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11-10-2010, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by MrHockey1982 View Post
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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