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Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 3:30 pm

To make way for Ilya Bryzgalov and to help shore up their goaltending problems, the Flyers will have to clear space on the roster. That's a given. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets could be willing to help Philly shed some salary by chasing Jeff Carter.

Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.

Though it could occur sooner, it's likely such a trade wouldn't be completed until the first round of the entry draft is held on June 24 in St. Paul, Minn.

While the Flyers are still under the cap at this point, if they are to sign Bryzgalov to a deal he's looking for -- in the $6 million-per-year range -- they will need to do some trimming. Carter becomes an obvious target. The first reason being he has an annual salary of $5.27 million. Secondly, they are tied down to Carter for a long time as his contract doesn't run out until 2020-21. Third, he doesn't have the no-trade clause that would hamper a deal. Add in the fact he has plenty of ability (see his team-leading 36 goals this season) to intrigue teams despite his massive deal, you can understand why Carter is the target to ship. While Philadelphia probably isn't keen on shipping one of its best players, it's a move they need to make and Carter is the most logical.

The deal from Columbus' end is a bit of a risk, tying your organization to one player for so long. But it's a franchise in need of a jolt. Bringing a player like Carter, who is just 26, and pairing him with Rick Nash could help attract attention to a team that has made the postseason only once in 10 seasons. The nature of the game forces the hands of teams like Columbus to have to go for the bold move to make it. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes it doesn't. Adding a consistent 30-plus goal scorer in his prime, the chances of it panning out are pretty good.

Carter, while he has been outstanding in Philadelphia, has been a bit maligned by the team's faithful for his lackluster postseason showings. In the playoffs he has 21 points in 47 career games and a minus-14.

It has also been suggested by USA Today's Kevin Allen that Florida could be a place for the Flyers to look to shed salary. The Panthers are well below the salary floor at this point and will have to spend just to get there.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:33 am

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Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:10 pm

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I think a deal to the Leafs would make alot of sense. The Leafs could deal one of their young guys back to Philly along with one of their first round draft picks. They have two late picks and with this years draft supposedly being very deep it would make sense for Philly to take one of those picks. There are plenty of options for Toronto to ship out that would add grit and scoring to the Flyers and the Leafs are desperately looking for more scoring to take some of the pressure off of Kessel. I think if I was Holmgren I'd be on the phone with Burke making a case for the two teams to make a deal. Plenty of young second line talent in Toronto waiting for a deal like this to come up.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:13 pm

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Here,  Here,  I second that motion!

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 1:12 pm

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I'd welcome both of them leaving!  We need more heart in the locker room and on the ice.  By the way how's that $8 million a year on Snotty Gomez working out for ya?

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:36 pm

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Way to go Flyers! Looking forward to playing you many times this year minus your best goal man. Don't worry about scoring -- Bryzgalov will get it done for you, just like he did for the Coyotes. As a Habs fan, I give this deal two thumbs up. Maybe next year you can trade Richards away for another goalie...

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:58 am

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My g/f and I go at it all the time about this guy...she loves him...(thinks he's cute), I think he's a good player, but lousy playoff performer. Too much money for a guy with a -14 in 40some playoff games. Ideally...send Coburn packing, and Florida could use a guy like Versteeg. That would free up $$$ for Bryzgalov. I think if the right offer slid across my desk...I might even send Richards somewhere instead of Carter.......... but I'm not the G.M. of the Flyers...(or they would have a great goaltender by now)...just sayin...

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:57 am

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Carter is worthless when it comes to the playoffs, and playoffs are all that matters
He gets paid WAY too much not to be contributing in games that matter.
Getting Voracek and 8th would be a coup for the Flyers.
Id dump him for nothing just to get rid of his cap number.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:25 am

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It's not his play in regard to the system that was atrocious. It was his lack of puck skills and lack of size. He gets pushed around and knocked over by players the size of Gionta. That's not something that will improve with experience in the system.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 5:01 pm

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please take him will take anyone who has heart

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