Flyers trade for soon-to-be UFA Mark Streit

Mark Streit of the New York Islanders shoves Brenden Morrow of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game...

Mark Streit of the New York Islanders shoves Brenden Morrow of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, May 3, 2013. (Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenceman Mark Streit from the New York Islanders Wednesday in the hopes they’ll be able to sign him before he hits the open market.

The Flyers shipped prospect Shane Harper and a 2014 fourth-round pick to the Islanders in exchange for the rights to Streit, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 5 if he can’t come to terms with Philadelphia. Streit is coming off a deal that paid him $4.1 million annually but he will likely get a significant raise in any new deal.

“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a release. “We now have exclusive negotiating rights and we are hopeful that we can get an agreement in place prior to him becoming a UFA.”

Streit, 35, had six goals and 21 assists in 48 games with the Islanders this season. He’s served as the Islanders captain the last two seasons and was an all-star in 2009.

In seven NHL season, the Swiss-born Streit has recorded 65 goals and 223 assists in 491 games.


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