Cana­di­ens place Streit on waivers

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

Mon­treal (AP) — Vet­eran de­fence­man Mark Streit is sud­denly the odd-man out in the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ on­go­ing blue line shuf­fle.

The Cana­di­ens have placed the 39-year-old on waivers. The abrupt de­ci­sion comes three months af­ter Mon­treal signed Streit to a one-year, $700,000 con­tract af­ter he won a Stan­ley Cup with Pitts­burgh last sea­son.

The Cana­di­ens signed Streit in free agency to re­stock their de­pleted group of de­fence­man. An­drei Markov left to play in his na­tive Rus­sia, Alexei Emelin was claimed in the NHL ex­pan­sion draft and Nathan Beaulieu was traded to Buf­falo.

Streit had no points in play­ing Mon­treal’s first two games, be­fore be­ing benched the next two in favour of Bran­don Davidson. The Cana­di­ens’ re­formed de­fen­sive group also in­cludes freeagent ad­di­tion Karl Alzner and rookie Vic­tor Mete. Cana­di­ens coach Claude Julien pre­vi­ously said pa­tience was re­quired to al­low the play­ers a chance to de­velop. This is Streit’s sec­ond stint with Mon­treal af­ter spend­ing his first three NHL sea­sons with the Cana­di­ens. He’s topped 40 points in six of 11 sea­sons and over­all has 96 goals and 338 as­sists in 786 games.

The Cana­di­ens have been outscored 11-2 in los­ing three straight since a sea­sonopen­ing 3-2 shootout win at Buf­falo.

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