January 5, 2019 | 12:42pm ET
PREDATORS INTERESTED IN LA’S CARTER?
Jeff Carter, centre
As the Nashville Predators continue to battle the Winnipeg Jets for top in the Central Division, GM David Poile is looking to add a top-six caliber forward to his roster.
Even with Filip Forsberg, Kyle Turris and Colton Sissions currently on IR, the Predators have maintained their position in the Central, sitting just one point behind the Jets for first, though the Jets have two games in hand.
Poile has roughly $12.9 million in salary cap space to play with, should he choose to add a significant piece to his history, though such a deal would likely result in a roster player going back the other way.
One player the Predators are believed to be eyeing is Los Angeles Kings centre Jeff Carter, who can also play the right wing.
Carter, who turned 34 on Jan. 1, has three-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $5.272 salary cap hit. He does not own any no-trade protection, but will have a say in where he ends up, if dealt.
Though many have reported that Carter could veto a trade by declining to report or threaten to retire, leaving the Kings in a bad cap position due to Carter being one of the last players to sign a deal beyond eight-years prior to the current CBA taking affect, if presented with the right opportunity, sources close to Carter have told TFP he does not play on retiring any time soon and would play out the remainder of his contract.
In 41 games with the Kings so far this season, Carter has generated seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.
He’s currently on pace for 36 points on the season, which would mark the third-time in his career he’s collected less than 40 points in a season, excluding the shortened 2012-13 season, where he had 33 points in 48 games.