Well, the Flyers haven't wasted any time on reconstructing the defense. He hasn't signed a contract here yet, but both sides seem confident a deal will be done. Streit's agent, Pat Brisson, is the same agent who represents both Danny Briere and Claude Giroux.
Unfortunately, Streit won't help solve the Flyers cap issues. Streit reportedly is asking for at least 4 years, and at least 5 million a year. Mark Streit voiced his reaction in an interview with Anthony SanFlippio earlier today.
“It's an exciting time for me,” Streit said. “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 are positives and negatives to signing Streit.
Mark Streit adresses several needs for Philadelphia.
1. He's an excellent puck moving defenseman who has great offensive instincts.
- He has an accurate, heavy slap shot that is used well on the Powerplay.
- Has the ability to carry the puck across the opponents blue line, creating solid offensive scoring chances.
2. Mark Streit will help take the load off of Kimmo Timonen.
- Kimmo isn't getting younger and can't be counted on to play 82 games this year. Streit should help take away some minutes from Kimmo, helping him stay fresh for games later in the season.
-Streit had an TOI average of 23 minutes last year.
You have to remember Kimmo Timonen was able to last most of the season, but it was only 48 games. I don't know if we can expect him to play more than 60 games this year. Even though he's been known to be pretty durable, he is 39 and will be playing his last season in the NHL.
3. Mark Streit will bring much needed leadership into the Flyers defensive core.
At one point of the 2012-2013 season, Kimmo Timonen and Luke Schenn were the only veterans on the blue line. You also have to remember Luke Schenn is only 23. In recent years, Coburn, Mezsaros, and Grossmann have had trouble staying healthy. The Flyers have had to rely on rookie services Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen, Marc Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustaffson, and Matthew Konan. Streit, who has been the Islanders captain for the past two seasons, will help the Flyers in the leadership department.
4. Despite his age, he is a durable defenseman.
- Despite his season ending injury in 2010-2011, he doesn't miss too many contests.
- He played every game in 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013.
- He has only played 7 seasons in the NHL with a total of 491 games.
- At the beginning of his career, he played mostly in Swiss leagues. Those leagues have less physicality, helping players to play at older ages in that league.
- As Tim Pannacio pointed out, Streit hasn't gone through as much wear and tear as your average 35 year old defensemen.
1. The contract.
- This years free agent class is just as weaker as last years, especially when it comes to defensmen. You will have to overpay to get him.
- 4 years is a risky investment for the Flyers, considering he will be 39 years old when the contract is up.
- Flyers will have to add Streit with all of the other expensive defensemen. (Coburn-4.5M, Timonen-6M, Mez-4M, Grossmann-4M, Luke Schenn-3.5M)
- Homer will have to get rid of one of the defenseman listed above. (This could also be considered a positive)
2. Streit is a one dimensional defenseman.
- Had a -14 +/- last season.
- Isn't known to be a shut down guy, mostly relied on for offense.
If Mark Streit is eventually signed, it confirms another move will be made to decrease the amount of salary against the Flyers cap. Holmgren will use at least one of the compliance buyouts, and probably even the second. It's not official until 48 hours after the SCF, but all signs point to Briere being the 1st to be bought out. If Holmgren doesn't think Streit is enough to help the defense, he will have to buyout Bryzgalov to free up cap space to go after another defender. Whether he will pursue a defender through trade or free agency, Holmgren will need some wiggle room to go after a defenseman comfortably. I sense that Holmgren will go after a two-way defender. Streit isn't known to shut opposing forwards down, and I think the Flyers could use another two way defender if they decide they want to keep builiding the defense. I'm sure they will look at Cody Franson, Zach Bogosian, Jake Muzzin to name a few.
This is just the beginning, Flyers faithful. Take a deep breath, there is more to come.