Cana­di­ens re­port­edly place Streit on waivers

Sud­denly, he’s out of re­built de­fense

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Hockey / Pro Basketball -

From wire dis­patches

Vet­eran de­fense­man Mark Streit is sud­denly the odd-man out in the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ on­go­ing blue-line shuffle.

The Cana­di­ens re­port­edly placed Streit, 39, on waivers. The Cana­di­ens have not of­fi­cially an­nounced the move.

The abrupt de­ci­sion comes three months af­ter Mon­treal signed Streit to a one-year, $700,000 con­tract af­ter he won a Stan­ley Cup with the Pen­guins last sea­son.

The Cana­di­ens signed Streit in free agency to re­stock their de­pleted group of de­fense­man. 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 fa­vor of Bran­don David­son, who was ac­quired in a trade with Ed­mon­ton last sea­son.

The Cana­di­ens’ re­formed de­fen­sive group also in­cludes free-agent ad­di­tion Karl Alzner and rookie Vic­tor Mete.

Cana­di­ens coach Claude Julien pre­vi­ously said pa­tience was re­quired to al­low the play­ers a chance to de­velop.

“We’re go­ing to be fine,” Julien said af­ter the 6-1 loss at Wash­ing­ton last week­end. “A lot of new faces back there, and guys are just try­ing to get used to do­ing the right things and be­ing in sync with each other.”

This is Streit’s sec­ond stint with Mon­treal af­ter spend­ing his first three NHL sea­sons with the Cana­di­ens. He has 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 games in a row since a sea­sonopen­ing shootout win at Buf­falo.

Fly­ers

Team founder Ed Snider will be hon­ored with a 9-foot bronze statue out­side the Wells Fargo Cen­ter in Philadel­phia. Snider founded the team in the 1960s and re­mained chair­man un­til his death in April 2016. The statue will be un­veiled Oct. 19 to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Fly­ers’ first home game in 1967. Chad Fisher, of Fisher Sculp­ture of Dills­burg, Pa., cre­ated and built the 1,300-pound bronze statue, which will stand on a 3-foot base en­cased by solid gran­ite.

Devils

New Jer­sey an­nounced that for­ward Michael McLeod is ex­pected to miss four to six weeks af­ter hav­ing suc­cess­ful arthro­scopic surgery for a torn menis­cus in his left knee.

Jac­ques Boissinot/As­so­ci­ated Press

Mon­treal re­port­edly put for­mer Pen­guins de­fense­man Mark Streit, right, on waivers, just three months af­ter sign­ing him to a one-year, $700,00 con­tract.

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