Mark Streit just took home the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh – but now, he may be headed to the Montreal Canadiens, a full 13 years after the club first drafted him.
A report from the Journal de Montreal suggests that the Canadiens have offered Streit a one-year deal, worth an estimated $1.5 million, for the coming 2017-18 NHL campaign. The belief is that he’d replace fellow veteran Andrei Markov in the lineup, as the team’s long-standing blue liner seems to be holding firm on a high $6 million ask for a new deal.
Streit, drafted 262nd overall by the Canadiens in 2004, is one of a handful of veteran free agents left on the market.
At age 39, he’s far from the player who put up 10-15 goals and 40-60 points a year in the heyday of his career. This past season, he was good for just six goals and 27 points, skating out a year split between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Penguins – and he then put up just three postseason appearances en route to the Stanley Cup as a regular healthy scratch.
If the Canadiens cannot come to terms with Markov, though, they’ll lose a valuable veteran presence in the lineup.
Adding their former Swiss-born draft selection back into the fold could be a good way to ease some of the burden of a transition away from Markov, even if he isn’t quite an exact comparable for the player Montreal stands to lose. And given their cap situation, it’s entirely possible that they could add both players next year, depending on what Markov is willing to sign for.