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With the Flyers losing Michael Del Zotto and Sean Couturier for extended periods, the time has come to sell, sell again, and continue selling anything that is not nailed down. The first, is a commodity that was actually evaluated last season, Mark Streit.
Oddly enough, when it comes to two recent trades, the Flyers have two comparable talents on the block, Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn.
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When it comes to talent, Streit compares to Meszaros in terms of being offensively minded and a powerplay threat, however his contract situation compares more to Coburn in that he has another year left.
Meszaros got a third round pick (used to select Mark Friedman) while Coburn was dealt for a 1st round pick, third round pick and Radko Gudas.
Streit’s value is likely in between, he’s probably worth a first round pick and EITHER a prospect or third round pick. He’s older, so it’s likely his value drifts to the lower end. If the Flyers move him for the Timonen return of two second round picks (one guaranteed and one conditional), that’s probably still a win.
Before we talk about takers, let’s tier the deals:
The best case scenario is a team loses a top PP defender between now and the deadline long term, they overcompensate by tossing a 1st, third and prospect for Streit. This is highly unlikely.
Realistically, Hextall gets a 1st for him straight up. And that’s perfectly okay in what’s shaping up to be another fairly deep draft.
The Detroit Red Wings.
Due to LTIR, the Red Wings have the space to take on Streit’s deal. Also, if they want to activate anyone from LTIR, the Flyers could just take Jakub Kindl in return to help mitigate the money the Wings take on. Streit fits the Detroit narrative of being an aging European and his left handed shot would likely help on their powerplay. Given the Wings current crop of veterans is probably on their last chance to win a Cup before they retire, (maybe?) a Streit rental might be the shot in the arm they need.
Taking back Kindl would also give the Flyers a cheap warm body for the pressbox as a 7th D next year or if Sanheim goes to the AHL and Provorov back to the WHL, a third pair defender with some puck skills.
Despite a narrative of boneheaded plays and even being waived earlier this season, Kindl sports some very solid possession metrics.
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Kindl’s possession stats could be a fluke, but he’s at worst a reclamation project who is still cheaper than holding onto Streit, and at best, he finds his game the way Michael Del Zotto did when coming to Philadelphia in 2014.
With Kindl’s contract being reasonable compared to Streit’s, the Flyers could use the post trade deadline time to evaluate him compared to the prospects. If they need a warm body for next season because prospects aren’t ready or need to shuffle between the Phantoms and Flyers, he might be a decent target.
Another target is the Florida Panthers. Only two defenders on the Panthers have positive Relative possession rates. The Panthers have the cap space to take Streit on, and with the expiring Brian Campbell deal, even have a slot for him next season should Campbell not return. If the Panthers offered take Streit for just a first round pick, or a guaranteed second with the conditional of a first on a deep playoff run, they could benefit from a solid second pair defender. Given the Campbell-Ekblad do their heavy lifting on defense, pairing Streit with Gudbranson or Kulikov would allow Streit to be sheltered a bit and kept away from the tough assignments he’s asked to handle in Philadelphia.
At the end of the day, Hextall’s goal should be to get the best offer for Streit he can, if age concerns mean that’s only a second round pick, he still needs to pull the trigger, even if just to open a roster slot for Travis Sanheim or Ivan Provorov.