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11-10-2010, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by IrishSniper87 View Post
I completely disagree. Carter carries a line by himself, and Hartnell is an expensive role player. In the new NHL, the best teams have good Centers. Hartnell can be replaced more easily then Carter.

Like I said before, investing in Carter is investing in an entire LINE. I am convinced Carter can produce with Powe and Nodl on his line. Yet Hartnell NEEDS talent around him to do anything. In cap crunches, the role players should go first. Carter just needs grinders who can get him the puck.
This is my problem with giving him a crazy cap hit for the next 5+ years. He is a line by himself. What players does he make better? As a center you're supposed to get your linemates involved. He does not. It's like there is no one playing with him most of the time. Centers that are on the upper echelon of the pay scale deserve because they're scoring goals AND setting up their linemates. On offense Carter is a one trick pony, and paying him anything more than he's making now would be a mistake, IMO.

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