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I think Jeff Carter is a great hockey player. He scored 40 goals, he must be right? Ok, that last sentence was a little tongue in cheek, but I do think he's a very good NHL center. That being said, we are trying to win the Stanley Cup this, and at least next, season. I'm not sure how much more gas our #1 and #2 (and now our #6) have in them at 35 (and 38). Our defense is our cornerstone and over the next 6 seasons we will go as do Pronger and Timonen.

Jeff Carter is our most valuable asset and is going to be one of the most costly players in the NHL if he's allowed to hit the open market next summer. If there's one thing you should have learned by reading Philly.com over the past 5 years it's that hockey 'is a business.' So stop thinking sentimentally like you did when Scottie Upshall was traded, because these players will up and leave on you faster than a guy you meet at the Irish Pub when he hears your baby crying the next morning.

All of this, and the fact THAT THERE'S NO ROOM FOR HIM ON OUR TEAM mean that we need to trade Jeff Carter before this season begins. It's just the facts people - Richards, Briere (playoff version), and Giroux. No room up the middle. Jeff Carter is not a wing and neither is Briere. But Briere has a no-trade and isn't nearly as valuable as Carter. So we need to take Carts, promoting his 46 goal season, and get some serious wings, better defensemen, a #1 goalie, or some draft picks for him. As I'm writing this I'm sitting on the 42nd floor of a business building scraping the sky in Manhattan, and I have some friends at business school, so it's safe to say I know business.

Here are a number of packages, one from each team, I've been tweeting over the past couple days that I would jump all over for the guy who loves to high five:

Anaheim - Bobby Ryan and a 1st Rounder
Atlanta - Evander Kane and Bryan Little
Boston - Blake Wheeler and a 1st Rounder
Buffalo - Tim Kennedy, Tyler Ennis and a 2nd
Calgary - Robyn Regehr and David Moss
Carolina - Tim Gleason and Jussi Jokinen
Chicago - Dave Bolland and a 1st (not really much left on that squad…)
Colorado - Ryan O'Rielly and David Jones
Columbus - Steve Mason and Kris Russell
Dallas - Jamie Benn or James Neal and a 1st
Detroit - Niklas Kronwall a 1st, and a 2nd
Edmonton - Ryan Jones, Jordan Eberle, a 1st, and a 2nd
Florida - Tomas Vokun and they have to take Jody Shelley and Riley Cote
Los Angeles - Dustin Brown and a 1st
Minnesota - Cam Barker, Cal Clutterbuck, and a 1st
Montreal - PK Subban, Benoit Pouliot, and a 2nd
Nashville - Ryan Suter and a 1st
New Jersey - Andy Greene and two 1sts
NY Islanders - Mark Streit and a 1st
NY Rangers - Derelict Boogaard
Ottawa - Brian Lee and two 1sts
Phoenix - Shane Doan, Kyle Turris, and a 2nd
Pittsburgh - Ray Shero's nutty balls
San Jose - Jamie MCGinn, Devin Setoguchi, a 1st, and a 2nd
St. Louis - David Backes a 1st, and a 2nd
Tampa Bay - Mike Smith, Carter Ashton, a 1st, and a 2nd
Toronto - Luke Schenn and a 1st
Vancouver - Mikael Samuelsson, Rick Rypien, and a 1st
Washington - John Carlson and Jason Chimera and a 1st

Some of these moves would necessitate other moves, but I think Homer would have to seriously consider any of them. Just to give you an idea, former 40 goal man Tomas Vanek makes $7M a year. That's what we're looking at in 10/11.

We traded Brind'Amour after back-to-back 74 point seasons that followed 87 and 97 pointers. Great players get traded. We can trade Carter.