The New York Islanders have made a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.  

The Islanders have traded Mark Streits' rights to the Flyers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick and a minor league player Shane Harper, of the Phantoms.

The Flyers desperately needed a defenseman and with the trade today they are getting a decent player in Streit.  

With Philly lacking Dman, it wouldn't surprise me if Streit receives a contract north of what he wanted from the Islanders.

I wrote last week about Streits' impending free agency, "Streit, a pending unrestriced free agent, wanted to return to the Islanders. However, he wanted more then three years and much more than teammate Lubomir Visnovsky re-signed for right before the trade deadline.  Everyone saw the steady decreased play in Streits' game the last few years.  

Streit signed with the Islanders five years ago to a $20 million contract and at the time I thought that was a great move for the young team.  However, that was five years ago and five years in hockey can take a toll on a player and their body.

The last five years Streit was a formidable part on the Islanders blue-line until the latter part of the last year and a half where after sustaining a shoulder injury in training camp, his battle level took a hit.

Whether you like Streit or not he was a great piece to the team the last five years and he will get a chance to continue his career elsewhere." 

The fun is just beginning! How close are the Islanders to resigning Evgeni Nabokov and what will they do with Rick DiPietro when the buy-out period begins 48 hours after the Stanley Cup and what will they do at the Draft?

Stay tuned...