Mark Streit Traded to Lightning; Flyers Acquire Valtteri Filppula, 2 Draft Picks

The Lightning acquired Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Valtteri Filppula and two draft picks on Wednesday, then nearly immediately flipped him to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick in 2018. He has one season left on his contract at $5 million for the 2017-18 season.

In return, the Flyers will be getting Filppula, a third-line center who has 34 points in 59 games for the Lightning, and a seventh-round draft pick.

The move also conceivably paves the way for a young defenseman to work his way onto the Flyers' roster if the team falls out of playoff contention. His cap hit isn't exactly fantastic, but the Flyers are one of the league's few teams who can afford to take on money, and the Lightning threw a couple of draft picks their way for the favor of absorbing that money. The Lightning will likely opt for the latter, and after Stamkos and Callahan, the list of available forwards that are eligible for exposure in the expansion draft are J.T. Brown, Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat.

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Streit, 39, has five goals and 21 points in 49 games with the Orange and Black this season.

Philadelphia has a log jam at defense with a multitude of blue line prospects likely to make the jump to the National Hockey League next year. And if Filppula's no-movement clause transfers to the Flyers, they will have $5 million less to spend in the free-agent market in the off-season.

  • Lawrence Cooper