MONTREAL — Mark Streit’s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens could wind up being shorter than anyone might have anticipated.

Sportsnet has learned that the Canadiens are actively shopping the 39-year-old defenceman, whom they signed to a one-year, $1 million contract in July.

Streit scored six goals and added 16 assists in 68 games split between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. But he’s only appeared in two of Montreal’s four games this year while averaging 14:33 per game.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said at the team’s annual golf tournament in September that the left-handed defender was brought to Montreal to potentially supplant what the team lost on the power play when Andrei Markov signed with the KHL’s Ak-Bars Kazan in July.

The Swiss native has already been relegated to the outside of a crowded blue line, and the imminent return of David Schlemko, who’s been nursing a hand injury since the first week of training camp and is on the cusp of being cleared for action, will push him further to the periphery.

In order to activate Schlemko, the Canadiens will be forced to send 19-year-old Victor Mete back to the OHL’s London …read more


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