Defenseman Mark Streit signed a one-year contract to return to the Montreal Canadiens during the offseason and was excited for the new season.
However, just two games into his second stint with the Habs, the 39-year-old was waived off and assigned him to AHL. Streit confided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week about how shocked he was by the club's decision.
“What happened in Montreal was kind of a surprise and a shock,” Streit said this week. “I expected something else, but it is what it is. It’s hockey. It’s a business. You shake it off, see what’s out there and what you want to do.”
Streit refused to report to Laval Rocket and the Canadiens terminated his contract earlier this month. It is now expected that the blue liner will most likely move back home to Switzerland and attempt to make the national team for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Streit won a Stanley Cup with Penguins, as he joined them at the trade deadline last season after a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers. He did hint at retirement in his interview.
“Being part of the team, it was special,” Streit said. “Winning a Cup, getting a ring and having the Cup back in Switzerland, it was unbelievable.
"I couldn’t dream of a better end of my career.”