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Flyers Acquire D Mark Streit From the Islanders

The Flyers have made their first move of the off season, acquiring a defenseman from a division rival. 

They have traded forward Shane Harper along with a fourth round pick in the 2014 amateur draft to New York Islanders for 35-year-old defenseman Mark Streit. Streit was the captain of the Islanders team the last two years.

Streit is going to be a free agent come July 5 but they now own his rights until then and have the opportunity to re-sign him. General manager Paul Holmgren said that Streit was one of the blueliners on his radar at the July 5 free agency period.

“Mark is a player we would have had interest in on July 5th," said Holmgren. "We now have exclusive negotiating rights and we are hopeful that we can get an agreement in place prior to him becoming an unrestricted free agent.”

Streit made $4.1 million with the Islanders last season and could make close to that again. He's valuable on the power play and is known for his offensive abilities at the blue line.

Streit had six goals and 21 assists for the Islanders, back-boning their defense to help lead the Islanders to a playoff appearence this season. In those playoffs, he had three goals and two assists in six games against the Penguins.

TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted that Holmgren will begin negotiations with Streit's agent, Pat Brisson, later today. They are seeking a deal of four years.

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Streit talked with Flyers beat writer Anthony SanFillippo today about being traded to Philadelphia and if he thinks he'll sign. You can read those quotes here.

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