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Flyers' Streit blocking out trade rumors

Veteran defenseman has struggled, could be dealt before Monday deadline

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit has been in the NHL long enough to know that the best thing to do at this time of the season is block out anything that doesn't have to do with the next game.

That's why Streit said the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, which comes Monday at 3 p.m. ET, is something to which he's not paying attention.

With the Flyers five points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Streit is a player that has surfaced in trade rumors involving the Flyers.

"I don't really read anything," he said. "I don't really care about that stuff. I just want to play good hockey and help the team. I think it's for the whole League, not stressful, but everybody knows it's the trade deadline and things are going to happen. But as a player you can't really control it, so as much as possible you want to play hockey and do your best on the ice and help the team win hockey games. All the other things you can't control."

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Streit, 38, has one season left on his contract, with a $5.25 million salary-cap charge, according to war-on-ice.com.

Last season he tied for the League lead among defensemen with 30 power-play points, and in 81 games he had nine goals and 52 points.

This season has been a struggle. Streit missed six weeks following surgery Nov. 17 to repair a detached pubic plate and hasn't been the same player since returning. In 24 games back in the lineup he has one goal and two assists. He's also lost his spot on the top power-play unit to rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Regardless of his role or what's going on outside the locker room, Streit said his sole focus is the next game, which Thursday meant the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m. ET; FS-N, CSN-PH, NHL.TV). He said worrying about anything beyond that is a waste of time.

"I don't read anything; I never really did," he said. "What's the advantage? For me there's nothing to gain. I know when I play good, I know when I didn't play that great. I didn't need to read it in the newspaper or on the Internet. If there's rumors … rumors are rumors and I don't pay attention to that.

"If I read every article on the Internet it would drive me crazy. What's the advantage of that? People writing things; what do they know? We'll see. I think for players, it's best if you just stay away and concentrate on hockey and do whatever you can on the ice."

Streit did say he would like to stay in Philadelphia but isn't concerned about what could happen between now and Monday.

"I'm a Flyer," he said. "I love playing for this team and I've said that all along. We'll see."

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