Vokoun to Flyers for Carter?

The Panthers reportedly tried to deal goalie Tomas Vokoun for center Jeff Carter. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

    The Florida Panthers, sources said, tried to deal goalie Tomas Vokoun to the Flyers Wednesday and asked for center Jeff Carter.

    If GM Paul Holmgren didn't laugh at the proposal, he should have.

   Carter, 25, leads the Flyers with 28 goals.


The Flyers were quiet at the NHL’s trading deadline. Good move or bad move?

   Vokoun, the Olympic goalie for the Czech Republic who is signed through the end of next season, is a proven veteran and is having a career year. The 33-year-old has a 2.36 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

    But he is not worth Carter. Not even close.

    Oh, and Vokoun's cap hit is $5.7 million.

    No thank you.

    This just in: Waiver-wire wonder Michael Leighton has been every bit as good as Vokoun since the Flyers plucked him from Carolina.

    The late-blooming Leighton, 28, is 13-3-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

    That's why the Flyers are turning their attention toward offense in the short time before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

   At around 2:30 p.m., Columbus sent forward Raffi Torres _ a player the Flyers coveted _ to Buffalo for a depth defenseman and a second-round draft pick. The Flyers have traded a lot of future draft picks in recent years and that apparently has hamstrung their ability to add a forward. (So far, at least.)

   Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Washington _ three of the Flyers' main challengers in the East _ all bolstered themselves with deals.