Friedman on potential of Jeff Carter trade

With the Los Angeles Kings languishing in the bottom of the Pacific Division, the time may be nearing to sell off some assets.

Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and was asked about Jeff Carter’s name circulating in trade circles.

“Yes, and it is out there,” indicated Friedman. “Boston has been looking for a center.

“Now, the interesting thing about Jeff Carter is, and I’m going to have to - we’re all going to have to start following this up a bit - is that there have been rumblings that if he doesn’t like where he’s traded to, he could just potentially retire. As I sit here this morning, I don’t know if that’s serious or if that’s a tactic. I don’t know the answer to that question.

“But if you look at his contract, the numbers also really drop too. It’s one of those backdiving deals that doesn’t exist anymore under NHL rules.

“That’s a guy - Jeff Carter, in the past, when he hasn’t been happy with that situation like he wasn’t in Columbus, he makes it very clear.

“I still think Jeff Carter can help teams. I think he’s still a very talented player. But there’s going to be a little bit of, ‘Okay, we better make sure that if we’re acquiring him, he’s content with our situation.’”

Carter has an additional three seasons remaining beyond 2018-19 on that 11-year, $58 million pact, which does not have any trade protection written into it.

As Friedman alluded, the contract only contains a total of $7 million in salary in those final three years combined.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly