National Hockey League trade deadline: Lightning trade Valtteri Filppula, acquire, then trade Mark Streit

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Removing the emotion from the equation, it's pretty clear that the Tampa Bay Lightning are in fact winners at the trade deadline. Pittsburgh also brought in Frankie Corrado from Toronto for forwards Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

Yzerman send Filppula to Philadelphia along with a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick for Mark Streit. Frank Seravalli of TSN reports that the Flyers are eating a portion of Streit's salary, which doesn't really matter since it's done in 20 games. The Bolts then traded Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick.

The 39-year-old signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Flyers prior to the 2013-14 season and waived his no trade clause in order to complete the deal.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, acquire a veteran center in the 32-year-old Filppula, who has seven goals and 27 assists in 59 games this season.

Rutherford said Streit was on the his short list of defencemen, adding that he spoke to Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall but the initial asking price from the Flyers was too high.

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ABOUT THE FLYERS (29-26-7): Goaltender Michal Neuvirth signed a two-year, $5 million contract extension on Wednesday while checking forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare agreed to a two-year pact worth $2.9 million.

The expectation is Neuvirth will be exposed in June's Expansion draft protecting Anthony Stolarz.

This is far from an exciting deal but the two Florida teams have exchanged AHL netminders. Overall, the Lightning receive all the benefits of moving Filppula and his salary for the cost of a conditional seventh round pick.

Speaking of those superior Flyers rivals, the team making the most noise so far in what's actually been a fairly busy pre-deadline trading period is the Metro team that already was making the best case for Stanley Cup favorite.