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Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Valtteri Filppula

02 March 2017

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been trying to solidify their blue line depth with numerous injuries to account for - so they have acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In a odd three-way trade, after the Flyers dealt Mark Streit to the Lightning, Tampa Bay has now moved Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth round pick.

In 59 games with the Bolts this season, Filppula has seven goals and 34 points. That first-round pick was later traded to Toronto as part of a deal to move up in the 2015 draft and select Travis Konecny. Because Filppula, who spent eight years in the Detroit Red Wings organization, had a no movement clause, he has to be protected this summer in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

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Philadelphia has a log jam at defense with a multitude of blue line prospects likely to make the jump to the National Hockey League next year.

The 39-year-old Streit has spent four years with the Flyers, the last three as an alternate captain. His $5 million cap hit is a small upgrade from Streit's $5.25 million cap hit - though the Flyers will retain some of Streit's salary, as per TSN's Darren Dreger.

From the Lightning's perspective, this was a creative move by Yzerman and his staff to shed a large salary while also opening up an expansion draft protection slot - addressing two significant off-ice concerns for the club as they prepare for another important summer.