As we approach the Christmas trade freeze (December 19-27), I can't help but wonder what general manager Paul Holmgren has up his sleeve.
There has been some talk that the Flyers are in the market for another defenseman, and that they are perhaps talking a deal with the Nashville Predators. Philly needs another defenseman, and possibly another forward, depending on the status of the emerging Claude Giroux.
While it seems as though the Flyers are most likely targeting a defenseman, it doesn't make much sense to me why they would shop Matt Carle, unless they were attempting to acquire a more skilled, quality guy. I was told that if the Flyers make a trade, Matt Carle would be the guy they would like to move.
It made more sense to me once I read an article on CSNPhilly.com yesterday written by John Boruk. John points out that it may be impossible to sign Matt Carle unless they trade away salary, and backs up his argument by stating that Carle is likely due for a 40 percent raise. He factors that number in based on Coburn's new deal.
After I read the article, I began to wonder who the Flyers might trade to fit him under, until I realized that it might be Holmgren's plan all along to move Matt before he hits the free agency. It would make sense for the Flyers, as they have other players locked up next season who are getting raises.
If the Flyers could trade Matt Carle and perhaps prospects or picks, the Flyers might be able to obtain a quality defenseman with a reasonable cap hit, more reasonable than what Matt Carle will most likely command.
Would you be sad to see Matt Carle get traded?
Carle already makes $3,437,500, which is a reasonable price for his play right now. However, with a potential 40 percent increase, the Flyers most likely will not be able to afford him. Even if they could, I'm sure they would want that money to go toward a more proven, quality guy.
While I can't confirm exactly which teams the Flyers are talking to at this moment, one thing is certain: they are talking. I'm sure Matt Carle is a name that has been coming up frequently when talking trade, and it wouldn't surprise me if he is moved.
I don't believe the Flyers will pull the trigger on a trade before the Christmas deadline on December 19, but I fully believe a big trade will happen before the trade deadline in February.
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