Jeff Carter Signs For 11 in Philly

Without question the best thing to ever happen to the Philadelphia Flyers was Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle using his no-trade clause to kill a potential deal that would have sent him to Philadelphia in exchange for forward Jeff Carter. Years after that potential deal Carter who is only 25 years-old has developed into an elite power forward who enjoyed his best season in 2008/09 with 46 goals and 84 points. Toronto fans can be forgiven for dreaming about what could have been as their team is searching for more scoring these days. After getting off to a fast start which has seen the London, Ontario native score eight goals and 14 points in the first 16 games of the season, Philadelphia management went ahead and signed him on Friday to an 11 year contract. Carter who was a 2003 Flyers first round pick was originally scheduled to become a restricted free agent until signing. Currently he is in the last year of his current deal which will pay him 5.5 million. With his new contract, he will be scheduled to make 6 million next year followed by 6.25 million in 2012/13, then steady increases of 6.5 million the following year and 7 million for two seasons before going to 6.5 million for the 2016/17 season. The year after that he will get 5 million followed by 3 million in 2019/20 and 2 million in the last two years of the contract. Carter who scored 33 goals and 61 points last season won’t see his no-trade clause come into effect until year two through four of the deal. In 397 career games this London Ontario native has scored 153 goals and 291 points.
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