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01-24-2012, 09:48 AM
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Won't be easy replacing Carle if he leaves|text|Sports

Paul Martin, no overly special defenseman, used free agency two summers ago to land $25 million over five years from Pittsburgh. Montreal committed $23.4 million over six seasons three weeks ago to prevent solid-but-not-great blueliner Josh Gorges from becoming unrestricted this coming summer.

Carle is better than Martin and Georges. I could go on and on throwing out examples of average defensemen getting long deals for big money.

Yeah, I know youíd rather sign Ryan Suter. Word is Flyers management loves the Nashville Predsí 1A defenseman, who also will be unrestricted this summer, but heíll probably get at least $7.5 million per from a club that has a bunch more available cap space.

If the Flyers lose Carle and donít get Suter, then whoís replacing him? I wasnít blown away looking over the list of upcoming unrestricted FAs. Detroit Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom isnít coming here next year when heís 42 and chances are Suter probably isnít either.
Not sure how I feel about this. Don't like the price tag if it's true.

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