Rumor: Jeff Carter to Boston

The Boston Bruins have been eyeing Jeff Carter according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Carter is on a struggling team and Boston has been searching for a centreman.


According to Elliotte Friedman earlier this week, Boston general manager Don Sweeney has been eyeing the veteran center from the Kings. Speaking as a special guest on Calgary's Sportsnet 960 radio this week, Friedman was asked about the trade speculation surrounding Jeff Carter. Friedman not only said that he heard about the rumor but immediately stated that the Bruins wanted him.
Yes, and it is out there, Friedman stated. Boston has been looking for a center.
 Carter would not only be a huge help to the Bruins' lineup, although he is at the ripe age of 33, he can still bring a lot to the scoring sheet. This season, throughout 33 games, Carter has 6 goals and 9 assists for a total of 15 points with the struggling Kings. Given the Californian team struggles, acquiring Carter may not be a piece of cake, as the player would appear to have a lot of say in what happens next.
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.
What Friedman insinuated is that due to the nature of how Carter's contract was signed at the time, an early retirement could lead to punishing cap recaptures for the Kings. With that being said, Carter could threat retirement if traded to a team he doesn't want to be traded to. The good news for Boston is they would not face the cap penalties the Californian team would, if Carter would go the retirement route.

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