2011-12 All Purpose Kings Trade Rumors and Proposals Thread III
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01-27-2012, 11:12 AM
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Agreed, I'd rather go for Carter too, but I doubt you have to be worried about DL not at least inquiring about Carter.
Carter is a former Flyers, was coached by Stevens for four years and is a good friend of Richards and likely Gagne and Williams as well. He will likely have as good of info on Carter's character, work ethic, morals and talent as anyone this side of the Flyers organization. If he gets a thumbs up from them, and management is ok with him taking on another long-term contract, we'll be in there hard and heavy for Carter.
Besides, when it comes to UFA bidding, if you feel annoyed by constantly being snubbed every summer, how do you think DL feels? It's one of the few constant things in the entire sport of hockey, DL will make a big pitch for a big name UFA, only to be rejected and stood up at the alter. Chara, Drury, Hossa, Kovalchuk, Gaborik, Richards, etc. A few in hindsight are his own fault (Gaborik for example, though I would have 100% done the same thing so not blaming him), but overall I'm sure DL can see the writing on the wall with Parise.
About the only thing I can see standing in the way of going for Carter -outside of Stevens, Richards and Co. actually giving Carter the thumbs down - is if management is toying with the idea of letting DL go in the near future. If they are, and it could be a possibility considering we have a max payroll and may miss the playoffs, I doubt they'd want to be stuck with a 10 year contract for the enxt GM.
As was pointed out earlier in this thread, if a player is traded prior to his NTC/NMC kicking in, the acquiring team has the option to void that NTC/NMC. It's unclear if Columbus did that or not with Carter's deal, but if they did, they could still move him next year or further down the road.
The Jackets said they were going to apply to the league to honour it. I think we'd have heard by now if they didn't. I'm guessing if there is an issue with him not wanting to be in Columbus, they'd be better off trading him in the next month or so and being done with it. Chalk it up to a bad experience all around.
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