Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Carter


FLYERS: Jeff Carter is a Modern-Day Mike Schmidt


…This is a REALLY interesting comparison, for a lot of reasons. Anyone who has ever sat next to me during a Flyers game, or watched a game with me, knows that Carter is not one of my favorites.

What Carchidi likens to Carter “playing so effortlessly that sometimes fans think he’s lazy,” I actually DO liken to laziness. Listen, there’s no doubting that Carter is one of the best players on this team right now, and arguably their best scoring threat, but until he proves to me he can be a clutch player (yes, I still haven’t forgiven him for not scoring on Niemi in Game 6 last year after the Flyers had tied the game late), I don’t want to compare him to Schmidt. Mike Schmidt is arguably the greatest 3rd basemen in Major League History; Jeff Carter is simply a good winger.

Maybe the fact that both seem to be underappreciated by the fan base is a good argument, and I’ll admit it’s what intrigued me to read this article, but Carter is in no way, shape, or form comparable to Michael Jack. He has no ring.


FLYERS: Three in the Top-50 for Fantasy –


…I’m not really all that much of a fantasy hockey guy – I prefer Fantasy Football – but it’s cool to see three of the Flyers players in the top-50 amongst the entire league. Mike Richards (29th), Jeff Carter (34th), and Danny Briere (43rd) all make appearances. While I don’t really keep track of my fantasy team, I always only draft Flyers players, so I guess I’m doing well in my league because I know I have all three of those men on my team.


FLYERS: Carter is Signed (For a Long, Long Time)

TSN reports have been confirmed by Flyers beat writers Anthony San Filippo and Tim Panaccio that the Orange and Black have locked up sniper Jeff Carter to an 11 year deal worth $58 million.

The deal essentially means Carter will be a Flyer for life, and that the team’s offensive core of Carter, Mike Richards, and Claude Giroux will all be together for the next few seasons. More reaction after the game tonight.

UPDATE (5:50 PM EST): Bob McKenzie of TSN Tweets the Carter Contract breakdown:

…Some reaction around the hockey world:





…Sam Carchidi, of The Philadelphia Inquirer, offers this viewpoint onto the next hopeful big signing for the Flyers:


FLYERS: More Production From the Wingers Needed

The Flyers defensive unit finally slid out of a funk last night against the Islanders as Chris Pronger (2 goals) and Kimmo Timonen (1 goal) scored the first goals of the season by members of the team’s blue line. It now appears that problem has been solved – for the time being – but there still remains a concern over the team’s lack of production from their wingers.

JVR is among a host of Flyers wingers who need to step it up offensively

It’s been harped upon time and time again: the Flyers need someone, anyone, to step up and off-set the loss of one of the best wingers the franchise has ever had in Simon Gagne. While Danny Briere and Claude Giroux – two centers – have had incredible starts offensively for the Orange and Black, there still lacks a constant production from the players who man the wings. Scott Hartnell is looking far better than he did at this point last season, and Ville Leino appears to be getting his legs back under him after off-season hip surgery, but players like James van Riemsdyk and Nikolay Zherdev need to start finding the back of the net to supply the Flyers with a larger dose of secondary scoring. Zherdev has been so unimpressive thus far that he’s spent the last two games in a suit as a healthy scratch.

The Flyers’ wingers are a strong group on paper, but just haven’t been there all that much statistically this season thus far. Of course, it’s early, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t come around, but questions start to linger the longer it takes for such an event to happen. Hopefully more wingers can find the score sheet come tomorrow’s contest against Carolina.

Sam Carchidi offers his take on the lack of scoring from the wings thus far this season right here: INSIDE THE FLYERS: LOOKING FOR SCORING FROM THE WINGS


FLYERS: Player Report Card – Jeff Carter

NAME: Jeff Carter


Regular Season Statistics: 74 Games Played – 33 Goals, 28 Assists, 61 Points. +2

Analysis: Coming off a season in which he scored over 40 goals, expectations were high offensively for Jeff Carter coming into the ’09-’10 season. While his totals weren’t at the same level that he finished a year prior, Carter’s statistics this past season were definitely commendable. As was the them of the entire Flyers team this season, Carter certainly had his moments where he underachieved this season, going stretches of five games or more without scoring a goal on four occasions this season. However, the stretch run for Carter was severely hampered when he broke his foot blocking a shot in a March game against the Atlanta Thrashers, an injury that would keep Carter away from the ice until the season-ending home-and-home with the New York Rangers. While Carter wasn’t really a factor in the home-and-home with New York, nor all that much when he was healthy down the stretch against teams who the Flyers were trying to catch in the playoff race, it still needs to be acknowledged that the Flyers wouldn’t have even been in a position to attack for a playoff spot had Carter not carried the load offensively at certain points throughout the year.

Postseason Statistics: 12 Games Played – 5 Goals, 2 Assists, 7 Points. -5

Analysis: Oh, Jeff Carter and the postseason. Unfortunately, a title that doesn’t make too many Flyers fans smile. This postseason gave them reason to believe there would be a change in Carter’s play in the NHL’s second season, but another broken foot – this one in Game Four against New Jersey after having a shot hit him in front of the net – sidelined the Flyers sniper and didn’t give him a chance to continue what was an otherwise solid first round against the Devils. In the four games he participated in during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Carter had two goals and one assist, all of which came in the final game he would compete in during the series. The broken foot sidelined him for the entire Boston series, and #17 didn’t make his return to the Flyers line-up until Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal. He would score twice in Game Five, a game that clinched the Flyers’ first Eastern Conference Championship since 1997, but was rendered invisible during the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago. The Blackhawks defense had an answer for every move Carter tried to throw at them – granted, Carts was visibly slowed down by the lack of healing time given to his broken foot before he came back – and the Flyers sniper finished with one point in the Final, an empty netter that sealed a Flyers victory in Game Four.


Reasoning: Carter’s offensive prowess is undeniable. There were times when he was silent this year, but, in my opinion, a pair of broken feet will do that to you. I gave Carter a lot of flack during the Final because of how slow he looked on the ice, and I stand by that opinion. Still, I give Carter credit for what he meant to this team during the regular season, and I think everybody knows now that Carts is an integral piece to the future here in Philadelphia. The reason for that is because the Flyers dealt fan favorite and the longest tenured current member of the Orange and Black, Simon Gagne, last month to the Tampa Bay Lightning, electing to go with their shining youth, as opposed to their shining Vets. Sure, Carter’s had a good couple seasons in a row here, but if he doesn’t pick up the pace this year, it’s hard for me to imagine their won’t be people calling for both he and Paul Holmgren’s collective heads. Pressure’s on now, Carter. Don’t give anyone a reason to doubt you.


FLYERS: Forsberg Nearly Returned to Orange and Black

I read this yesterday morning on the great European Flyers blog, EuroFlyers, as Teemu made note of the fact that Paul Holmgren had reached out to Peter Forsberg late this season when Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne were each battling injuries and the team was on the verge of missing the playoffs. Thankfully, Foppa declined Homer’s offer – citing a series of health issues – and no one had heard a thing about the ordeal. I didn’t think much of it after reading it, but apparently some bigger news sources – such as this article from TSN – deemed it worthy enough to make headline news. So, I suppose I’ll weigh in on it.

Peter Forsberg almost re-joined the Flyers in March for the stretch run

Of course, if you don’t know already, I am still a little bitter to Forsberg for how he treated the Flyers when he made his comeback to the NHL in 2008, spurning their offer to return to his more famous home of Colorado to play for the Avalanche. With that being said, he was one of my favorite Flyers ever – despite his stay in Philadelphia being brief – and I will always remember his incredible skill and playmaking ability on the ice. Obviously, 2008 didn’t work out for the Avs too well, and the Flyers made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final that year, so I don’t have much room to complain about Forsberg not being a Flyer at that time. Still, that move by Foppa has bothered me to this day. There were few people more excited than me when the Flyers inked Forsberg out of the lockout. He was still in the last stages of his prime, and had long since been considered one of the best players – and regarded as the best when healthy – in the world. Forsberg’s years with the Flyers didn’t amount to much, and the former top prospect that was dealt to Quebec in the Eric Lindros deal was traded away again by the Flyers, this time to Nashville during the ’06-’07 season – when the Flyers finished with the worst record in the National Hockey League.

Foppa Captained the Orange and Black in 2006-'07

In 2007-’08 he could’ve returned to the Orange and Black. He opted not to. It appears that in 2009-’10, Forsberg once again had the opportunity and turned Philadelphia down. Some may say I’m crazy for being glad he turned it down, but, seriously, an injury riddled Forsberg added to a team that is struggling enough as is at that point? Trust me on this: I saw the guy compete for Team Sweden in Vancouver, and he’s slow. The game has slowed him down; he’s a step behind every play and the puck – which once seemed to find its way to him – suddenly seems to be as far away as possible. Don’t get me wrong here: Peter Forsberg will go down as one of the greatest hockey players not only in my lifetime, but in the history of the sport. However, as far as this season was concerned, I’m pretty sure even if the Flyers had missed out on the playoffs I would have the same feelings towards the idea of bringing him on board at the end. His ankle/foot will never be the same after all the surgical procedures he’s undergone and I don’t think it would’ve been worth it to bring him back for the stretch run this year.

Now, as far as next season is concerned…


FLYERS: Stanley Cup Final Series Recap

The incredible run of the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers came to a crushing halt Wednesday night on the Wachovia Center ice. Patrick Kane slipped an overtime marker past Michael Leighton and the Blackhawks claimed their first Stanley Cup since 1961 – leaving the Flyers 0 for their last 6 in Stanley Cup Final appearances. It’s a tough pill to swallow for the Flyers and their fans, and while the wound is still fresh today, it is healing slightly a little better than it was yesterday. The Flyers enjoyed a remarkable ride en route to the franchise’s first Cup Final appearance since 1997. As a seven seed, they knocked off the two-seeded New Jersey Devils in five games in round one, made history when they came back to eliminate the Boston Bruins in seven games in round two, and dispatched the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Eastern Conference Final to claim hold of their first Prince of Wales trophy in 13 years. This was a team that was 14th in the Eastern Conference at one point this season, and made a coaching switch midway through the year that started with the team losing seven of it’s first nine under Peter Laviolette. However, they bought into his system, they kept believing, and now they are going to be able to raise a banner at the Wachovia Center next season. Although it may not be the ultimate goal, I think we can all agree that “2010 Eastern Conference Champions” is pretty sweet.

Now, onto my series recap. Obviously, all the points here will be Flyers related, so when my Series MVP isn’t a ‘Hawk, don’t get all crazy on me. I know this, and I did it purposely. I’ve broken it up into three categories: 1) Series MVP, 2) Series Turning Point, 3) Why the Flyers Lost. I left out the “What has to change for the next series” category, because, well, there is no ‘next series’. That is, until, next postseason….

1) SERIES MVP: Danny Briere, Right Wing.

Many will argue Ville Leino should be here, and many others will say Scott Hartnell was more deserving. However, in my opinion, it was the third part of that line that was easily the most important – and certainly the most valuable. Danny Briere finished the postseason as the leading point scorer in all of the National Hockey League. He had twelve points in the six game series against Chicago – easily making him the highest scoring player in the series, and finished the playoffs with 12 goals and 18 assists. While many – myself included – look for more from Briere in the regular season because of his gigantic contract, there’s certainly no denying that he earns his paycheck when the year matters most: the playoffs. His speed and skill were heavily on display throughout the entire postseason, and I think that despite his regular season struggles, Briere has completely endured himself to the Flyers’ fan base with his postseason performance. He made the most of his first career appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, and let’s hope it’s in the cards for him to make a few more return trips there in the Orange and Black.

2) SERIES TURNING POINT: Game Four’s Final Minutes.

I understand the reasoning as to why Game Five may be many people’s turning point for this series, but it was not. Instead, this series took a turn for the worst for the Flyers with less than ten minutes remaining in the Flyers’ 5-3 Game Four victory over Chicago. Sure, the Flyers won the game, and ultimately evened up the series at two games a piece, but that wasn’t the bigger story. The more important, and far more telling fact of Game Four was that in the period’s final minutes, ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville switched up his lines, and Chicago absolutely dominated the play. The Flyers couldn’t clear the puck from the defensive zone if their lives depended on it, and Chicago smelled blood with their newfound momentum. They carried that same strategy that came up just short in Game Four into Game Five, and ran the Flyers literally out of Chicago and on the next flight back to Philadelphia. It was certainly a much tighter game in Game Six – hence the score being tied after sixty minutes and heading into overtime – but with their new line combinations, Chicago still dominated heavily and controlled the play for long durations of the game. The new lines gave Chicago new life, and ultimately a Stanley Cup. We can thank the furious push from the ‘Hawks in Game Four for re-installing the confidence needed to be successful in the playoffs and tight situations. It’s the reason there’s a parade in Chicago today.

3) WHY THE FLYERS LOST: Antti Niemi was (slightly) better than Michael Leigthon/Brian Boucher.

Game One: 5 goals, Game Two: 1 goal, Game Three: 4 goals, Game Four: 5 goals, Game Five 4 goals, Game Six: 3 goals. Antti Niemi was not magnificent. In fact, most of the time – aside from Game Two – he wasn’t even consistently all that good. However, he managed to somehow be just a little bit better than the Flyers goaltenders Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher. Boosh relieved Leighton twice in tight, high scoring games in Chicago (1 & 5), but took home the loss in each contest. Niemi was never pulled, although no one would have questioned Quenneville had he done it at specific points in the series. Instead, the Finnish Fortress was just simply OK. And, with how the goaltending went in this series, OK was “good enough”. Niemi made two critical stops in Game Six to Leighton’s one. Leighton’s toe save on Jonathan Toews with under six minutes to go paved the way for Scott Hartnell’s goal that tied the game in regulation. However, Niemi’s breakaway save on Simon Gagne early in the second, and his acrobatic flop to stop Jeff Carter in the waning minutes of the third period were truly the game savers. In the end, I must reluctantly say, it was Niemi>Leighton/Boucher.

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