Flyers to trade Carter – Possibly for a goalie?

Carter, who has struggled in consecutive playoff seasons and is entering the final year of a contract that pays him $5 million.

Carter certainly deserves credit for returning early from two broken feet, and it would be unfair to judge him on his playoff performance. But with Briere and Giroux flourishing at center and Carter out of place on the wing, there is simply no room for him on the roster.

So the question may not be whether the Flyers should trade Carter, but for whom? Do they deal him for a young goalie, like Jonathan Bernier , Jonathan Quick , Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak ? Or, do they trade him for a much-needed, top-line right wing like Florida’s Nathan Horton ($4 million cap hit for three years) or Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan ($1.9 cap hit for one year)?

The Flyers could also use a productive right wing to go with Giroux and van Riemsdyk. Mark Recchi, a 42-year-old unrestricted free agent who followed an 18-goal regular season with six goals in 13 playoff games, might work.


Really, it comes down to this: Do you re-sign Michael Leighton at about $2 million and let him challenge Johan Backlund for the starting job? Or do you let Leighton walk and give up a player like Carter to land a prospect you can groom into your No. 1 goalie for the next 10 years?

It appears highly unlikely the Flyers will go the free-agent route with a goalie, simply because it would be cost-prohibitive.

Leighton certainly struggled vs. the Blackhawks in the finals, but the fact he got them there after missing seven weeks with a high ankle sprain is amazing. Just as important, his teammates believe he should return as the No. 1 netminder.

Of course, if Leighton is looking for a contract in the $3 million range, the Flyers would be wise to let him walk and trade for one of the young goalies in Los Angeles or Montreal.

12 Responses to Flyers to trade Carter – Possibly for a goalie?

  1. pezzz123 says:

    To Florida : Jeff Carter, Braydon Coburn

    To Philly : Tomas Vokoun, 3rd overall pick

    Then the Panthers trade Olesz and Clemmensen to Chicago for Versteeg, Huet and the 30th overall pick.

    This move gives the Flyers cap space to resign Giroux, JVR, Leino and Gagne after this season. They also get a top 5 goaltender in Vokoun. He's UFA after this season, but will cost less than the 5.7 per he's making right now. Vokoun at around 4.5 could be a steal. With the 3rd overall pick, they can draft Fowler or Gudbranson to take Coburn's spot.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Olesz is a good defensive forward, but too big of a price tag. I guess getting rid of Huet in that deal helps but I think Chicago would want something different. Other than that, looks good.

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  3. pezzz123 says:

    Olesz is only a salary dump for the Panthers to take Huet's contract. Olesz will be buried in the minors.

  4. number15 says:


    – Tomas Kaberle
    – Mikael Grabovski
    – 2nd rounder


    – Jeff Carter

  5. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    This trade makes sense. It really addresses there need at RW and goaltending…..

  6. leafy says:

    Stupid decision by the Flyers. However, if they wanna trade Carter to the Leafs, I'd be more than happy to see that happen.


    The Flyers don't need dman.. they already have Pronger, Carle, Coburn, and Timmonen.. their biggest need is a goaltender.


    They should just sign Dan Ellis, I think he could be a solid no1 if given a chance…

  9. cam7777 says:

    Try a three-way instead:

    To Vancouver:

    Tomas Kaberle
    James Reimer

    To Philadelphia:

    Corey Schneider
    Steve Bernier
    1st in 2010 (VAN)

    To Toronto:

    Jeff Carter

    Canucks are looking to dump Bernier's salary anyways, so the trade is basically Kaberle/Reimer for Schneider/1st – which is pretty fair.  Philly gets everything they want.

  10. leafmeister says:

    Its not like I would say no to that trade, as having the two quickest wrist shots in hockey would be sweet, but I think getting a playmaker should be #1 priority.

  11. Canadian1967 says:

    To Calgary:                Jeff Carter 
    To Philadelphia:         Mikka Kiprusoff

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