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Mark Streit recalls his one hour as member of Lightning

 
Mark Streit was traded by the Flyers to the Lightning, then by Tampa Bay to the Penguins.
Mark Streit was traded by the Flyers to the Lightning, then by Tampa Bay to the Penguins.
Published March 4, 2017

PITTSBURGH — Veteran D Mark Streit laughed Friday when asked to recall his roughly one hour as a member of the Lightning.

Streit, 39, was acquired by Tampa Bay just before Wednesday's trade deadline in the Valtteri Filppula deal with the Flyers. Streit was quickly flipped to the Penguins in a separate deal. Streit's first game for Pittsburgh happened to be against the Lightning on Friday. And he scored the winning goal in the Penguins' 5-2 win. He also had an assist.

"It's funny, isn't it?" Streit said of his opponent before the game. "A coincidence, I guess. It was a crazy afternoon (Wednesday). I never really went through it in my career, so it was a new experience."

Streit said he was at his Philadelphia home with his parents, Silvia and Juerg, who were visiting. He got a call from Flyers GM Ron Hextall at 2 p.m. that he was getting dealt to the Lightning. "When you get the call, obviously you think you're going to go there," he said. "But pretty shortly after, I talked to my agent, and he thought, 'Hang tight because this (other trade) might get going.' And it did. It was crazy, really emotional, but it's part of the business."

Streit said it wasn't until after the 3 p.m. deadline when he realized that the move to Pittsburgh was final; the Penguins sent a 2018 fourth-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, which is paying half of Streit's remaining salary.

Streit joined a short list of players acquired by the Lightning but traded the same day, including D Kyle Quincey in 2012 and C Sam Gagner 2014.

While in limbo, Streit said, he never spoke with GM Steve Yzerman but he reached out via text message to former Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, who had been a teammate with the Flyers.

With Pittsburgh playing in Chicago on Wednesday night, Streit said, it gave him a night to pack up and get his 2-month-old daughter, Victoria, settled. He's happy his family is still in the same state: "I could have been somewhere in the West Coast. Or in Tampa."

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Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith.