York as his five-year, $20.5 million deal was set to expire on July 5.

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

But it appears for all that love talk, money got in the way.

Here’s more:

The Islanders are believed to have made a three-year offer for the same $4.75 million per season that Lubomir Visnovsky accepted on the eve of the trade deadline (Visnovsky’s deal is for two years), but Streit is looking for north of $5.5 million per season.

With the free agent market for defensemen very thin, Streit could command $6 million per year and even possibly get a four-year deal. The Islanders wanted Streit back to keep the continuity Garth Snow has built, but the Isles GM is also not interested in busting his salary structure to keep Streit.

It’ll be interesting to see if Philadelphia can match Streit’s reported salary demands.

The Flyers are currently over $64.3 million cap for next season, with 24 players under contract and decisions pending on a number of veteran UFAs (that, to be frank, are probably not that high of a priority: Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jody Shelley, Adam Hall, Matt Walker, Kurtis Foster and Kent Huskins).

Things get demonstratively better in 2014-15, when the Flyers project to be nearly $18 million under the cap, albeit with deals for Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier needing to get done.

Philly’s move to acquire Streit is the second of its kind in recent days.

Last week, the Dallas Stars traded for the rights to 39-year-old Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar, then proceeded to sign the veteran blueliner to a two-year, $10 million deal.

Update: According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Streit’s agent — Pat Brisson — is scheduled to meet with Holmgren later today to begin contract negotiations.

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    damn, Paul really likes his old d-men. that’s not the move we’ve been waiting for though as far as defense goes.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      i swear there’s somebody on this site that hates me for whatever reason. even on the least debatable posts, there’s always one thumbs down…. and I also always assume that it’s the mother of the player that I’m talking about.

      • DonkeyStick - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Now you have a three thumbs down…..does this make you feel better?

      • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        a little. but now I’m assuming that it was his mother, grandmother, and grandfather. they just don’t check PHT as often so it takes them a bit longer to get on stories about their grandson.

      • DonkeyStick - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        For your sake, I hope he doesn’t have step brothers/sisters!

      • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        he’s coming to Philly? I HOPE he brings step sisters. Hey Mark’s step sisters…………… what’s good with a Flyers home-opener date?

      • iwillfindyou - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Go cry somewhere else pu**y.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        not crying, just pointing it out. note the joke at the end, a-hole.

  2. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This is a smart move for the Islanders who should now give the C to Jonathan Tavares. Streit has been a key part of getting the Isles back to respectabiity but has also been -41 the past two seasons and at 35 will not be getting any better with age. To get anything in return is a blessing and to keep on to Visnovsky and his +14 this season for a smaller term is a much better business deal. Now the Isles can start to give their young defensemen such as Travis Hamonic more responsibility as they are the future of the franchise. Great move for the Islanders.
    For the Flyers why add two aging defensemen too what will be big contracts? Too improve on a team that finished 10th in the East and looked out of whack all season? Does not make sense and Philly fans should be outraged.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      definitely good for the islanders, they got something in return where they otherwise might not have. snow is looking better and better as gm with the handcuffs he has with the budget he is doing good things.

      • 24/7 Hockey - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        He is definitely doing a great job considering the circumstances and uncertainty the franchise had around it before the move to Brooklyn was confirmed for the 2015-2016 season. Now it looks as if they will have the pieces in place to make a title run their first season there, which would be great for the team in terms of making a dent in the crowded sports market that is NYC. Can’t imagine it being hard to attract free agents to NYC with a great, young team that will be getting beter each season.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Oh look another old fart on the Flyers blue line…how typical. Philly needs to get younger on defense and not older. Unless the Flyers are looking for a win now situation then Striet is a good pick up…if they can sign him but if it’s not then its just pointless.

    • DonkeyStick - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      By younger do you suggest Flyers trade their entire 2013 NHL draft for 35 year old Iginla or 34 year old Morrow?

      • GH - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        If you want to get technical, they traded their 2013 Draft for Iginla and Murray – they actually picked up an extra third in the Morrow deal.

        Also when you had two firsts last year in a stronger draft (at least in the spots they were picking), its not as bad.

      • DonkeyStick - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Gave up:
        F Kenneth Agostino
        F Ben Hanowski
        2013 first-round pick
        2013 second-round pick
        2014 conditional second/third-round pick
        D Joe Morrow
        2013 fifth-round pick

        35 year old….
        34 year old….
        33 year old….
        3rd Round Pick

  4. jturkington - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Hey Mike,

    It looks like Philly is actually over the cap going into next season. I’m sure that number will come down with Pronger on the LTIR but I think the Flyers are going to have to make a lot of creative moves to fit Streit into their roster this offseason.

    • Mike Halford - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      yeah, those numbers have been adjusted.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I like it not many free agents in terms of quality on the blue line this summer and the guys
    who are out there teams want the moon for try to get Streit signed and draft Ryan Pulock
    blue line upgraded

    • jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      question still remains if they will be able to sign him under the cap without hurting themselves even further moving forward. maybe a low number for this coming season followed by a really high one next year

  6. jimw81 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Paul Holmgren needs his head examine. better yet,ed snider. Striet is a clone of Kimmo Timoneon. They need to get a yadle instead of adding old players on defense.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Have you seen what Phoenix wants for Yandle? Start with Courtier and Read and then go from there

      • jimw81 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        I’ll do that trade in a heartbeat. sign horton, lucic or Bickell. buyout bryz and breire.

        Flyers can easily bring up scott leighton to fill coots role on this team. They have the players in system to replace coots.stop it with Couturier is the next brett bull or doug gilmour crap.

        If snider goes around talking to media saying we are in ‘win now’ mode, then you have to make these kinda trades.

        i know their is a certain segment of the flyers fan base they loves coots but it’s time to cash the chips in if you are all in.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        You think Laughton is going to be better player then Courtierer who at 20 has already had a playoff hat trick and has to go against other teams top scoring lines in the NHL…the Phoenix GM would like to talk to you with a big smile on his face

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Laughton will be a good defensive forward, but his offensive upside isn’t close to Couturier’s. There’s a reason opposing GMs always ask for Schenn and Couturier, not Laughton.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Hey if not for him getting mono he would probably be an Edmonton Oiler and not a Flyer kids
        got serious game just needs time to mature a bit

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        @jimw81. Why would you say sign Lucic? He isn’t even a free agent.

  7. islesjb - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I know nothing about this Harper guy but I’m just pumped we got something in return. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that Streit was going to be gone so I’m happy we didn’t lose him for nothing.

    Obviously I would have liked to see him in the Western Conference on a team with high cup aspirations (he deserves it). Anyhow, If the Isles lock down a goalie, they should be better than the Flyers next year.

    Matt Donovon will step up and fill Streit’s shoes (per Garth Snow)

    Now slap that C on JT

  8. tjvalley - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I appreciate what the isles have done here, but I feel they could of used a 2nd round pick instead of this Shane Harper guy. Harper has had a very hard time doing well in the AHL. He’s a project that doesn’t look like he’s going to be anything.

    • islesjb - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      They could have used a 1st round pick and Claude Giroux but some times you have to take what you can get.

      In certain scenarios, Streit walks for nothing

  9. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    If Homer manages to sign Streit, it pretty much guarantees a Briere buyout.

  10. bobhpine - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    It’s fixed! Another 35+ contract since Pronger worked out so well. Timonen and Streit should be raring to go by next April.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      So because Pronger, a hall of fame defender, had a freak, career-ending injury the Flyers should never go after a mid-30s player again? That’s a great way to run an organization. Why don’t you focus on your own organization that can’t stop falling short of expectations, despite an all-star roster.

    • wicky888 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      And yet the Penguins extended Bylsma despite 4 straight years of early playoff exits…

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Gotta love Bielsma for another couple years defense be damned!

      • drone501 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        there will be changes in pittsburgh also. hopefully for the better.

  11. laxman1944 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    From what I understand he moves the puck well out f the zone.

    I just don’t want to see them trade the young lions that are on the roster now (Schenn/Cooter/Voracek).

    Blue chip defenseman are SO freaking hard to come by and the cost……..ugh

    • orangandblack - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      You don’t have to worry about Voracek going anywhere

  12. billsin20xx - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Is this another bush league policy the NHL has that they allow trades while a few teams are still playing? It seems like they should have a movement freeze while the playoffs are going on to be fair to all teams.

  13. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I was hoping the Flyers would target a young, top-2 defender, but I don’t think this move rules that out. The Flyers are well aware that their d-corps needs a lot of turnover. If they buyout Briere and Bryz (as Mackenzie thinks they will), then trade someone like Coburn, Mezsaros, and/or Hartnell they will have money to spend. All reports have been that the Flyers will be extremely active, so if they agree with Streit, it will not be their final move. If they can sign him to a 2-3yr $5.5-6mil deal then I’ll be happy. It’s way better than getting in a bidding war once FA starts, esp with the inflated price of defenders this summer. The Flyers desperately needed a dman to QB their 2nd PP unit and Streit fits the bill. Not ecstatic but I’m happy. And I still expect them to go after someone like Bogosian, Byfuglien, Yandle, etc.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      i’m all for letting Mezsaros go. he once looked like he’d be (and at times WAS) a force to be reckoned with but with the injuries and all the irresponsible, unsuccessful solo skates deep into the opposing zone, I’m ready to part with him and get somebody a bit more consistent.

      I’d HATE to see Coburn go. he had a bit of a down season, but he’s still probably top 2 or 3 on my Flyers quality/consistency list.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Mezsaros played scared after his injuries. He was timid and clearly more concerned with self-preservation than helping the team. And you can’t play in the NHL like that, or you’ll get hurt, just like Mez did. So it’s a no-brainer if they can move him for anything. If they can’t, atleast he’s in the last yr of his 4mil/yr deal.

        But I actually agree on Coburn. He was TERRIBLE this season, but he’s one of the more underrated defenders around. He doesn’t put up offensive numbers but his size and speed are an asset. And when he plays well he doesn’t get praise in Philly. He’s taken Carle’s place as the whipping boy of the fans. But he’s also making 4.5mil coming off a bad year on a team desperate for cap space. Plus he’d probably get more in return than Mez. But I’d like to keep him if possible. Streit, Timonen, Schenn, and Coburn isn’t bad if they can add another difference maker on the blueline.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        *and I forgot Grossmann, who if healthy from his concussion, is a defensive beast.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        that’s exactly who i had in mind when i said top 2 or 3. he’s quickly become my favorite Flyers d-man. hoping he keeps it up this year.

    • valoisvipers - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Please no Big Buff!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        I think management has always been enamored with him since his dominating performance against them in the Cup with Chicago. If they didn’t have to give up Couturier or Schenn I’d take him. But I’d rather have Bogosian (more upside).

  14. mattymarts17 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    As a long time Isles fan and Streit fan, thank you for sticking with this team through all of the low points the last 5 years. One hell of a player that I wish would of been able to stay to see the team take the turn towards playoff contenders. However, great move by Snow to bring in a draft pick when they already made it pretty well known he wasn’t coming back…. Wish you the best Cap… I will be cheering when you make your return home to LI.

  15. pmonte3122 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Tavares is the new captain

  16. Habib Marwan - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I’m usually one of the bigger Flyer critics on this site but this is potentially a really good addition to their defense.

  17. tcclark - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    You guys realize that he hasn’t been signed right? If the price is too high, Homer will ship him right back out again. Remember Hamhuis?

  18. joeyashwi - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Once the numbers start flying around this offseason the Suter/Parise signings by Minny last year will look like a bargain. I just hope that Bettman and the owners don’t blame their own foolishness on the players again…

  19. malkinrulez - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    wicky888 winning the Stanley cup buys you alot of good will! What has Lavy won? And yet he keeps his job!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Uh, Lavy has won a cup and taken his team to the finals.

  20. malkinrulez - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers , Streit is a nice player and makes D corps better, but if they want a young D man they have to part ways with one of their young forwards

  21. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I’ll say it one more time. Homer is going after Weber again. Put money on it.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Don’t think he can now.

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