Flyers Trade Streit to Tampa for Filppula

USATSI_9887087_154158418_lowresThe Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenceman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Valtteri Filppula.

The 39-year-old blueliner has 21 points in 49 games this season, including eight points on the power play.

Streit is a mobile defenceman capable of cranking up a booming point shot, which can make him a man-advantage asset. He can quarterback the point and moves the puck quickly.

Size issues have presented some concerns, but the Bern-born Streit seems to have made enough hay in a 10-year career to silence some critics. Injuries have been an issue, however.

In 765 career games with the Flyers, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, Streit has 428 points – including 95 goals.

His best season was with the Canadiens in 2007-2008, when he posted 62 points. He also scored 16 goals with the Islanders in 2008-2009 and came up with 56 total points, 29 of which were on the power play.

The Flyers will retain 4.7 percent of Streit’s salary, by the way. No, that’s not a typo.

Filppula was in the news for having rejected a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs, so it seems the Flyers are a better fit for the 32-year-old.

Filppula has 34 points in 59 games this season, including seven goals.

The Finnish centre plays a good two-way game and can serve as a quality playmaker. He’s a responsible player, too, and that counts for an awful lot. He can get roughed up in the corners, though, and could stand to shoot the puck more often.

In 775 career games with the Lightning and Detroit Red Wings, Filppula has 422 points – including 152 goals and 270 assists.

His best season was with Detroit in 2011-2012 when he posted 66 points in 81 games, including 23 goals. He scored 25 goals with Tampa in 2013-2014.

Filppula won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.

“This gives us a guy that makes plays,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “I look at this as an upgrade in our playmaking.”

For Tampa, this deal is mostly about saving around $5 million in cap space. They’re going to need it to sign all the players they want to lock up over the summer.

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