I agree with the majority of responders and would not trade Jeff Carter and Matt Carle to Washington for Mike Green and Semyon Varlamov.
The Flyers could certainly use a right-handed shot from the point to help boost scoring, especially on the powerplay. However, Mike Green is a defensive liability who comes along with a hefty price tag. You could limit his defensive faults by pairing him with Chris Pronger or Kimmo Timonen but it’s simply not practical to consider adding Green’s $5.25M cap hit to an already expensive defense, even if he does have the potential to score 20+ goals from the blue line.
Green also suffered a concussion last season and missed about 30 games. He rebounded nicely by posting six points in the Capitals’ sole playoff series but he’s still a risk. Given how poorly concussions have been handled in Philadelphia, that risk gets multiplied tenfold.
Semyon Varlamov is a promising young goalie to whom Sergei Bobrovsky was once compared. To have both of them would be redundant. If the Flyers do indeed make a move for a goalie, it would likely be for a proven veteran. It’s possible that they could go for a younger goalie but, if they do, it would be for someone who has the potential to be an elite starter, not someone in the same class of goaltending as Bobrovsky.
In the right deal, I would be willing to move Matt Carle but I’m not sure that Washington would be all that excited to move Green and get Carle back in return.
Finally, losing Jeff Carter would hurt the Flyers. The addition of Green’s offense and the modest upgrade in net would not account for the goals lost by trading away Jeff Carter. Of course, there are very few people in the NHL who are actually untouchable and even Jeff Carter could be traded in certain scenarios that could benefit the Flyers. However, I’m not certain that I trust Paul Holmgren, a GM who tends to get himself into trouble when big salaries are involved, to trade away a 26-year-old, versatile, two-way forward with a stellar wrister and get more in return for Carter than he’s giving up.
NOTE: I think I might consider doing this trade poll idea on a regular basis. It might be a good way for us to collectively shoot down bad rumors before they even get off the ground.