Just for the record... where exactly does Frank Seravalli come into play with that?
... As for the interview... Sure positive in all aspects, and sounds like it's coming from a guy who is planning on being a Flyer this coming season... or is at least saying all the correct things in case that does happen... and if not, he will say similar statements about the team he does eventually sign with.
Pity he didn't have him on Skype. We could have seen how non-committal he looks in a Flyer jersey!
I was focusing on Streit during the playoff games I watched and he looked good. Always liked him in Montreal too. Smart, skilled player. If we can sign him, he'll be a good bridge between the Kimmo regime and the next group of D coming up. You need a steady vet to teach the kids, and he clearly wasn't hurting the Isles' youngins......
Ding ding ding. Exactly. We gotta remember, Timonen is most likely going to retire after this coming season. Even if its 1-2 years, as long as he stays as a 4 defender him teaching the youngings will be good. By then either the guy we draft in the first (hopefully), maybe even Ghost will be ready to hop in. Not a full time spot but always a chance to grab someone else via free agency again. 3 years for Streit, IMO, wont be a bad deal.
I think a 4 year deal gets made here. Three would be very ideal but I believe Streit can still play 4 years, and so does management if the rumors are true.
He wants a raise with his new contract, so let's do the Flyers thing and front load it.
That's 18 million over 4 years at a 4.5 million per year. Streit only started playing in the NHL at the age of 28 as well. He has more left in the tank than people think I believe. Also I have been saying this was going to happen for a little while now(not the trade, but the Flyers going for him, others as well too), we love our FA in this town. Let's hope he plays well enough to justify the cap hit, also he provides a great quality the back end will lack after next year, leadership. It's not like the Pronger contract going until he is 42, he will be 40 at the end. Prime time for him to retire and return home to the land if the swiss cheese.
4 years is just idiotic. 3 years is the best to hope for.
As I stated earlier, the only reason the Flyers should consider a 4th year is if he's willing to take roughly half of his 3rd year salary (highest allowable decrease) to depress the AAV of the other 3 years. I'm sure no one wants a 39 year old Streit, but if he's willing to concede on the overall AAV, the Flyers have got to meet him somewhere.
Given where we area with guys signed, RFAs, etc, I'm ok with the 4th year in term if it buys us more wiggle room in season.
FWIW... He signed a five year FA contract with the Isles for an even across the board $4.1M per year... This is important as it means that he is leaving the contract with a yearly cash amount of $4.1 as well as an AAV amount.
IMO, The Flyers can more easily work off that number than they would have to if it were an escalating one with an AAV of $4.1 that ended in $6M (for example)... where they would have to ask him to take a large cut in salary. If they were to give him an escalated contract now they can start him off with a nice raise and the understanding that he would be making less as his worth would naturally decline with age... rather than starting out with decrease that would continue to decline.
I see the $4.1M flat Islander contract as being beneficial for the Flyers as they attempt to woo him... and manage their Cap going forward.