I see there has already been one, but Carle was quite the polarizing figure. Great puck possession and usage for the Flyers, where they just better hope they've already replaced with Schenn and Gustafsson. People here who read into advanced numbers will love him, and people who don't will hate him. Personally, I don't feel he will excel under Boucher, but I would have easily not only matched the contract but gone higher, but we have other options we can do.
I'm feeling great about next season- the defense is probably twice as good as last season, same for the net minders, and the offense is somewhat better as well. we'll at least make the playoffs, hopefully...
I like the deal, not my first choice in money or term but the best part is as a fan:
1. WE DIDNT HAVE TO GIVE UP PLAYERS/PROSPECTS/PICKS
2. ITS NOT OUR MONEY! i know people get upset over $1M, but in the grand scheme of things who cares. we got a top 4 D, if hedman takes a stride forward we have a decent d. Not amazing but decent.
I really think he is perfect in this system, Guy wants a "puck retriever" thats exactly what Carle can do.
p.s. I really think Lee is the one that will make the difference between an okay D and a pretty good one. If he makes a solid stride in his game we have some depth
I have no problem with this deal, it's not 13 years and the cap hit isn't too bad with the cap going up. I'm more worried about Salo staying healthy, Carle has been pretty injury free and eats up minutes. Brewer's been decent for us but Carle is much better as a top pair with Hedman. Brewer can now play on the 2nd pair, lower his minutes where he can stay fresh and be on the top PK. Our D isn't like the King's yet but we're much more respectable. Lindback/Garon get a .910 save % and were in the playoffs.