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Edmonton receives: D - Matt Carle
Philadelphia receives: C - Sam Gagner
Matt Carle: Carle is a solid puck-moving defenseman who plays on the Flyers first pairing alongside Chris Pronger. He is more of an offensive defenseman, though he is no slouch on the defensive end, and he has scored 40 points twice and 35 points once in five full seasons. He also put to rest any comments about his inability to play at a high level with Pronger, as his statistics improved in the 20+ games in which he was paired with Andrej Meszaros while Pronger was injured.
Sam Gagner: Gagner, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, is a playmaking center who has yet to live up to his draft position. He has yet to break the 50 point mark in a season, in fact his highest point total remains his rookie year in which he posted 49 points (13 G, 36 A). Although his point production has remained in the 40s through the first four seasons of his career, he has consistently improved on the defensive end of the ice and is no longer considered to be a liability without the puck. There are some who believe that Gagner's game would be better suited as a playmaking winger due to his lack of size (5'11" 190 pounds).
Edmonton's perspective: The Oilers are loaded with young and talented forwards in their system, and if that talent grows together could make the Oilers a legitimate playoff team by 2014. With guys like Shawn Horcoff, Gilbert Brule and 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the Oilers seem to have a logjam of centers, of which Sam Gagner could find himself on the outside looking in.
Though as talented as the Oilers appear to be up front, the exact opposite is true about their blue-line. With the exception of Ryan Whitney, and possibly Theo Peckham, the Oilers seem to have a team full of third pairing defenders.
If this trade were completed I would imagine that the Oilers would put Matt Carle on their second defensive pairing, possibly alongside Theo Peckham.
Philadelphia's perspective: The Flyers appear to be a well put together team, a little young and unproven up front, but extremely talented nonetheless.
But where the Flyers' strength lies is in the fact that the team boasts five top-4 defenseman, potentially six with rising star Erik Gustafsson. Though in the NHL these days the salary cap is always looming large and with James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle all entering the final year of their contracts something has to give. And with the depth on the blue-line it will likely mean either Coburn or Carle will be forced out.
If this trade were completed I could see the Flyers attempting to move Sam Gagner to the wing on Danny Briere's line, as I believe that Gagner could replicate the style of play of Ville Leino, at a much cheaper price.