“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said on the team's website. "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.”
The 35 year old Streit led all Islander defensemen in scoring with 27 points - six goals, 21 assists. He had three goals and two assists, tied with Jonathan Tavares for the team lead, in their first round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He served as the Islanders captain the last two seasons and has not missed a game in over three seasons. Despite his age, the 5'11" 191 lbs. blue-liner has only played in 491 career games as he made his NHL debut at 28 years old.
Reports are surfacing from Pierre Lebrun that general manager Paul Holmgren and Streit's agent Pat Brisson will talk later today. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that Streit is looking for a four year deal while colleague Bob McKenzie says that the deal will likely be in the $4-5 million range. He carried a $4.1 million cap hit last year and reportedly turned down a three-year deal worth $4.75 million last week from the Islanders.
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