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The Flyers thought so highly of Streit over the summer that the team was willing to trade a player (Shane Harper) and its fourth round pick in the 2014 draft to the New York Islanders for exclusive negotiating rights just a week before the highly sought after defenseman was set to become a free agent.
As it turns out, the 35-year-old defenseman never did hit the open market as he and the Orange and Black were able to come to terms on a four-year, $21 million agreement.
Philadelphia struggled mightily a season ago breaking pucks out of its own end and creating offense from its defense. Streit was brought in to help fix that and so far, has filled in respectably.
Through the team's first six games, the Switzerland native leads all Flyers' defensemen in scoring with two points. Both of those points have come on the power play where Streit should thrive as the season moves along. What's more, he's currently tied for fifth on the team and is first among all Philadelphia blueliners with 11 shots on goal.
Meanwhile, the former Islanders captain ranks third among Philly defenders in ice time averaging just over 20 minutes per outing.
Unfortunately, Streit's offensive contributions can't entirely mask certain deficiencies in the defensive end.
At 5'11", 190 pounds, Streit is a relatively undersized defenseman and doesn't provide much in the way of physical intimidation for the opposition. What's worse, he currently ranks dead last on Philadelphia's roster with a minus-four rating.