Blog Entry

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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I'm not saying that this specific deal is what the Flyers need to do; after all, maybe Carter will have the truly break-out season we've always wanted for him, and maybe the earlier poster is right in saying that the overall 8th pick isn't that big a deal, and he's probably also right that a "top-six" forward in Columbus is probably no better than top 10 or 11 in Philadelphia.
Still, this may be the type of deal the Flyers will have to make if they're serious about the goalie situation and if they consider that need more serious and urgent.  Unfortunately, there aren't all that many really good goalies out there--and the few teams that have them aren't giving them up that easily--unless you consider Bryzgalov in that category.  And the Flyers probably can't get very many teams to solve it for them by taking the contracts of both Hartnell and Versteeg (much less for anything of significance in return).

So I'm not saying they have to make this deal--but you can be sure that nothing will improve a great deal with the goalie situation unless they make some trade almost as drastic. 




Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I judge based on playoff performance. Not 82 games. I don't think Hartnell is worth his salary but he has manned up and contributed in the spring, especially in 2010. Poor Jeffy Poo just no shows. I do not want to hear about injuries. He has been on the ice during the past 4 years. When it's the playoffs, everyone is banged up. This year was his shot and he was a non factor vs Buffalo even before his collision with Tyler Myers. I have never seen a 6'4 guy play so small. Briere who's a foot shorter (slight exaggeration.LOL) crashes the net, this creampuff doesn't. He lives on long shots from bad angles and hopes they go in. He's the Anti Legion of Doom who had physical 6'4 guys too. I have not liked this guy from Day 1 being an old school Flyers guy and am not afraid to admit it.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

But when the Flyers were looking to make a few moves during the 2009-10 and the window to trade Carter was there, Holmgren flat out said he was going no where. Then he followed that up by giving him a 12-yr extension in 2011
nobody ever accused Homer of being smart



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Biggest Playoff No Show in the post lockout history of the Flyers. Don't let the door hit ya in the ass Jeffy Boy. Good riddance !



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

what intelligent human being would take hartnell and his 4 mil contract. plan on him being on your roster.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

As far as trading Hartnell to the Sabres...I'd take in return Lindey Ruff's daughter. She seems to be a fan of Philly.


If this is true, then you can have the b--ch!  That's treason!

I could be on dope, but I believe that the Sabres will be SC contenders next season.  Probably, I am just a little euphoric over having a new owner that seems IS willing to spend.  The Sabres are center-short; if your team is long that position then good things could happen.




Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

I enjoy some of the analysis that has been offered thus far. I would trade Hartnell in a second before I would ever think to deal Carter, yet Hartnell has a no trade clause. Unless, a viable Cup contender is waived in front of him he's with the Orange and Black for another two years.
Personally, I think the odd man out has to be Carle. Barring if they can trade him, of course. And I don't see how he would be a tough sell to most clubs consdiering he is still a healthy, young, two-way defenseman.
As far as trading Hartnell to the Sabres...I'd take in return Lindey Ruff's daughter. She seems to be a fan of Philly.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Carter has been a disapointment this season.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

Carter has been a disapointment this season.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Report: Blue Jackets talk to Flyers about Carter

spaerk, I have to come out and say that I cannot stand the hockey team from Philadelphia - I have hated them since 1975.  And, I like hating them!  I do not state this to irritate anyone, it's a simple fact.  That being said, I love reading messages from fans of the hockey team from Philadelphia.  You guys have got some passion!

As for...
trade Hartnell
... What would you want from the Sabres to get this done?


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com