Let's trade away our top prospect who is starting to break out, is signed for one more year for under $2 mil (and he can be sent to the AHL without going through waivers), and is an RFA at the end of his contract for someone who hasn't played well unless paired with Chris Pronger and is an upcoming UFA.
Carle is a guy I'd be interested in, but not at that price. He's LH but I believe he plays the RS in Philly, and has some size and offensive upside. I think it's unlikely the Flyers trade him considering the role he plays and the fact they're trying to compete, but I don't think they'll be able to afford to re-sign him so I might look at him as an UFA option.
Definite interest in Carle. Not at that price though.
I agree, there would be interest. But one has to wonder about the logic behind passing on Ian White in the offseason only to give Carle a shot. Carle is better, but White was free (as in no assets to give up). Both are undersized D that get by on smarts. Both facilitate offense. Carle does it better, but not so much so that it made sense for Gillis to disregard one for the other. In fact, MG could have had both. Just odd.
On the topic of Philly, I think they make very good trade partners for the nucks for a few reasons:
- Carle is unlikely to re-sign. Some fans also seem to have a hate on for him due to his turnovers.
- Carle also plays the right side almost exclusively.
- Voracek is another target. Before he picked up his play recently, he was a noticeable disappointment.
- Voracek is also unlikely to be re-signed I think. Could be 50/50. I just don't see them shelling out 3.5 to 4m for him.
If the nucks could somehow turn Raymond and Ballard into these two players, they upgrade big-time. Something like sending Ballard to NYI for picks/prospects, accepting Carle as a salary dump later in the year, and perhaps doing a swap of Raymond and Voracek.
And before everyone dogs Raymond - he is much better than Voracek defensively, and is much faster, and stick-handles better. He also plays with more jam. Problem with Raymond is his vision. He won't ever be the passer Kesler needs. He needs to shoot the puck to be what he is, and there isn't enough puck to go around playing with Kesler+Booth.
The only problem with the idea of the Flyers dumping Carle's salary is that they would only do so if they needed it to add another player.
Considering their fantastic forward depth and injuries on D it seems unlikely they'd dump one defenseman's salary just to go out and spend assets on another one. There aren't a lot of impact defenders likely to become available that make less than Carle.