Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit will miss at least two weeks with a sprained shoulder, GM Ron Hextall announced tonight. Streit suffered the injury late in the Flyer’s game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and did not play in either the last 2:26 of the 3rd period or in overtime. He joins fellow Flyer defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on the sidelines as Gostisbehere is day-to-day recovering from a hand injury.
Streit has exceeded expectations this year, scoring 5G and 11A in 31 games and is 5th in team scoring. He’s on the final year of a four-year deal worth $5.25MM a year. Streit turned 39 this year so questions naturally arise as to whether he returns for another season. Injuries like this always weigh heavily on a player’s mind and could sway the scales one way or another. If Streit maintains his production, however, the Flyers should consider offering a one or two year contract.
Streit’s injury puts Philadelphia’s nine-game win streak in jeopardy. With both Gostisbehere and Streit sidelined, the Flyers lose their top-two power-play quarterbacks. Rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov will gain an expanded role on the blue line until either defenseman returns.