November 14 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Jeff Carter should have no problem furnishing the Shore home he recently bought in Sea Isle City.
The Flyers‘ 25-year-old center, who was in the final year of a three-year deal, signed an 11-year contract extension worth $58 million, the club announced Saturday.
“We’re happy to have Jeff signed for the foreseeable future,” general manager Paul Holmgren said before Saturday’s game against Florida at the Wells Fargo Center. “He’s an integral part of the core of our hockey team.”
Carter’s re-signing closely followed last week’s announcement that Claude Giroux had signed a three-year extension for $11.25 million. With Mike Richards and Danny Briere also locked into long-term deals, the Flyers are positioned to have one of the deepest and most talented groups of centers in the NHL for years to come.
“There are a lot of good people in this organization,” Carter said after the game. “I maybe could have held out and gone somewhere else for more money, but I’m happy here. I love playing here. We’ve got a good thing going here and you want to be part of it.”
Although he stopped short of saying Carter’s signing was salary-cap friendly, Holmgren added, “It’s not something that will hurt us.”
Carter’s three-year deal was for $15 million for a cap hit of $5 million a year. His extension puts his cap number at $5.27 million. With Carter’s signing, the Flyers have committed $57.5 million to 18 players for the 2011-12 season, according to capgeek.com. The NHL payroll limit for this season is $59.4 million and will likely rise next season, but not significantly. The Flyers will have to do some maneuvering to find wiggle room for signing talented winger Ville Leino, who is in the final year of his contract.”
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