February 22, 2019 | 2:45pm ET
KINGS EXPLORING CARTER TRADE OPTIONS
Jeff Carter, centre
The Los Angeles Kings are engaged in active discussions with other teams about the possibility of trading centre Jeff Carter, sources have told TFP.
Carter, 34, has three-years remaining on his contract after this season and has an annual salary cap hit just north of $5.272 million.
Kings GM Rob Blake is believed to be actively exploring a trade involving Carter, who ranks No.10 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
TFP Sr. Writer Dennis Bernstein believes the Kings “need to create traction on moving Jeff Carter” by Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline. According to Bernstein, if the Kings move Carter, they’re more likely to hold on to forwards Trevor Lewis and/or Kyle Clifford.
My take on Kings trade front - They need to create traction on moving Jeff Carter by Monday deadline. If they can execute, probably keeps Lewis and Clifford in LA with 77 money moving out.— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) February 22, 2019
Also, very little chatter presently on potential Alec Martinez move.
The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators are among the teams interested in Carter, according to multiple sources.
It’s possible the Predators up their efforts or reengage in talks for Carter after being unable to acquire centre Matt Duchene, whom the Ottawa Senators traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday morning.
Carter is experiencing a down year this season, having picked up just 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 54 games, thus far.