Canadiens sign Mark Streit to a one-year deal

The Swiss international was a late bloomer that started in Montreal. Now, he returns to where it all began for him.

The Montreal Canadiens and defenceman Mark Streit put pen to paper on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay Streit $700,000.

The contract has an annual average value of $1 million, including bonuses.

Streit was a Canadiens ninth-round draft pick in 2004. He made his debut with Montreal during the 2005-06 season. He scored his first career goal against the San Jose Sharks on a blast from the point.

Streit spent his first three seasons with the Habs. He played in 205 games and scored 109 points over that span.

After a career-best 62 point season in 2007-08, Streit elected to sign with the New York Islanders as a free agent.

He spent the next five seasons in Long Island, eventually being named the team’s captain in 2011-12. Streit scored 179 points in 286 games.

Streit signed a four-year, $21 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has played the last four years in Philadelphia but was shipped to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.

The move worked out in the end for Streit, who won his first Stanley Cup with the Penguins. He posted two points in three games in the postseason.

What is his role going to be with Montreal?

At the very least, Streit is a depth defender on Montreal. As the Canadiens defensive core sits now, the sixth defensive spot is between him David Schlemko and Brendan Davidson. The log jam at the back end could be even worse depending on the situation of Andrei Markov.

The longtime Habs defender reportedly wanted $6 million annually over two seasons. Montreal wasn’t willing to sign him at that price and let him walk to free agency.

With the signing of Streit, the Canadiens have covered their bases if Markov doesn’t end up coming back. He’s a left handed offensive defenceman for very cheap. His situation should become more clear in the coming weeks.

But for now, enjoy the return of a former Hab to the city that kickstarted his NHL career.

What are your thoughts on the Streit signing? Do you think this marks the end for Andrei Markov with the Habs? And what other moves do you think

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