Wednesday, March 1, 2017
NHL trade review: Flyers acquire Filppula, Bolts get Streit, quickly flip him
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional 2017 7th rounder. Let's get into details.
The Lightning are out of the playoffs this season. They are 5 points out of a playoff spot with 64 points (a record of 28-25-8). They traded goalie Ben Bishop. They also traded center Brian Boyle. Trading Filppula isn't a surprise, but they traded too much. They only received an almost 40 year old defenseman in Streit. They also traded away a couple of picks. But Streit will (probably) never play for the Bolts. They flipped him to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2017 4th rounder. Pittsburgh needs a defenseman, even after acquiring Ron Hainsey. The Bolts got some value out of the pending UFA, though it's less than they gave up for him. Streit, 39, has 21 points (5 goals and 16 assists) in 49 games for the Flyers this season. He has 428 points (95 goals and 333 assists) in 765 career NHL games for the Flyers, the New York Islanders (who he once captained) and the Montreal Canadiens.
The Flyers sit just one point ahead of the Lightning with 65 points (a record of 29-26-7). GM Ron Hextall is trying to make the playoffs and acquire picks. Filppula is a solid center. The picks can help. I really like this trade for them. Filppula, 32, has 34 points (7 goals and 27 assists) in 59 games this season. He has 422 points (152 goals and 270 assists) in 775 career NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and the Bolts.