Mark Streit dealt to Flyers
The New York Islanders have dealt their captain, Mark Streit, to division rival Philadelphia Flyers.
In exchange for Streit, the Islanders will receive forward Shane Harper and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, according to ESPN.
Streit can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, so the Flyers face the possibility that he may never suit up for the team.
“I’m pretty confident,” Streit told TSN when asked about getting a deal down with Philadelphia. “It’d be awesome to play with the Flyers. The future is bright… I truly hope it’s going to get done soon.”
The Swiss-native was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth round of the 2004 draft. Streit, although undersized, has been an above-average offensive defenseman throughout his career, tallying 65 goals and 223 assists.
Last season, he was instrumental in helping the Islanders reach the postseason for the first time since 2007. Streit netted six goals to go along with 21 assists during the regular season, while adding three goals and two assists in his team’s first round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
His departure leaves a vacant Islanders captaincy, although that will likely be filled by budding superstar John Tavares.
Streit was an All-Star in 2009 and has represented Switzerland in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.