New Flyer Mark Streit Just Trying to Fit in
Even though they’ve played against each other about 25 times or so over the course of their careers, defensemen Mark Streit and Braydon Coburn don’t know each other all that well.
“For the short time we’ve known him here, he seems like a great guy,” said Coburn, the longest-tenured Flyer. “He’s got really good vision, a great power-play guy. Great skater. Any time you can add a guy like that, it’s very valuable.”
The Flyers acquired the 35-year-old Streit from the New York Islanders in a trade in June and signed him to a four-year, $21 million deal. Known as a puck-moving defenseman, the Flyers acquired Streit to better the balance on their roster between offensive defensemen and stay-at-home types.
In coach Peter Laviolette’s offense-heavy system, Streit feels right at home.
“It is a little bit different (than the Islanders’ system), but in today’s hockey, there’s not too many secrets,” Streit said. “I think offensively there’s a lot of movement and puck movement and shots from the top. I like it.”
Streit took four shots in 24:08 in his debut as the Flyers lost 4-3 to the Washington Capitals in a shootout Monday night. The veteran was paired mostly with 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin, but come regular season figures to see more time with Coburn.