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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

Comments

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:40 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Can the Flyers get under the cap by trading away Versteeg, not resigning Leino and Carcillo, and waiving Shelley (worthless) and Laperriere? Plus O'Donnell wont be resigned. Trading carter just seems so drastic. The guy has been horrible in the playoffs, but usually leads the team in goals during the regular season.




Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:39 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Can the Flyers get under the cap by trading away Versteeg, not resigning Leino and Carcillo, and waiving Shelley (worthless) and Laperriere? Plus O'Donnell wont be resigned. Trading carter just seems so drastic. The guy has been horrible in the playoffs, but usually leads the team in goals during the regular season.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:43 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Glad you admitted it.  Old school or not I am sure you are a huge Richards fan as well.
Replacing our #1 scorer will be difficult.
Remember losing Knuble....our PP sucked.  No one in front.  Does he seem worth 3 mil now?
40 goals is a lot to lose, picking up that Voracek will help but that is another 20 goals gone.
Unless Versteeg can show that he is young AND talented...the trade for Versteeg makes no sense, we pay him 5 mil a year and let Jeff Carter go...and possibly Lieno...WTF.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:24 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Forget about Ilyal, keep Carter, resign Leino, and give Bob the keys to the net. He showed what he could do early on in the season when the Flyers were riding him. Once they started flip-flopping him and Boucher, that's when the kid started to lose a bit of confidence. He's showed he has what it takes to make it. The Flyers brass need to let him develop into that stud netminder that he can be. Who cares if he has a couple of bad games in a row? Stick with him.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:12 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I meant Holmgren committing to such a monster deal




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:11 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I'll be shocked if CLB puts another monster  (length) contract on the books, it'll be tough to refinance their debt (again) with so much on the books.   Unless the owners know that the cap is going down after the next CBA, I would be absolutely surprised to see CLB pick up a contract like Carters.    I do expect CLB to make a big trade because they need the headlines, and they have shown to have a decade + of drafting and development ineptitude.    Tough to imagine Carter committing such a monster deal to a player only to trade, wouldn't make much sense unless CLB was willing to grossly overpay.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:57 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Not something I would have done, basically Carter for Voracek and Bryzgalov.....I'll pass



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:13 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I'm loving this deal! It looks like it'll work out for both teams. Voracek has been a pleasure to watch in Columbus and will probably develop into a good forward that can play some D. And Philly gets a 1st round pick.
For the Jackets, they get an answer to one of their prayers - a 1st-line center who can score. Even his contract is a benefit, showing their fans a long-term commitment. This will rank up there as the most significant trade in Columbus history.



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 1:04 am
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Yeah I think this would be a good trade for the flyers.   Obviously if Bryzgalov wasn't involved in this, then it wouldn't be, but they have to fix the goalie situation.   This is the only way to do it.  Not going to clear space by getting rid of the role players only, you're gonna have to lose someone you don't want to see go.    On paper the deal doesn't look fair for the Flyers..losing a guy who is one of the best scorers in the league, but thats regular season.   For some reason he hasn't gotten it done in the playoffs.   He's not on the level of Semin when it comes to that, but not too far behind.   Those types of players lose so much respect when they continue to dominate in the regular season but their games go to shit when the playoffs start. 

Back on topic,  Flyers would be getting Bryzgalov, 8th overall pick,  and a decent young forward with potential  ... for Carter.     flyers have to pull the trigger on that one.  


Voracek's stats..  

80 games -  9 g ,  29 a  -  38 pts
81 games -  14 g , 34 a -  50 pts
80 games -  14 g , 32 a - 46 pts


Its not like the guy is a throw in.   More importantly he has stayed healthy so far.    Like I said, Flyers have the luxury to be able to do this because they have the depth, and their main goal is to fix their goalie situation by adding one of the best.   They would be clearing all that money, and adding a 8th pick overall( theyve been pretty good at drafting lately) ,  and Voracek.   




Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I frankly would pull the trigger. Let's be honest here no one wants Hartnell from everything I see (plus he gives you some toughness and chips in 20+ goals) and the guy that has the most value and who's contract makes sense is Carter. I like his durability and has probably one of the best shots in the game but if you think about it this way we traded carter, a minor leaguer, and a 3rd rounder for a possible top 5 goalie, brysgalov (has some skill) and the 8th pick in the draft.  This teams handling of the goalie situation has been ridiculous for the better part of 10 years.  I echo what the one guy said is that they should have rode Bobrovsky the whole way in the playoffs to see what we really have in him.  Management did it to themselves and now they have to fix it.  The team is still gonna be in the running for a cup for for-seeable future even without Carter.  The versteeg trade made no sense b/c I don't see how Leino will be back and I prefer him over versteeg.  


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