Mark Streit, the newest Philadelphia Flyer? (courtesy of nhl.com)
Veteran Swiss defenseman Mark Streit has found a new home in the City of Brotherly Love. On Wednesday, Streit and his rights were traded by the New York Islanders to Philly in exchange for minor league forward Shane Harper and a 4th round draft pick in 2014 as per the Islander’s website.
According to NHL.com, the Flyers are working with the 35 year old Bern, Switzerland native in hopes to sign him to a new contract. Streit was scheduled to become a free agent starting July 5th.
A 9th round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 NHL Draft, Streit finished with 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games with the Islanders. In 491 NHL games with both the Islanders and the Canadiens, Streit has registered 288 points (65 goals, 223 assists).
The Flyers defense had been plagued by injuries last season. Defensemen Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Cobern, Andrej Meszaros, and Nicklas Grossman all missed time due to injuries last season. Not to mention the well documented injury problems with veteran blue liner Chris Pronger.
“I’m not going to just walk into the locker room and [take control]. You have to blend in a little bit …but I’ve always wanted to be a guy to lead on the ice. I’ve been around for a while and I’ve been a captain on different teams. So, yes, I bring leadership, and that’s what I like to do. But I’ll do whatever it takes to make the team better, because at the end of the day you want to win as a team” Streit was quoted as saying regarding his captaincy future with the Flyers.
Streit also believes that this Flyers team can go far in the playoffs.
“It’s no question to me. I believe the Flyers will be in the playoffs next year. They have the skill and the physical part of
Shane Harper was traded to the Islanders in exchange for Mark Streit (courtesy of Nhl.com)
it. It’s a great group and I’d love to join that team.”
A native of Valencia, California, Harper spent four years with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League before
signing with the Flyers as an undrafted free agent. Harper has bounced back and forth between the ECHL and the Flyer’s AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms. In 15 games with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, Harper registered 27 points in 15 games (13 goals, 14 assists) and will compete for the Islander’s AHL team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, next season.