Mark Streit in? Briere and Bryzgalov gone?
The Philadelphia Flyers had several areas to blame for their down slide season and one of them being the defense. Ever since Chris Pronger went down they have had a hole on the back-end and never quite climbed out of that hole.
Well, now they have, for the time being.
The team announced it has acquired the free-agent rights to defenseman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Shane Harper and a 2014 fourth-round draft pick.
Now, that doesn’t mean Streit will sign in Philly and according to Bob McKenzie Streit and his agent are looking for a 5 year deal worth between $4M-$5M per year.
The Flyers will have about 3 weeks to workout a deal with Streit or else he will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5th, where any team can approach him with an offer.
“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “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.”
He’s been one of the most productive defenseman in the NHL since the start of the 2007-08 season recording 241 points, a number that only seven defensemen have topped over that stretch.
Not only that Streit also provides a big shot from the point something the Flyers have been missing since Pronger. Of course Kimmo Timonen provides a big shot from the point but with just one year remaining in Philly and no other players on their back-end providing that big shot, Streit will help on the power play tremendously.
Streit is a big body and very strong on the puck, but what does he have left in the tank at the age of 35? His age is a concern considering the amount of money he is asking for, but knowing Paul Holmgren where big lucrative deals happen, Streit will get wants he wants and end up in the orange and black.
Who do the Flyers buyout?
If the Flyers do sign Streit, which I believe they will do, that means one or two players will have to be shipped out. The cap hit is dropping in the 2013-2014 season and as of right now the Flyers are over the cap hit with their current players.
And to make matters worse captain Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier become un-restricted free agents in the 2014 off-season.
It has been rumored from Bob McKenzie that the Flyers are expected to buyout Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov. Now in my opinion I believe both of these are true, but not quite yet. If you have been watching any of the latest tweets coming from Philly, you will see it’s mainly all about Steve Mason and his “great” saves in the few games he played as a Flyer.
To me that smells like the Flyers are going to buyout Bryzgalov and look for Steve Mason to “rebuild” his image in Philly. Or things could get even more entertaining for the Flyers and they could go after Roberto Luongo.
I mean, they are already looking to sign a 35 year old defenseman, why stop there?
As for Danny Briere I believe they will allow him to play in the final year of his contract considering he is still a valuable asset to this Flyers team on offense.
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