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Matt Carle Free Agency: Carle Expected To Receive Offers From Several Teams

Now that superstar free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have found their desired homes in Minnesota with the Wild, it is expected that the holding pattern that the NHL was in will subside and teams will begin to make moves to improve their rosters.

This means Matt Carle is going to be a popular man.

With Suter locked up and Jason Garrison already committed to the Vancouver Canucks, Carle is the final substantial defensive piece available on the open market.

He stands to make a substantial sum of money if he so desires, as some are speculating that he will earn somewhere in the range of $5.5 million-plus with his next contract.

It is assumed that his most recent employer, the Philadelphia Flyers, will be making a push to retain the 27-old, left-handed blue liner.

The team had expressed an interest in retaining Carle prior to the start of free agency and even went as far to proclaim that he would re-sign below market value.

However, after Dennis Wideman was acquired and extended by the Calgary Flames for an annual cap hit of $5.25 million over five years, market value quickly changed.

It’s been widely reported by several sources that the Flyers were heavy players for Suter, supposedly offering the newest member of the Wild, $102 million dollars over the contract life of a decade-plus.

This potentially could have an effect on any future negotiations with Carle.

In addition, teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues are all expected to make large offers to Carle.

All of the above (with the exception of St. Louis) were involved in negotiations with Suter and all could stand to improve their blue lines.

Detroit is obviously looking to fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement, while Pittsburgh could use another body and would undoubtedly love to steal a piece from their cross-state rivals.

Many have compared Suter and Carle, which makes Carle an enticing piece to replace Suter as Shea Weber’s defensive partner in Nashville.

With Weber’s contract status in the air, the Predators could use a piece to try and tempt their captain into signing a long-term deal to soften the blow of Suter’s departure.

St. Louis is looking to find a player to play the left-point on the team’s top pair and could use an experienced player to partner with 22-year old Alex Pietrangelo.

Coming off a Cinderella season of sorts, the addition of Carle could help sell the legitimacy of the Blues to their fan base as well as the rest of the league.

And those teams are just the tip of the iceberg.

Now, that Suter has made his decision, there will surely be a whole host of teams that come out of the woodwork looking to acquire Carle’s services. 



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John Russo's picture

Flyers have to be smart here and not overpay for Carle