The Montreal Canadiens have placed defenceman Mark Streit on waivers.
The news emerged on Thursday, shortly after reports that the Habs were attempting to shop the blueliner.
It’s been an interesting journey for Streit since he’s arrived in Montreal. Three months ago, the 39-year-old was signed to a one-year contract worth $700,000 after winning a Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
Streit was to assist in bolstering the Canadiens’ somewhat depleted defensive group, which was impacted by the departures of Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Nathan Beaulieu over the summer.
Streit skated in two games this season and was subsequently benched in favour of Brandon Davidson.
The defenceman will be up for grabs for the next 24 hours and can be claimed by any NHL team. Failing that, Streit will potentially face reassignment to the Laval Rocket of the AHL. The possibility also exists that the Habs could terminate his NHL contract.
If Streit does clear waivers and report to the AHL, the Canadiens will be able to turf his salary.
Montreal has been trying to figure things out this season, with a disappointing 1-3-0 start thus far. They are on a three-game losing streak and have been outscored 11-2 after winning their season opener.
The Streit decision comes down to a choice between the veteran and blueliner Victor Mete, the 19-year-old who’s been logging over 18 minutes a game on the top pair with Shea Weber.
The Canadiens want to activate defenceman David Schlemko after a hand injury kept him out of action, so they’ve faced the call of either dumping Streit on waivers or sending Mete to the London Knights. The latter is a no-go, which leads us back to what happened Thursday.
It is, in essence, another sample of the business of hockey.
The Canadiens are set to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and will hope to cobble together a win after this disappointing start.