Canadiens place Mark Streit on waivers after reported trade attempts

Montreal is ready to move Streit off its roster, one way or another.

The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Mark Streit on waivers Thursday, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The other 30 NHL teams will now have 24 hours to make claims on the 39-year-old defenseman.

Streit, a 12-year NHL veteran, joined the Canadiens over the summer on a one-year, $700,000 contract. He’s struggled to carve out a role on the team, however, and now looks set to be moved off the roster after just two appearances.

The Canadiens have tried to trade Streit recently, according to a report from Sportsnet on Wednesday. But the waivers move indicates there were no takers, as Montreal is now risking losing him for nothing. That wouldn’t happen if anyone had made a compelling trade offer to general manager Marc Bergevin.

The Montreal GM had said over the summer that Streit was brought in to potentially replace the offensive element that Andrei Markov, who left for the KHL, brought to the roster. Instead, rookie Victor Mete has been the one to get minutes next to Shea Weber and on the power play.

If Streit clears waivers, he could be assigned to the AHL’s Laval Rocket, agree to a mutual contract termination, or even retire if he’s unwilling to go to the minor leagues and the team refuses to terminate his deal. The team will have 30 days to figure out what to do before he would need to clear waivers again.

Streit recorded zero points and three shots on goal in two games with the Canadiens. Last season he recorded 27 points in 68 games with the Flyers and Penguins. He also appeared in three playoff games for Pittsburgh during its run to a second straight Stanley Cup.