Lightning acquire defenceman Mark Streit from Flyers for centre Filppula

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. He was sent to Philly to open a little cap space for the team next season and also provides Philly some help offensively - as he has scored 34 points, with 27 assists with the Lightning.

But Streit's contract ($5.25 million) is running out and Filppula's ($5 million) still has another year left. Tampa Bay was in need of shedding salary and along with Filippula's no movement clause which makes him an automatic protection in July's expansion draft.

Mark Streit a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning for mere minutes. Streit is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman then sent Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Philadelphia has a log jam at defense with a multitude of blue line prospects likely to make the jump to the National Hockey League next year.

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At times, Filppula, a 6-foot, 196-pound Finn, centered Jonathan Drouin and Ryan Callahan this season.

Two years ago, Hextall made a terrific deal with Tampa, sending Braydon Coburn to the Lightning for Radko Gudas, a first-rounder in 2015, and a third-rounder in 2015.

The 39-year-old Streit has spent four years with the Flyers, the last three as an alternate captain.

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