Would you take Carle back?
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05-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Somewhere in NH
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I'm flabbergasted at how people on here want to get rid of Carle, yet the replacements people have talked about, Jason Garrison and Denis Wideman, are probably even worse defenders.
Do I think Matt Carle is worth 5 million bucks a year? No, not until his defensive game really solidifies. Is he worth 4 million? Absolutely. For the skill set he brings to the table, he'd definitely a 4 million a year defenseman.
Would I like Carle back? I would. He's been very receptive to the coaching he's received and he's a much better player now than he was when he first arrived. I'd love to see a real defensive expert help Matt out in terms of defensive zone play and how to tighten up his game (once again, a guy like Eric Desjardins would be fabulous in that role).
It's clear that Suter is going to be the guy who is going to command a lot of money and attention this off season. Carle will be the second most wanted defenseman after him. I'm prepared that the Flyers will lose him and will make a trade for a younger guy instead.
I dont think he is worth being paid that kind of money either. I think the media overrates him on the defensive side of the puck. He isnt that good and he is soft as hell too. Sure he blocks a lot of shots, but his positioning is below average when he is actually on his skates.
He has a below average shot and makes terrible decisions with the puck when making that first pass out of the defensive zone.
I understand its a buyers market and the Flyers are going have to make a choice to either overpay for Carle and they will have to overpay him to keep him off the market, or wait until July 1 and go after Suter or someone else. or we could make a Mez like trade.
I am just taking Holmgren's words with a grain of salt as far as what he said about Carle. its just lip service talk. This is Carle's first test test into UFA and I am sure in the end hes thinking that the Flyers will have to overpay "market value" to retain him.
I am just dreading the 7 year 40 million dollar contract with a full NTC Holmgren will give him on June 30th.
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