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03-18-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
Sorry, all I meant was that right now Carter may be the better player. But saying Carter was the better player, IMO, was not the case. We were looking at a 24 year old who was sulking and lazy vs a 28 year old high end proven scorer.
Wouldn't it be safe to assume that given how Gaborik has been playing, and how Tortorella has been using him, the same "lazy and sulking" stigma could be applied to Gaborik? Carter was also a proven scorer when he was dealt. He had more goals and points in his last 3 years as a Flyer than Gaborik has had in his last 3 years as a Ranger. Granted, Gaborik was injured for a portion of that time, but if that's an excuse, it's another slight against his trade value.

I still maintain that Carter was the better player at the time he was traded. The gap isn't huge by any means, but once you start adding in the other factors such as age, injury history and contract, the trade value gap starts to widen considerably.

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