Jeff Carter had 33 goals and 61 points in 74 games last season. (Getty Images)
Ever since Flyers center Jeff Carter was reportedly nearly traded to Toronto in February of 2008 for defenseman Tomas Kaberle, his name has seemingly been a constant fixture in the rumor mill.
If recent comments made by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren are anything to go by, however, Carter will be staying in Philadelphia beyond this season.
In a recent interview with Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, Holmgren suggested Carter “might be a Flyer for a long time,” leading Zeisberger to speculate the 25-year-old center, who’ll be a restricted free agent next July, will be re-signed to a long-term contract.
Considering Carter is coming off two seasons where he sniped 46 and 33 goals, it’s no wonder Holmgren resisted trade offers. Zeisberger noted Carter’s best years are still ahead of him and Holmgren obviously hopes to ensure those years are spent in a Flyers jersey.
DEVILS DANCE AROUND SALARY CAP
With the start of the season only two weeks away, the New Jersey Devils trade watch continues.
According to capgeek.com, the Devils currently sit above the $59.4 million salary cap by nearly $3 million, meaning one or two high-salaried players will have to be dealt or demoted.
Veteran forwards Dainius Zubrus ($3.4 million per season), Brian Rolston ($5.062 million) and Jamie Langenbrunner ($2.8 million) along with defensemen Bryce Salvador ($2.9 million) and Colin White ($3 million) have been kicked around the rumor mill, with Zubrus and Salvador considered the prime candidates as they lack any form of a no-movement clause.
The New York Post, however, recently reported Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello can only hope a rival team will take interest in one of those high-priced players during training camp, otherwise he’ll be faced with demoting one or two of them, potentially ending their NHL careers.
Rival clubs are likely to be more interested in younger Devils like right winger David Clarkson –who recently inked a new contract worth $2.66 million per season – but Lamoriello would prefer not to move players like that, especially if all he’ll be getting back is draft picks since he can’t add salary.
It remains to be seen what moves Lamoriello will make prior to his club’s season-opener on Oct. 8 at home against the Dallas Stars.
SAVARD WILL BE BACK
One nasty rumor recently making the rounds claimed Boston Bruins center Marc Savard might not be suffering post-concussion symptoms, but made that claim to avoid attending training camp because he was angry at Bruins management for shopping him in the off-season.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli moved swiftly to publicly dismiss that story, issuing a public statement saying any reports to the contrary about Savard’s condition were “completely inaccurate.”
This rumor goes beyond mere speculation about a trade. It crosses the line by calling into question a player’s integrity and whoever was behind it should be ashamed.
On a more positive note for Bruins fans, the Boston Herald also reported contract extension talks between management and pending free agents Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron are making progress and it’s possible one or both will be re-signed prior to the Bruins season-opener Oct. 9 against Phoenix in the Czech Republic.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey Magazine.