The Philadelphia Flyers were going to make some player changes this offseason after not making the playoffs, and made a move on Wednesday that could very easily be the best one they make all offseason. The Flyers traded for free agent-to-be Mark Streit and now have exclusive rights to try to sign him before free agency starts on July 5.
Streit made $4.75 million the last three seasons while playing for the New York Islanders. He goes to a team that is probably going to use the new compliance buyout to get rid of several of their bigger contracts. That will clear room for the team to make a big play for Streit. He has been looking for over $5 million a season in free agency, and it’s possible that the Flyers decide to give him a deal close to that.
Streit scored 27 points this season in New York and could be a very dominant force for Philadelphia moving forward as an offensive-minded defenseman. We will have to wait and see if the Flyers actually pull the trigger or not, but it is going to be a very busy next couple of weeks no matter what happens.
If Streit can just be happy with a contract that is worth less than $5 million a season with the salary cap the way it is now, he should be home free with a new team and a new long-term contract.