Since the trade deadline, there has been a lot speculation about Islanders captain Mark Streit's future with the team. The Islanders held onto him at the deadline, as they were pushing for a playoff spot. Today, the Isles dealt the rights to negotiate with the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent to the Philadelphia Flyers, in exchange for minor league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
At age 35, Streit is still a very reliable defenseman, but a big concern for teams looking to sign him is his asking price. This past season, Streit made $4.1 million, and he will likely command a 3-year, $5 million (per year) contract. The Flyers would definitely have to over-pay to get him, but do they really have a choice? If an agreement between the two parties cannot be reached by July 5, Streit will beco a free agent, with 29 other teams in contention to sign him. Depth on defense has been an issue for the Flyers this season, and signing Streit will definitely help fill that void.
If the Flyers sign Streit, it is almost certain that the Flyers will buy out under-acheiving forward Danny Briere and enigmatic goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.