Veteran defenseman Mark Streit has agreed to a four-year, $21 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
ESPN.com, TSN and the Associated Press all confirmed the deal. The Flyers did not announce the move on Tuesday, a day after Canada’s TSN first reported the deal had been reached. The move prevents Streit from entering free agency on July 5. And it comes less than a week after the Flyers acquired the 35-year-old in a trade with the New York Islanders.
The Flyers dealt minor-league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft in exchange for the rights of the Islanders captain.
Streit is an offensive-minded defenseman who has 65 goals and 288 points in 491 career games. He’s coming off a solid season, in which he had six goals and 27 points to lead Islanders defensemen. He also had three goals and five points in a six-game, first-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’d be awesome to play for the Flyers. The future is bright,” Streit said a few days ago. “They were in the (Stanley) Cup finals three years ago and there is so much skill and a great mix between veteran players and young players.”
His addition leads to further questions regarding what the Flyers will need to do to free up salary-cap space. They had one of the NHL’s most expensive payrolls last season, and were already set to have eight players scheduled to make more than $4.5 million this season.
It’s a group that includes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who is scheduled to make $8 million, as well as forward Danny Briere.
After spending much of his career playing in his native Switzerland, Streit broke into the NHL in 2005-06 with the Montreal Canadiens. He then joined the Islanders as a free agent in 2008, when he led the team with 56 points and was named an All-Star.