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NHL Notes: Flyers shopping Carter

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Trade for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will come at a price for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers are reported to be actively shopping centre Jeff Carter to create some salary-cap space in order to sign Bryzgalov, a pending free agent, to a long-term deal.

Columbus is potentially a new home for Carter, 26, who has scored 115 goals the past three seasons.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets talked with the Flyers about acquiring Carter in exchange for the eighth overall pick in this year's entry draft as well as a forward, thought to be Jakub Voracek.

Carter signed an 11-year, $58-million contract last year with the Flyers, while Bryzgalov would command an annual salary of about $6 million.

The Flyers traded a third-round pick, a conditional pick and a minor-leaguer to the Phoenix Coyotes for the rights to Bryzgalov.

The Flyers also could create cap space by not pursuing winger Ville Leino, a potential free agent.

ANOTHER SENS CANDIDATE

Fresh off coaching the Binghamton Senators to an AHL Calder Cup championship, Kurt Kleinendorst threw his name into the hat Friday for the Ottawa Senators coaching job.

Kleinendorst talked with general manager Bryan Murray, joining a list of at least five other candidates --frontrunner Paul MacLean, Craig MacTavish, Kirk Muller, Dave Cameron and Gerard Gallant.

CLITSOME ON BOARD

Defenceman Grant Clitsome signed a two-year contract Friday with the Columbus Blue Jackets believed to be worth $2.5 million.

Clitsome, 26, had four goals and 15 assists in 31 games with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11. He played an average of 21 minutes 16 seconds a game, ranking second on the team.

Clitsome was drafted 271st overall in 2004 by Columbus and made his NHL debut during the 2009-10 season.

HABS KEEP 'CLASSY' VET

Late bloomer Mathieu Darche has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract to remain with the Montreal Canadiens.

"You often think that the grass might be greener on the other side, said Darche, 34, who had 12 goals and 14 assists in 59 games last season.

"But I've seen the other side and can honestly say that the grass is greenest here."

Darche played for 12 other professional teams from 2000 to 2010 before sticking with the Canadiens.

"Mathieu is a classy veteran player who displays great leadership and determination," Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said Friday.

He has played just 189 career NHL games, most of them the past four seasons. He also has played for Tampa Bay, San Jose, Nashville and Columbus.


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