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Mark Streit Excited About Coming to Philly, ‘a great city’

Jun 13, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

source:  We’ll reserve final judgment until he signs a contract, but the initial reaction here is trading for Mark Streit was a good move for the Flyers, at least in the short-term. The team gave up next to nothing to acquire Streit’s rights, and he immediately becomes the club’s best offensive defenseman the moment he steps through the front door.

Perhaps nobody was more excited by the move than Streit himself. The 35-year-old blueliner spoke to Comcast SportsNet after the news came down. Not only does the former New York Islanders sound confident his agent will be able to get a deal worked out with general manager Paul Holmgren before free agency begins on July 5, he sure makes it sound as if Philadelphia would have been one of his top destinations anyway had he hit the market.

“It’s an exciting time for me,” Streit said. “Obviously I’m excited to get traded to Philadelphia. I’m not sure what’s going to happen the next few weeks — or days — it’s part of my agent’s job to work that out with Paul, but Philly has an unbelievable team.

“It’s a great franchise and a great city and it’s a hockey town for sure. The fans there are great and that’s why I always liked playing in Philly. The team is really good. It’s well-structured. It’s young and fast and it would be a great honor to play for the Flyers.”

Streit expressed confidence that a deal would get done with the Flyers.

“I’m pretty confident,” he said. “I think that maybe they need a few days or weeks, but I’m pretty positive. It’d be awesome to play for the Flyers.

“The future is bright. They were in the Cup Finals three years ago and there is so much skill and a great mix between veteran players and young players, so I’m pretty confident and I truly hope it’s going to get done soon.”

Due to his age and contract demands – he’ll probably settle for something in the three-years-at-$5.5-million-per range – Streit was not exactly the idea candidate to help fix the Flyers’ defense. However, his ability with the puck brings a dynamic that was often missing from the unit last season, which had a lot to do with the turnovers and inability to get the puck out of their own end at times.

Plus, and this can’t be said enough, the front office did not have to part with either Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn to upgrade the defense. We’ll see what kind of contract the Flyers wind up getting stuck with, but I’m alright with this for now.

>> Flyers acquire D Mark Streit from Islanders [CSN]

  1. OneManWolfpack - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Yeah I like it too. He is a plus to the D corps that needs it. And not having to trade a young gun to get him was well done. He’ll be a little expensive but it’s basically Briere’s money anyway so I like the move. I don’t understand some of the negativity I have been reading

    • chew - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      I’m with ya! Always admired Striet’s play and he’ll fill the void that Carle left last year.

      Looking forward to his signing, as well as the others to follow…

      • Mostel - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        What void was that? Turnovers and a refusal to cover Staal in rd 1 and Parise in rd 2? Almost every goal the Flyers gave up in the playoffs last year was on Carle’s watch with Carle’s man scoring.

    • BenE. - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      The negativity is that he is 35 years old, soft, his numbers are declining, he wasn’t that great for the Islanders even given that they are the Islanders, and Holmgren is going to blow over $5 million a year on him. I get that the Flyers traded virtually nothing for him, but the fact is Homer is still going to spend a ton of money on a guy well past his prime in a knee-jerk attempt to plug a hole instead of weighing his options. This has all the same qualities surrounding it as when he signed Bryzgalov two years ago. Pressing need, weak market, throw a boatload of money at someone past his prime and who won’t solve the issue.

      The Flyers will be paying at least $11 million for two defensemen whose combined age is 73! Unreal.

  2. TruthSayer - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Hey Mr. Streit, let me be the first to give you a warm, Philly welcome you’re sure to feel the warm glow of the whole time of your 3 year, $15.5 overpaid time here: BOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo. Take care.

  3. psudrozz - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    he’s not worth more than 1.8/year

  4. Tom - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    What’s the over /under on how many games before he’s hurt?


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