The Montreal Canadiens have signed 39-year-old defenseman Mark Streit to a one-year contract worth a reported $700,000. Streit split last season between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the playoffs, he only appeared in three games for the Penguins, all of them in the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa when Justin Schultz was hurt. This will actually be Streit’s second stint with the Habs. He started his NHL career in Montreal, all the way back in 2005. What the Streit signing means for Andrei Markov remains to be seen. Streit, like Markov, can run a power play, so it’s tempting to conclude that Streit is Markov’s replacement. That being said, almost all of Streit’s contract could be buried
Whether he’s Andrei Markov‘s replacement or a depth addition, the bottom line is that Mark Streit is slated for his second run with the Montreal Canadiens. Streit, 39, would be justified in feeling like this signing could really tie his career in a nice bow. (Amusingly for everyone beyond his accountant, with a reported $700K cap hit for 2017-18, Streit is drawing almost the exact same salary as he did from the start; Streit received $600K in 2006-07 and 2007-08, according to Cap Friendly/Cap Geek.) Back in 2004, the Canadiens drafted him … barely. He was a ninth-round pick, going 262nd overall in 2004.* All things considered, Streit jumped to the NHL remarkably quickly, playing more than half
Willie Desjardins, who was recently fired by the Vancouver Canucks, will be the head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. The organization also announced that Sean Burke will be the general manager, and Martin Brodeur will be a member of the management group for the team. -- The New York Rangers signed center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year, $26.75 million contract, the team announced.