Monday, October 16, 2017
Habs and Streit Part Ways
Well, the AHL was a no-go for veteran defenseman Mark Streit, who signed a 1-year deal with Montreal in the off-season, but couldn't quite make it work through two games played. With some added depth to the team's blueline in young player Victor Mete, the Habs wanted to move in the youthful direction, making Streit expendable.
The Canadiens tried to trade Streit, but couldn't make a deal. Streit cleared waivers, but didn't want to move to the AHL over the weekend, so the waiver route was taken again, this time the unconditional waivers, he cleared, and now his contract has been terminated.
Benson took the veteran with his 12th round pick in the draft this year and he'll now have to sit with him doing nothing for the next seven weeks. It's not the biggest crushing blow, but it is a gamble that has now blown up in his face.
Still, Benson's team is still in great shape, despite not having any production from Streit, nor anymore to come, as his team is 7th, 4 points out of 2nd.