We want to sign Ilya Bryzalov but we don’t have enough cap space. And the name most people point to is Jeff Carter. But should he really be the one to go?
People get him the most because of things they don’t see. They don’t see him go into the corners first. They don’t see him hitting people. They don’t see him completely dominate games. They don’t see him flying back on defense. And from this, they perceive him as a lazy player. Those are the cons, what about the pro’s?
He’s the best on the team at faceoffs. He’s our best pure sniper. For what it’s worth, he’s always been a + player, aside from the year when our entire team entered another dimension and finished dead last in the galaxy. And he does plenty of the little things well. As a center, he’s not supposed to be the first man in on the forecheck. But he does a good job cycling the puck once possession is established. He’s probably our best player at creating his own shot. Everyone knows he likes to curl out from the left circle and fire his ridiculous wrist shot, and yet he still pulls it off consistently.
We know Lavy doesn’t reward laziness, no matter the talent level. The fact that Carts gets pretty much the same exact ice time as Richards and Briere should say something about that. They trust him in all situations. And that includes the PK. Lazy, selfish players don’t get those opportunities. Just because you don’t see him throwing his weight around and getting emotional doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He uses his size to shield the puck, rather than sending people flying. He’s preserving his body and will have a longer career because of it.
I remember a couple of years ago when Richards was hurt midway through the season and missed some games. Everyone expected the Flyers to struggle. Jeff stepped up, started scoring at a high pace, and kept the team on the winning track. It takes a special player to do. Nobody can deny his talent. And given his past results, you should look a bit closer before you degrade his effort. I do not believe in trading Carter is the solution for this team. Unless of course we get another young center that can fill his role, for a lot less money. Chances are, that won’t happen.
I’m a firm believer in winning by having depth down the middle, and solid goaltending. Getting rid of one to get the other doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything.
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