The Philadelphia Flyers were eyeing New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit in the free agency period, but they were not willing to wait and allow another team to speak with him and talk contract before they did. Because of that, Philadelphia shipped prospect Shane Harper and a 2014 fourth-round draft pick to the Islanders in exchange for the rights to Streit.
The move allows the Flyers to speak with Streit and work out a deal before anyone else is able to. With a contract with Philadelphia all but guaranteed in the future, Streit is thrilled to join the Flyers.
“It’s an exciting time for me,” Streit said, via CSN Philly. “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.”
There is still a possibility that a deal won’t be worked out, but Streit’s agent, Pat Brisson, is working hard to help his client join the team that he hopes to play for. Streit is a great leader on the ice and he can still offer a lot on the offensive side of the ice.
If Philly was willing to acquire the rights to Streit, it is hard to imagine the two sides not agreeing to a deal before July.