Carter close to signing 10-year deal (post #441 and #675); Leino update (# 675)
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11-10-2010, 11:59 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
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I don't understand why everyone is arguing about trading him or not. If you read the article, it says that the Flyers are close to signing him to a long-term deal.
That means that they will NOT be trading him and that a deal will be done in the near future.
I think the trade angle is an important one to consider, and should be by Paul Holmgren because he can't get caught with his shorts around his ankles if a deal falls through. A GM worth his salary would have a decent idea of the value of his players to other teams, and if Carter and his agent dug in for more money and/or a longer deal than what he can afford, Holmgren should be able to pull Plan B out of his top drawer.
This shouldn't be a knee-jerk reaction. There's no reason why conversations – negotiations with Carter's agent and testing the waters with other GMs – cannot be going on simultaneously, and indeed they should. It's just good asset management to plan out the if/then's even if your first hope is to get the player signed.
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