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by Paul on 02/20/12 at 12:49 PM ET
Craig Custance in an ESPN Insider (paid subscription) compares Rick Nash to Jeff Carter. His conclusion…
Nash has received the bulk of the attention over the last week and that will continue until he’s traded or the trade deadline expires. He’s a game-changer and for a team like the Kings, might be the ideal addition at the deadline. But for other teams like the Rangers or Maple Leafs, the cost might be too great. Not only is Nash a salary cap liability, it’s going to sap the organization of key assets. And for a team like Toronto, that covets Ryan Getzlaf, it would all but end that possibility if the Ducks decide to trade one of their big forwards this summer.
Carter is the safer choice but doesn’t come with the high-end dominance that Nash provides. The best play? It may be for contenders to pass on both players and see what transpires this summer in Anaheim or with potential free agents Ryan Suter or Zach Parise.
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