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Flyers skate update: Jeff Carter participates, but Chris Pronger doesn’t

May 4, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

Jeff Carter AP

While they’re an opportunity for players to maintain some semblance of rhythm in the off-beat postseason, morning skates are often the source of speculation. It’s important to note that they aren’t always the most accurate barometer for who will play in a given night, especially amid the exhaustion of (ideally) a two-month playoff run.

That being said, they can occasionally give use something to talk about. The Philadelphia Flyers were the first team to provide some intrigue this morning, as forward Jeff Carter skated while defenseman Chris Pronger did not, according to Tim Panaccio.

On the negative side, some wonder if Pronger will be doubtful for the rest of the series with rumored hamstring or back issues. The other negative is that Carter was just staking at “3/4 speed” and might only be used on the power play, if he does play.

Of course, even a PP-only Carter could be useful, especially since the Flyers hope to engage in high-scoring games. Elliotte Friedman reports that Peter Laviolette said Carter “looked good,” so that could be a great sign.

It sounds like Pronger will miss tonight’s game while Carter could be a game-time decision, but if anything changes, we will let you know.

  1. clight3521 - May 4, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    a) i fail to see how Carter skating is a positive. he is a fraud and always disappears come playoff time. check it, he is less than worthless. absolutely brutal.
    b) when does he ever skate more than 3/4 speed? check any game tape, the guy glides and maybe actually tries to skate every other stride, at best. i’d rather have trent klatt on one leg than a fully healthy (or even PP-only) Jeff Carter. if you can name an even more obscure former or current flyer and remove one of his legs – yeah, i’d still rather have him over carter, too.

    Paul Holmgren has made some great moves in his tenure as GM but re-upping Carter was a gigantic waste of cap room both in terms of real $ spent and the opportunity cost that could have been spent locking up better players who actually have even the slightest semblence of heart. not to mention the oxygen carter steals from the rest of the human race. i’m starting to feel light headed just thinking about how terrible this guy is.

    can we get a group of readers together to buy out his contract so he leaves Philly this off-season? better yet, Holmgren should trade him to Atlanta or Columbus so he can rot in obscurity. he is a disgrace. Sweet frosted tips – go bite a curb.

  2. psousa1 - May 4, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Not a big Jeff Carter fan, eh? I am a Bruins nut but unlike other playoff series its hard to work up a dislike for the Flyers. They play the game the way it is supposed to be played -like men. Montreal was the biggest bunch of half men, candy ass, diving Euro soccer trash ever. Perfect example – Campbell of Boston got called for hooking Carcillo in the first period of game 2. Carcillo was trying to fight his way through the hook the entire time. If it was the Montreal series you would have had a guy like Roman Hamrlik rolling on the ice like he got stabbed. That was refreshing to see. One thing about Philly, last year when they came back from 3-0, all you could say was “I wish Boston had a Carcillo, a Hartnell, a Pronger, etc.

    • clight3521 - May 4, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      but not once did you say to yourself, “I wish Boston had a Carter” did you? Come to think of it, that’s going to be my new rallying cry as long as this series goes on: “I wish Boston had Carter (and not the Flyers).”

      i have no problems with anyone else on the Flyers. Carle has been brutal but he’s been playing with Pronger the last 2 years, so his game is naturally going to fall off. even Zherdev, who earlier this year could have easily passed for one of the Canadiens you ranted about, has brought hustle and physicality to his game in the playoffs.

      Carter is a disgrace.

      • psujay - May 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM

        Christ, you’re being a bit harsh on the guy.

        He had a bad series against Pittsburgh in 2009 (newsflash: The Pens made everyone look bad on their way to the Stanley Cup). In 2010 he had two broken feet so maybe you could cut him a little slack. Before that happened he had 11 points in 17 games in his first playoff experience on the way to the conference finals, and this year he has 2 points in 3 games.

        If you don’t want Jeff Carter 29 other teams would LOVE to have him. He’s a nice scape goat if you don’t actually pay attention to the regular season or anything other than box scores.

        He’s been a great defensive player this year as well, and led the Flyers in takeaways the past two years (I don’t know about 2011, but I would imagine he continues this trend.)

        I think everyone in Toronto wishes Kaberle had waived his no trade because then we’d have Carter.

  3. psousa1 - May 4, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    If I could I would personally deliver, to the Flyers, Milan Lucic and take Carter back with me. I call Lucic The Pylon. His stat line over the 7 game series in Montreal was 0-0-1. He has done nothing. On the game winner the other night he was in front of the net, and on the replay the announcer commented “Lucic had a great view of it”. He’s had a great view the whole post season! He should have raffled his roster spot off to a fan and give the proceeds to charity or something. There is a reason why Boston has not scored a power play goal this whole post season – Lucic! He is their leading regular season goal scorer – take a good look at him tonight and you will see him standing still in his own zone and in the offensive zone. Friggin’ maddening! If Philly comes back a lot of it will be on his shoulders.

  4. eagles512 - May 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Carter is the new whipping boy in Philly. The local (idiot) radio stations with hosts that know next to nothing about sports always find a guy and they harp on him and the guy can’t do anything right regardless. A few years ago it was Briere and now everyone loves him. Carter has his slumps but so does any goal scorer. He’s actually an underrated defensive player as well but the fringe fans that get their opinions from the radio would never know that.

  5. tommytd - May 5, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Chrissy Pronger is a MORON!

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