When the smoke had cleared, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wouldn't say his team was in better shape for the future. The Flyers also get Tampa's fourth round pick in 2017 and a conditional seventh round pick in 2017. The veteran puck mover with power-play experience has five goals and 16 assists in 49 games this season.
In return, the Flyers will be getting Filppula, a third-line center who has 34 points in 59 games for the Lightning, and a seventh-round draft pick.
Filppula has a list of 13 teams he can not be traded to without his permission. This means that the Flyers are forced to protect Filppula in this year's expansion draft.
To lessen the blow of losing two draft picks in the deal, Yzerman turned around and dealt Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2018 4th round pick. Filppula's cap hit charges the Philadelphia Flyers $5 million for this year and next year. Streit had just been traded to Tampa from Philadelphia, and the Lightning have agreed to pay 50 percent of his salary.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has taken a much different direction than the one they chose last season.
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This is far from an exciting deal but the two Florida teams have exchanged AHL netminders.
Goaltender Peter Budaj was acquired by the team from the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, in a trade for Ben Bishop and a fifth-round draft pick.
The Flyers (29-26-7, 65 points) sit three points behind the Panthers (29-23-10, 68 points) and New York Islanders (29-22-10, 68 points) and all three teams are trying to catch the eighth-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs (28-21-13), who hold the final playoff spot in the East with 69 points.
Neuvirth signed a $5 million deal which breaks down to $2.5 million a year. The two split time earlier this year but Murray has become the de facto No. 1.