Seeing all those crazy Toronto posts about speculative trades that have the Avs being fleeced (and the Toronto fans thinking they are saving the Avalanche franchise) got me thinking about potential trades. Bryz just got traded to the Flyers. The Flyers have $0 to sign the talented free agent goalie (a stretch but you get the idea). Everybody is talking about Jeff Carter being put on the block yet he's signed for 10 years or so. Much too long for our Avs franchise. My thought, and I've seen this on another post in a comment, is why not target Matt Carle? He fits the Avs mold (college Hobey Baker winner), he's relatively young (26), he was the defensive partner of Chris Pronger (Johnson is supposedly comparable to Pronger), he is signed at a cap hit of 3.437 mil (to get to the cap floor), and he will be a free agent after the 2011-2012 season (like almost all of the Avalanche players).
Philly is in the same situation as Chicago was last year and has to unload some salary. A couple prospects and a late draft pick might get the deal done.
Also, the Flyers probably will not be able to resign Ville Leino. I believe he was a Red Wing prior but he could be a solid 2nd liner if Flash and Mueller are unable to go and Hishon doesn't make the roster. Something for everybody to ponder.
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