Tor - Philly trade
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05-14-2009, 05:40 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: South Philly/SoCal
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Its definitely not a terrible premise for the deal; but there are definitely a couple problems....
#1. Philadelphia is in cap hell with the extension promised to Lupul. Adding another $1million to Carle's salary just may not be possible. They are already at $53 million committed on the cap for next year which does include almost a full complement of skaters (19/21); but no goaltenders. Realistically, I see them having to basically do what we did with McCabe and force Briere out if they want to make any upgrades. If they're able to do so, then Bouwmeester could be a realistic target along with Beauchemin & Komisarek (meaning that the incentive to trade for Kaberle would be minimal at this year's draft).
#2. The Leafs don't really have a strong interest in Carle. He's a guy who RW definitely did get the best out of, but since leaving SJ showed that he was just a byproduct of playing on a great team. At this point, saying that he's better than Ian White would be very debatable; and there's no real reason to acquire two players of that calibre & skillset.
The leafs really need some young talent up front. JvR is obviously at the top of the leafs list, but maybe not attainable. A realstic draft day deal would problably see Lupul head to Toronto along with Philly's 1st rounder and a mid-level prospect. Philly would then problably trade Carle for either some young help up front or to replace the draft pick; perhaps even up the pacakge and get Harding out of Minnesota.
Alternatively, I could see Tlusty included (giving them a winger who can play immidiately for cheap) and the prospect turn from a mid-level to a guy like JvR. Philly's system wouldn't really need a potential star like JvR when they already have Gagne, Carter, Hartnell, Richards, Giroux, Briere and Tlusty.
If Philly could land themselves Kaberle and a cheap young winger like Tlusty for lupul, van riemsdyk, and a downgrade from late 1st round to mid-2nd round; then trade Carle for help in goal; they'd really set themselves up nicely for the future as they wait for guys like Sbisa to develop. It would go a long way to improving their cap position aswell.
You're wrong about the Flyers' cap situation. Rathje is done, so we will have $3.5 million of LTIR. I'd still like to get rid of Lupul, but we can still make no moves short of signing two goalies and be under the cap.
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