dglobalnews.com Lightning trade Filppula for Streit, then ship Streit to Penguins
Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Lightning trade Filppula for Streit, then ship Streit to Penguins

The 31-year-old Bellemare, who has provided an integral presence on the Flyers' penalty kill this season, has collected three goals and as many assists while competing in all 62 games in 2016-17.

It's no secret the Lightning has been trying to move center Valtteri Filppula - and his $5 million cap hit for next season.

The Lightning acquired Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Valtteri Filppula and two draft picks on Wednesday, then nearly immediately flipped him to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

The Lightning had included fourth-round and seventh-round picks in their deal with the Flyers to offset Philly taking on the past year of Filppula's contract in 2017-18.

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Because of the trade, the Philadelphia Flyers had to move down a forward to create space for Filppula. The 12-year veteran has seven goals and 34 points in 59 games this season. Boyle was eventually traded to Toronto Monday on his own for minor league forward Byron Froese and a second-round pick.

Filppula is set to make $5 million in 2017-18. It was reported by Canada's TVA Sports that Filppula was a part of a bigger deal with the Maple Leafs but rejected the trade. Streit is a veteran defenseman with an expiring contract, meaning that this deal is a big-time salary dump for Tampa Bay. The Bolts then traded Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick.

The Lightning have sent Streit to the Penguins for a 2018 draft pick. The removal of Filppula, 32, from the Lightning roster frees general manager Steve Yzerman from having to expose one of their younger forwards in the expansion draft.

With NHL trade deadline day upon them, the Flyers weren't expected to play much of a role in any of the typical rumors running around the hockey airwaves. The two split time earlier this year but Murray has become the de facto No. 1.

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