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


In return, Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall was able get a decent return, with veteran forward Valtteri Filppula heading north along with a fourth round and conditional seventh round selection in the 2017 National Hockey League draft. The veteran puck-mover has been sent to the Lightning, for Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder in this year's draft.

Everyone knew there was a good chance the Flyers would try to move Mark Streit at the trade deadline. He'll slide it nicely on the back end of Pittsburgh's blue line, and likely their secondary power play unit.

Filppula, 32, has seven goals and 27 assists this season. Tampa Bay was in need of shedding salary and along with Filippula's no movement clause which makes him an automatic protection in July's expansion draft.

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

At times, Filppula, a 6-foot, 196-pound Finn, centered Jonathan Drouin and Ryan Callahan this season.

Hextall and Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman also worked out a big trade two years ago when Braydon Coburn was sent to the Lightning in exchange for Radko Gudas and a first-round pick. Filppula's production has declined since he scored 25 goals for Tampa in 2013-14. He earns $5.25 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.