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by Paul on 06/18/13 at 09:18 AM ET
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
When Streit is officially signed, he will have a $5.25 million cap hit per season. That means the Flyers’ top six defensemen next year - Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Nick Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros and Streit - will have a combined $26.85 million cap hit for 2013-14. That’s 41.8 percent of the team’s $64.3 million cap.
Since 2006-07, Streit has 241 points in 367 games. According to TSN, that is the seventh-best points-per-game average (0.66) among NHL defensemen.
That’s the good news. The bad news (besides the fact the Flyers are getting older instead of acquiring a player like Keith Yandle): Over the last two years, Streit is minus-41, tied for the worst among league defensemen.
Streit is a similar player as former Flyer Matt Carle, who signed a six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5 million cap hit) with Tampa Bay as an UFA last year. Carle, an excellent shot blocker, was 27 at the time.
Streit will help the Flyers on the power play and he will trigger the offense by getting the puck to the forwards quickly. He is also a good leader.
That said, he is on the downside of his career, and Holmgren is taking an expensive risk.
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