Montreal has quite a dilemma on its hands. Both Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price are heading for restricted free agency come July 1.
Price was drafted by Bob Gainey as the team's goalie of the future, while Halak came on this year in the second half, and was absolutely spectacular in the playoffs.
Both could be re-signed and kept by the Habs, but it will eventually boil over.
Although both goaltenders get along well, they want to start in the National Hockey League.
Price could probably fetch more in terms of trade value and might be due for a fresh start elsewhere.
A deal where Montreal trades Price to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter makes plenty of sense.
You must be wondering, "Why would the Flyers do this deal, especially after what they just did this postseason?"
Well, regardless of the team's heroics, and Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher's superb play in getting the team to the Final, the argument could be made that Philly lost to Chicago because of shaky goaltending.
Leighton was pulled in two of the six games played, and was unstable in a few others.
You don't see a true No. 1 get pulled twice in one series. You just don't.
The team also played well without Carter for long stretches. And even though he was in the lineup for the Final, he was a non-factor for the whole series.
Claude Giroux and Ville Leino have emerged, which gives GM Paul Holmgren some options.
Moving Carter might be one of them.
Danny Briere, Simon Gagne, and Scott Hartnell have had their names mentioned as trade bait, but all three possess some form of clause, whether it be no-trade or no-movement.
Carter is the only one up front who doesn't have the contract stipulation.
Yes, Price will have to play in front of a hostile Philly crowd, but nobody can argue that the toughest place to play for a goaltender is in Montreal.
Price might welcome the change.
As for Montreal, Carter would basically replace Tomas Plekanec up front, and would also free up a bit of money to shore up other needs.
Before he left, Gainey constructed a team that was built to compete now, especially with Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri's contracts.
With that being said, Halak is the better short-term fix.