More Jeff Carter trade speculation, and Devin Setoguchi hopes to remain with the Sharks.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Craig Custance reports a simple, but not easy, solution for the Philadelphia Flyers to free up cap space for a quality goalie is to trade center Jeff Carter and his 11-year, $58 million contract. One NHL source believes the Flyers wouldn’t have any problems finding a taker for Carter, but GM Paul Holmgren likes his team’s core and would prefer to keep them together.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree it’s possible another club would take on Carter and that enormous contract, but I believe Holmgren wants to keep his core intact, and Carter is part of that core. As noted in another post on this subject on the weekend, Holmgren has several options he could consider if he wants to free up salary, including demotions, LTIR and trading one of his expensive defensemen.

SHARKS.NHL.COM: In a season-ending interview, San Jose Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi, a restricted free agent, expressed the hope of re-signing with the team, though he admitted that prospect could be up to management. He remains hopeful of getting a new deal done.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. It’s also possible Setoguchi could become trade bait to perhaps bolster their blueline depth, though that’s not a certainty. Setoguchi has displayed the ability to be a 30-goal,m 65-point player, but his numbers have declined since his career-best season two years ago, and his inconsistency could have an impact upon his contract talks with the Sharks.