Weight: 191 lbs.
Cap Hit: $5.25 M
6 G, 21 A, 27 pts
General Manager Paul Holmgren wasted no time this off-season addressing the need by trading for the rights to Islanders captain, and top puck-moving defenseman, Mark Streit. Streit, 35, would officially sign in Philadelphia days later as he accepted a four-year, $21 million deal. Since Timonen, now 38 years old, only has one year left in Philadelphia (worth $6 million), Streit appears to be the guy to replace Timonen.
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.
Streit brings a veteran presence, leadership (he was the Islanders captain for cryin’ out loud), and a puck-moving defenseman to the Flyers blue line. The Flyers lacked a lot of these attributes last season and it showed in their on-ice performance.
Next year, the Flyers will be without Timonen and Chris Pronger (they’ll be without him this year as well). Those two defensemen provided much needed veteran leadership for the Flyers, especially in 2010 when they made a trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Streit will be expected to provide that leadership for the Flyers over the next four years.
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