When news that New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a fourth-round draft pick and a minor league prospect, the Edmonton Oilers had to be relieved.
While Streit could still become an unrestricted free-agent, if he and the Flyers can’t agree on a new contract, it’s highly unlikely that will happen. And having Streit off the free-agent market is good news for the Oilers.
The art of temptation is a scary thing and for Craig MacTavish, not having Streit as an option to sign to a new multi-year deal is one less bad signing that could happen. Not saying that Mac-T will make bad decisions this summer, but it’s happened in the past and Oilers fans remember all to well the massive contracts that have burdened this team (ie: Shawn Horcoff).
Streit is said to be asking for $5 million per season and is asking for a minimum three-year deal. At 35-years of age (36 in December) Streit was said to be one of the premier defenseman available on the market, if he got that far. An offensively minded blue liner who’s defensive game is somewhat questionable, Streit didn’t appear to be a great fit for the Oilers moving forward.
It’s no secret that Edmonton is need of another defenseman or two, but Streit would’ve been a costly addition and would not have addressed the issues on the back end.
Just last week we looked at why the Oilers should stay away from Streit as a free-agent and even Andy Graziano from Eyes on Isles agreed. With this trade and the likelihood that Paul Holmgren will sign Streit before July 5th, Oilers’ fans don’t have to worry about the possibility of overpaying for a defenseman who has turned into a plus/minus nightmare.