Carter feeling the love

Jeff Carter notched his second career hat trick last Thursday. Two days later, he was rewarded with an 11-year contract extension worth $58 million. Carter was in the final year of a three-year deal.

“I maybe could have held out and gone somewhere else for more money, but I’m happy here,” Carter said.

Carter, 25, was selected by the Flyers 11th overall in the 2003 NHL draft. In 17 games this season, Carter has eight goals and seven assists for 15 points.

“He’s an integral part of the core of our hockey team,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.

The Flyers have won eight of their last nine games and own first place in the Atlantic Division — four points up on the New York Rangers.

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