The Montreal Canadiens have signed 39-year-old Swiss defenseman Mark Streit to a 1 year, 1-way contract with a $700,000 cap hit.
The Canadiens agree to terms on a one-year, one-way contract with defenseman Mark Streit. DETAILS -> https://t.co/W0kOSqDGeM.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 25, 2017
It was reported a few weeks ago that the Habs had offered Streit a contract, so this signing comes to no one’s surprise. At only $700k, Streit is a solid option on the 3rd pairing or as a depth defender.
Streit split last season between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 68 regular seasons games between the 2 teams, Streit had a respectable 27 points. He also played 3 games during the Penguins Stanley Cup run where he had 2 assists. This will be Streit 2nd time as a member of the Canadiens, as he played 3 seasons with the Habs between 2005-2008. He was also drafted by the Habs with the 262nd pick in 2004. Streit has had a good NHL career up to this point, amassing 434 points in 784 career NHL games.
Streit will bring some decent offensive production to the Habs bottom pairing. He is also very good on the powerplay and should be able to pitch in several powerplay points. Despite this, Streit is not a lock to make the Habs lineup next season. He will be battling it out with players such as Brandon Davidson, Jakub Jerabek, David Schlemko, Joe Morrow and a few others for a spot on the bottom pair.
With the Habs adding another defenseman, many fans are beginning to worry that this signing may mark the end of Andrei Markov‘s career in Montreal. While it would be a significant step backward, I do not believe Habs fans should be worrying too much. The Habs still have nearly $8.5m in cap space and can always ship out or send down a few players to make room for Markov.
As mentioned, with $8.5m left in cap space, Bergevin is far from done. It would be very surprising if we do not see another signing or even trade before the end of the offseason so stay tuned for more articles in the future.