Flyers Acquire Zhitnik

According to (team’s official website):

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Freddy Meyer and a conditional draft pick.

So much for the youth movement… I know the Flyers defense is abysmal, but Freddy wasn’t the biggest problem.  I don’t understand trading away a 25 year old defenseman who makes $525k for a 34 year old defenseman who makes $3.5 million and won’t make a material impact on the team.  Now they have $10.5 million a year tied up in 3 defenseman that wouldn’t make the top pairing on most teams.  Meyer had a great year last year and had a future as a solid 4-5 defenseman on this team.  To top it all off they sent a draft pick the other way. 

Let’s hope something else is brewing…

Does anyone know how long Zhitnik is under contract for?  He is a solid player who will play well for the orange and black.