If not Carter, who will Flyers deal to make space?

Sometime either before or during the first day of the NHL draft on June 24, the Flyers figure to be making some roster moves to secure the salary cap space needed to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

There’s been speculation everywhere, most notably in the Columbus Dispatch, and locally among some blogs, about the Flyers’ dealing Jeff Carter for the Blue Jackets’ eighth overall pick in the first round and enigmatic forward Jakub Voracek.

Various sources in both cities confirm the Flyers talked about moving up in the draft. Even general manager Paul Holmgren has said it in talks with media.

But the discussions that Holmgren had at the draft combine recently with Columbus GM Scott Howson weren’t about Carter or the pick. At that time, sources said, it was a dinner to discuss a deal that would have brought goalie Steve Mason to the Flyers.

Shortly after, the Flyers reconsidered and ended up making a deal with Phoenix to get Bryzgalov’s rights. The Flyers have until July 1 to sign the Russian or he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Now, Holmgren and Howson are still talking about that pick but in a lesser deal, sources say. The Blue Jackets have long lacked a scoring forward of Carter’s pedigree. But the Flyers don’t appear willing to move Carter’s $5.27 million cap hit to clear space for Bryzgalov.

Rather, they are leaning toward making a series of moves totaling at least $5 million, if they can. Columbus is also seeking a power-play defenseman. Matt Carle ($3.43 million cap hit) would fit that bill, but Howson wants more than him for the eighth pick, we’re told.

Would he take Scott Hartnell ($4.2 million) or Kris Versteeg ($3.083 million)? Not likely. Howson wants a proven, impact scorer for that pick, preferably a centerman.


18 Responses to If not Carter, who will Flyers deal to make space?

  1. reinjosh says:

    The need to find a way to move Briere. He`s the best option.

    Moving Carle and Verteeg would accomplish getting the cap space but they lose depth. Losing Carle would essential take away a top 4 spot and the cap space they clear would go to Brzy. They don`t have the prospects to mitigate the loss. Same with Versteeg. Especially with the trouble Philly is in, and the very likely event that any role players they trade will gain them very little, they are not great options. 
    Briere, while expensive, is a potential PPG top line center and could gain the flyers the cap space they need along with some decent prospects in return to help the system out. His loss could be mitigated by Giroux, Richards, JVR, Carter etc. 
    Some beat writer for the Flyers is speculating that Snider wants to move Richards. Not sure how reliable the guy is though.
  2. Jets_Back says:

    Good luck to Paul MacLean in Ottawa.

    Its going to be a bit of a long rebuild but hopefully GM Bryan Murray will give MacLean more time than his predecessors.

  3. leafy says:

    Let's face it, Roberto Luongo is no Patrick Roy.

  4. Jets_Back says:

    Putting them in the same sentence is insulting.

  5. leafy says:

    Something definitely wrong with Vancouver. How can you lose games 8-1, 4-0 and 5-2 in one series and expect to win?  Boston has played more like champions in this series.

    If the Canucks win Game 7, they'll be the most pathetic team in NHL history to ever win a Stanley Cup championship.

  6. Boston_Bruins says:

    Can't believe this series is tied to be honest. 19-8, but 3-3. Unreal.

  7. albertateams says:

    Two things that I didn't like about last nights game.

    First the Boychuk hit on Raymond. Mason didn't have the puck and was driven backwards into the boards at a really strange angle. Boychuk should have been penalized. This is another one of those respect type hits that drive me crazy, nothing to do with the play, a player in a defensless position and Boychuk still puts him into the boards, there was nothing good that could have come from that play. UP until that point Boychuk was doing a fantastic job and havings a good series.

    Secound, would some one on the Canucks please grow a pair. Particularily the Sedins. Hank, Marchand is 5.9 180 lbs, you are 6.2 190 for the love of good punch him back and stop being such a ***** (I don't care if you don't fight see Vinny VS Iggy). Why has nobody on the Canucks sent Marchand a message? This midget is running around creating havoic with your so called star players somebody step up and knock his block off. I give Marchand credit he's playing his game to a T, but come on Canucks how do you allow it?

    I really could care less who wins this series, both teams IMO have played a classless final.

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    How exactly was that a "hit"?

  9. albertateams says:

    He pushed him into the boards when he was in a vunerable postion. If you don't want to call it a hit, don't, its a cheap shot and an interferance penalty at the very least.

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    A hit is what Edler did to Peverley. They were tangled up and it was like a slow drive into the boards. More unfortunate than anything.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    Not sure why I can't start a new post, so I'll just do it here.

    I bought this hockey book during the lockout so I'm not sure if this stat has held up post-lockout, but it's crazy nonetheless. The Bruins are tied with the '83 and '85 Oilers for the most 3-or-more-goal wins in a playoff season with 6.

  12. albertateams says:

    Its still a cheap unnessacary play by Boychuk where someone gets seriously hurt. Boychuk drives him towards the boards while Raymond is bent over there was nothing accidental about the play.

    I'm not saying its just Boston, there is plenty of crap in this series by both teams. Thats why I think this entire SCF has been an embarassment with  sideshow antics. Its unfortunate because most of the time its been pretty good hockey. Fabulous for the media but its a complete circus.

  13. albertateams says:

    I haven't been able to either.

  14. albertateams says:

    3 or 4 months Raymond will be out on a pointless play, that shows a complete lack of respect for an oponents well being, this SFC has had some real disgraceful plays. 

  15. Boston_Bruins says:

    Like I said, it's very unfortunate. Raymond is probably my favourite Canuck. But do you think it was Boychuk's intention to contort his body like that and take him out for months by slowly skating him into the boards? It looks more like a freak injury to me.

  16. Boston_Bruins says:

    Wanted to post this on the Islanders trading their first pick:

    I really want the Bruins to trade up for it to get Hamilton. I'd be willing to package the 9 and a top prospect or something to do it. People are saying there's a top group of 9 now with Zibinejad's emergence, so maybe the Isles do it.

  17. albertateams says:

    I don't think he intended to hurt him that badly, but it was no accident either and one thing for sure is it should have been a penalty.

  18. hockey_lover says:


    I didnt want vancouver to win before. After one of the sedins came out an guaranteed a win, OMG, do I want them to lose so freaking bad.

    I hope the game ends in overtime with the sedin bi*tches running into each other and scoring in their own net off luongo's face.

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