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Holmgren: 'We're not trading Jeff Carter'

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"We're not trading Jeff Carter," Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told ESPN.com on Saturday.

The 25-year-old forward is earning $5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2010-11, the last year of his deal. He's basically been a point-a-game player for two years now, and that's good production for his salary.

But when the Flyers struggled in the opening three months of the season, no player had his name dragged through the trade rumor mill more than Carter.

"I don't know where all these rumors are coming from," said Holmgren. "We are not trading him, I can tell you that."

That's ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun this morning. He also reported the same news last night on Hockey Night In Canada's Satellite Hotstove.

Rumors have been running rampant all season long around Jeff Carter, and there's no question he's tapered off his production from a season ago. Numerous reports have said that Montreal has asked Paul Holmgren about trading for Carter as a possible return for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, but with the glut of goaltenders current available in Philadelphia, it seems unlikely that Holmgren would trade for one at this point.

Anybody who follows the Flyers knows that the Montreal rumors aren't the only ones surrounding Carter, though. He's been linked in rumors to a number of teams. Thankfully, we now know that they are nothing more than just that -- rumors.