The Montreal Canadiens did well to source out some quality veteran help for their blueline and they were able to do so on a good budgetary deal, signing 39-year old Swiss defenseman Mark Streit to a 1-year, $700,000 deal on Tuesday morning.
Streit started his NHL career in 2006 with the Canadiens and he is now coming a full circle around, since this could be his last season in the NHL, giving it one more spin.
Last season, Streit split time between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, playing in 68 games, scoring 6 goals and 27 points, which was still good enough for 62nd among all defensemen, making him pool worthy still.
Joining the Canadiens should offer him some ice-time still, as the top three may be set, but depending on the day, the bottom three or four can find themselves swapped around pretty easily, also finding their way up to the press box from time to time. Streit's offensive abilities could still translate for this team, making him a reasonable option for your hockey pool team, especially if you have salary cap constraints.
|Tomas Plekanec||6.000||Shea Weber||7.857||Carey Price||6.500|
|Jonathan Drouin||5.500||Jeff Petry||5.500||Al Montoya||1.063|
|Alex Galchenyuk||4.900||Karl Alzner||4.625|
|Max Pacioretty||4.500||David Schlemko||2.100|
|Andrew Shaw||3.900||Brandon Davidson||1.425|
|Brendan Gallagher||3.750||Jordie Benn||1.100|
|Torrey Mitchell||1.200||Mark Streit||0.700|
The Habs are far from locked in with this projected 23-man roster, but it is a pretty basic idea of what they could possibly look like, come puck drop in October. This current group is coming in with a shade over $7 million left in unused cap space. That's more than enough to find some extra help on a possible 1-year deal, if needed.
The addition of Streit is actually a pretty good one, in theory. Streit is a very good puck mover and the Canadiens are going to remain a counter attacking team, which will rely on their speed at the forefront. I think Streit could do a lot of good things on this team and could post a reasonable amount of points, but his ice-time may be limited to a certain degree, so I wouldn't go too crazy with his 2018 projections.