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FLYERS ACQUIRE STREIT

Veteran defenseman is first move in offseason remodeling plan

Wednesday, 06.12.2013 / 11:00 AM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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FLYERS ACQUIRE STREIT
The Flyers began their offseason re-modeling of the roster by trading for a veteran defenseman Wednesday.\r\n\r\nThe Flyers shipped a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the New York Islanders for Mark Streit.\r\n

The Flyers began their offseason re-modeling of the roster by trading for a veteran defenseman Wednesday.

The Flyers shipped Shane Harper and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the New York Islanders for Mark Streit.

Streit, 35, is a pending unrestricted free agent, but the Flyers now own his rights and will have an opportunity to sign him to a new deal before he hits the free agent market July 5 and could sign with any of the 29 other teams in the NHL. He made $4.1 million last season as a member of the Islanders.

“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "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.”

As New York’s captain for the past two seasons, he was considered a valuable piece to the Isles roster as part of their resurgence to becoming a playoff team last season.

He finished the shortened season with six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 48 games. He had a solid, albeit brief playoff for the Islanders, scoring three goals and adding two assists for five points in just six games, as New York was eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The mostly-durable Streit is noted for his offensive game and his prowess on the power play. He has 65 goals and 223 assists for 288 points in 491 career games in parts of eight seasons with the Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. With the exception of a freak shoulder injury suffered during training camp prior to the 2010-11 season that cost him an entire year, Streit has missed just 15 games in six seasons.

The Swiss-born Streit was originally a ninth round pick (No. 262 overall) of the Canadiens in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft after playing for eight seasons in the Swiss Elite League.

A 2009 All-Star, Streit played for Switzerland in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and also represented his homeland 12 times in the IIHF World Championships.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
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10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
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13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 65 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 64 18 42 1 60
W. Simmonds 65 26 18 -1 44
M. Streit 65 9 33 -5 42
B. Schenn 65 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 65 13 16 4 29
M. Del Zotto 53 9 17 -3 26
M. Read 65 6 20 -7 26
M. Raffl 50 15 5 6 20
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
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R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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