The New York Islanders this afternoon dealt departing Captain and impending Free Agent to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2014 4th round Draft Selection and F Shane Harper. The writing's been on the wall for Streit's departure for about a week now, so his right's being dealt isn't surprising; nor is it surprising that the Isles received a 4th round pick in a future draft and a C/D level prospect for the Captain of the team. Mark Streit wanted to get paid, and Mark Streit thinks he can play the game at a top pair level. Like Jerry Nill, Paul Holmgren is taking his chances on a player on the wrong side of 35 with injury concerns to possibly be an anchor on his defense. I'm sorry, Mark Streit's an anchor, but not the dependable sort.
What's great is the Isles get an extra pick to play with in the 2014 draft so they can package a few picks next year to get back into the 2nd round this year in case someone falls into the 2nd. Also, the Isles could just use the 4th rounder (which will come higher than the Isles own 4th rounder, probably) to pick someone. The most successful 4ths in recent memory are Casey Cizikas and David Ullstrom, and Streit's heir apparent on D, Matt Donovan, was a 4th rounder as well.
What about Shane Harper...well, his most valuable assets might be that he's a right handed shooter, and apparently skates well. Beyond those two points, he's 24, was an un-drafted player with an unspectacular Junior career in the WHL, he notched 80 points as an over ager. He also lacks size (5'11 and 193 pounds), and while the junior numbers look impressive in abstract (335 games, 214 points), he's not really a prospect. Since signing an ELC with the Flyers he's played 143 games with the Adirondack Phantoms collecting 20 goals and 41 points. He's torn up the ECHL in two stints collecting 72 points in 63 games. Simply put, if the Islanders retain him (they need to extend a Qualifying offer), he'll be a bottom 6 Forward at Bridgeport who will spend more time in the Press box than on the ice if everybody is healthy there. He's more likely ticketed to be an ECHL All-Star than every be a contributing member of the Islanders on LI or Brooklyn.
In summation, we got a 2014 Pick for Mark Streit and a replaceable depth forward as an off-loaded contract due to Contract Caps. It's a solid move to get something for a guy who wasn't going to re-sign with us. I have no qualms with the move and am glad this was resolved quickly.