Flyers on the Streit and Narrow Minded



The Flyers traded today for the rights of Islanders’ defenseman Mark Streit. Streit, 35, has been the Islanders’ captain over the last few years and was previously negotiating with the Isles prior to the trade. In exchange for Streit’s rights, the Flyers gave up right wing Shane Harper and the 4th round pick in the 2014 draft. In other words, not much.

The Flyers will now have exclusive negotiating rights with Streit until July 5th. If they can’t reach an agreement by that point, Streit will be able to field offers from anyone.

Streit could be a much needed addition for this team which has struggled with injuries, offensive production, and, well, defending. If you project Streit’s 2012-13 numbers over an 82 game season he’s averaged nearly 10 goals and 34 assists a year over his seven year career. (He was out for the entirety of the 2010-2011 season) Also, for those of you who love advanced stats, you can check out Streit’s numbers here, which are solid but not spectacular.

The big question right now then is: what will it cost to make him a Flyer?

Well, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Streit is expecting somewhere around $5.5 to $6 million a year on a three or four year deal. Oof.

Assuming that Briere isn’t back next year, Streit would be anywhere in the top three highest paid players on the team next to Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.65 mil) and Kimmo Timonen ($6 mil).

So while the value to gain Streit’s rights was low, the impact of his signing is a very tough move to sell long-term. Streit would likely be on the second line behind Timonen and Luke Schenn this year and while this may be Kimmo’s last ride, Streit isn’t getting any younger. He could be 39 and grossly overpaid by the time this deal ends.

The Flyers also need to find money to sign some of the younger core players despite already being over the cap. Claude Giroux, Braydon Schenn, and Sean Couturier will all be restricted free agents after this season. Matt Read will be unrestricted.

So when looking at all of this, it feels like a typical Holmgren move. He’s going after a respected name with a high price tag in order to try to make this team a contender next year—and they very well could be. They’re a young, talented team that just needs to find their groove.

However, that’s where the root of the issue lies here. The Flyers are a young team. They need younger/cheaper defensive talent to develop so that this team can contend annually when guys like Giroux and Voracek hit their primes. Streit doesn’t help in that way. At all. It’s also the same reason that Shea Weber would have been a much better move for the organization.

So while the idea of Streit as a Flyer is nice, the long-term practicality just isn’t there.

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Posted on June 13, 2013, in Flyers, Posts, Vince Quinn and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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