Various sources are reporting the NY Islanders have traded the rights to defenseman Mark Streit to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2014 and minor league LW Shane Harper.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once the Ottawa Senators dealt the rights to Sergei Gonchar last week to the Dallas Stars, it was speculated the Islanders would shop Streit’s rights, as he had no intention of re-signing with them.
The Flyers are keen to add an experienced puck-moving defenseman and I expect they’ll sign the 35-year-old Streit signed to a three- or four-year contract, worth perhaps around $6 million per season. They may wait until after the upcoming buyout period, as it’s expected they’ll buy out Daniel Briere and possible Ilya Bryzgalov. I’ll be very surprised if they don’t have Streit under contract by July 5.