True. The obvious preference is to get a play maker to feed Vanek. And to be honest, Carter isn't that guy. But, pair him with a playmaking winger like Ennis and a bigger body like Stafford or Kassian, I think you would see alot of goal scoring. Roy and Vanek isn't a bad combo. Vanek definitely makes Roy a better player IMHO since he draws the defense to him.
I don't think Ennis is a playmaking winger. Most of his effort goes into maneuvering to get off his own shot rather than set up his teammates. That's the main reason why Ennis can't make it as a center. He ranked 2nd on the Sabres in shots per minute played after Vanek. I'd love to have Carter, but I think he belongs on the wing.
As much as I would love to have Miller on the Flyers a Miller/Carter trade package would make zero sense for you guys. You guys could do a lot better then Carter if you moved Miller.
Yep. We could do a lot better than Briere too.
If the Sabres were to ever trade Miller (which they won't), they should be getting a 1C with 90+ point potential who's 26 or younger coming back. And there really aren't a whole lot of those guys floating around - but then, there aren't a whole lot of Ryan Millers floating around out there either.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio recently recapped the Philadelphia Flyers forwards performances this season, suggesting Jeff Carter is the most likely to be dealt to address their goaltending issues, while Scott Hartnell could also be a trade candidate. If UFA Ville Leino seeks more than $3.2 million per season the Flyers probably won’t re-sign him. RFA Dan Carcillo might not get a new contract, or one that he’d like. Ian Laperriere will likely never play again due to post-concussion symptoms, and Nikolay Zherdev won’t be re-signed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Carter’s name has been in the rumor mill for several years now yet the Flyers have retained him. Sure, it’s possible they could shop him this summer, but that expensive 11-year contract (with trade clauses that kick in after next season) could also keep him tethered to the Flyers. Hartnell might be a more viable trade candidate, although it’s not the first time his name has popped up in the mill without anything happening. Leino might be willing to re-sign for under $3 million per.
For our yes, in his prime and one of the best 30 year old Miller.....
Holy crap we would have a team for the next 6 years with that core!!!!
The only way Philly does that is because they are a win-at-all cost now mode.
I'd never do a deal for Briere and yes, just becauseof his age....build a contender, not for one year but for several.
My god, Giroux and JVR for Miller would be a dream come true and gives us great pieces to get another goalie, upgrade a top 2 defensman, etc. Do that deal before July 1st, trade for Richards' rights the next day and spoon feed him the Sabres will be top 4 team in the NHL for the next 5 years; you want to center the first line with Vanek as your wing???????"
Delawareonline.com's Chuck Gormley noted those rumors as well and claimed to have heard “whispers” of interest in Buffalo's Ryan Miller, New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.
Gormley suggested the only way to pry Miller, Brodeur or Lundqvist from their respective clubs, which are division rivals of the Flyers, would be through a three-way trade. Considering this, Gormley concluded Kiprusoff and Backstrom would be the most logical options.
Of the pair, Gormley feels Backstrom would be the most likely acquisition for Philadelphia, as the Wild are starving for offense. To clear the cap space for Backstrom’s $6 million per season salary Gormley suggested either offering up Carter or a package involving Kris Versteeg and defenseman Matt Carle to address the Wild's needs.
Pursuing free agents Bryzgalov or Vokoun would be expensive, but doable for the Flyers as they could shed salary through other avenues such as trades, demotions of buyouts.
Trading for Miller, Brodeur, Lundqvist or Kiprusoff, however, is pure fantasy, as is the suggestion of prying Backstrom from the Wild. Yes, the Wild need more offense, but they won't part with their top goaltender, especially when they don't have a suitable replacement for him; they’d just be trading one problem for another.