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Which teams could be interested in Jeff Carter?

Feb 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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There’s no shortage of reasons for NHL general managers to pass on Jeff Carter at the trade deadline. The Columbus forward is injury-prone, his attitude has been called into question, he’s earned a reputation for partying a little too hearty, and last but not least, there’s his contract that stretches all the way through 2021-22 with a cap hit of $5.3 million.

All that said, TSN insider Darren Dreger isn’t convinced Carter’s untradeable.

The L.A. Kings have moderate interest. The Calgary Flames may take a run, though contractually it’s hard to imagine how Jay Feaster finds the fit. And as much as Leafs GM Brian Burke loathes the mega-contracts, Jeff Carter is the player Toronto is looking for in a lot of ways.

The Kings speculation makes a certain amount of sense, as L.A. needs scoring badly. Plus, it would allow Carter to reunite with his old Flyers teammate, Mike Richards. (Sure, those two were a little out of control when they were together in Philadelphia, but when was the last time anyone partied in Los Angeles?)

Calgary? Seems unlikely, but the Flames did make a run at Brad Richards over the summer, plus Olli Jokinen‘s a pending UFA.

Dreger rightly notes the Leafs are in desperate need of a first-line center like Carter, and have been for a while. The holdup would be the contract – both the length and the front-loaded structure. Burke has been among the most uppity outspoken when it comes to that kind of contract.

“These deals that are front-end loaded and have small amounts on the back end in my opinion are designed to circumvent the salary cap,” Burke said during the summer. “I won’t do them, I never have, I’m not going to.”

One last team I’ll throw out there (after which I’ll get ridiculed in the comments section) is Washington. No, not just because Nicklas Backstrom is out indefinitely with a concussion – that’s a short-term problem (hopefully). And yes, Carter’s a center – but he can play the wing.

Adding Carter would obviously give Washington another goal-scoring threat, which could subsequently take some of the opponent’s defensive focus off Alex Ovechkin. But it would also allow the Caps to let Alex Semin walk away on July 1, or even trade him prior to the deadline.

  1. cannonblast14 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Kings seem like the best fit. Jackets need goaltending, I would guess Bernier would be in the package.

  2. yettyskills - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Only a stupid GM is willing to take Jeff Carter and his history of injuries, inconsistent efforts, hair dyeing, playoff flopping, and massive contract.

    • yettyskills - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Jeff Carter or a family member must read this blog for the thumbs down.

      47 playoffs games 13 goals 8 assists and a minus 14 for 5 million per

      You suck

  3. hawknuts - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    luongo + ballard or luongo + mason for carter

    both have terrible contracts and are under performing big time

    steve mason needs to be replaced and luongo can’t run away because of his contract

    ha ha i know its probably a terrible idea but i just want this bum off the west coast and we need a player who can score for our top 6

    swap those terrible contracts and maybe they will get motivated to play to their potential again

    cbs general manager is a tool anyway so this might actually happen!

  4. timthomashero - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Carter in Toronto?

    Doesn’t Carter/Kessel seem a bit too similar to Carter/Nash?

    Why would anyone put two 300+ shooters on the same line?

  5. sknut - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    A long shot but lets throw stuff at the wall. Zidlicky + Harding for Carter, CBJ gets a goalie plus a D-man the money works out somewhat obviously MN has more risk in this move. I know it won’t happen but a guy can dream for more scoring can’t he?

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Sounds good for Columbus but I don’t see Carter as being a good fit in MN. If the Wild wanna spend big bucks I think they should go after Alex Semin if Wash. doesn’t re-sign and he doesn’t go back to the KHL (which is a strong possibility). I think his personality (shy, quiet) would sit well with a team that doesn’t seem to have many big ego’s

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    If you want Carter on your team then you will need to have a playmaker to feed him the puck. Otherwise you will have what CBJ is dealing with currently.

    • yettyskills - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      If you want Carter on your team you need to get your head checked*


  7. spizzjr - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Let Garth snow pay another guy till 2021 cough…dipietro….cough

  8. timthomashero - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Carter is having a brutal year and has been poison to anyone in a fantasy league but his career isn’t over. He’ll score over 30+ goals many more times once he gets back on track. He was seriously pissed following the Philly trade and then to all places, he has to go to Columbus. He should have grew a set of balls and dealt with it like a man who getting paid oodles of cash to do a job. But he’ll still end up producing very well over the next number of years, provided he’s playing somewhere that tickles his fancy.
    So anyway, as bad as he’s been, don’t think he won’t be a valuable player down the road.

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