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Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:38 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 9:06 pm
CarterBy: Adam Gretz

The Jeff Carter era in Columbus has come to an end almost as quickly as it began.

The Blue Jackets traded the veteran forward to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013. The deal comes just eight months after the team acquired him in a trade from Philadelphia as one of the focal points of their offseason re-tooling.

The deal is contingent on Carter passing a physical on Friday.

“Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league," said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi in a team statement. "He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age he is entering the prime of his career.  We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing. We also want to wish Jack Johnson the best going forward.”

Columbus initially gave up a package of players and picks that turned out to be Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier (the player the Flyers selected with No. 7 overall pick the Jackets sent to the Flyers), as well as a third-round pick. Turning around and trading him this quickly, at what might be his lowest possible value, for a package that on the surface doesn't appear to be as good as the one they gave up for him initially is certainly eye opening.

Prior to this season Carter had scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three seasons, including a career-high 46 during the 2008-09 season. He appeared in just 39 games for the Blue Jackets this year, scoring 15 goals to go with 10 assists. He still has 10 years remaining on his contract that carries a yearly salary cap hit of $5.2 million.

And with that, the firesale is underway in Columbus.

For the Kings, the deal helps to fix their primary area of weakness -- a complete lack of goal-scoring -- as the team is currently the worst offensive team in the league and one of the worst the NHL has seen in recent years. It also reunites Carter and his former teammate in Philadelphia, center Mike Richards, as both players were traded by the Flyers over the summer preceding the addition of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forwards Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr.

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Even though he's appeared in just 39 games this season, Carter would still be tied for second on the Kings in goals (15) as of Thursday night, only two behind  Anze Kopitar.

The biggest piece going back to Columbus in this deal is Johnson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft. He signed a seven-year, $30.5 million contract prior to start of this season, and while he provides a solid amount of offense from the blue line he has had his share of struggles defensively.

This is already the second trade for the Blue Jackets this week, having also sent center Antoine Vermette to Phoenix for goaltender Curtis McElhinney and a pair of draft picks on Wednesday.

Rick Nash's name continues to be the biggest one floating around the rumor mill, and he had been connected to the Kings. At this point it seems that it would be down to either the New York Rangers or San Jose Sharks for his services. Center Samuel Pahlsson is another player on the Columbus Roster that figures to draw a lot of interest before Monday's deadline.

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Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:38 pm

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

Both Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are locked into long terms deals with no trade clauses.. Richards still has eight more years with a salary cap hit at 5.7 mil per year, and Carter has 10 more years at 5.2 mil hit per year. Good luck with that L.A. !!! Two players draining close to 20% of the cap next year and depending on the cap in the upcoming years, those contracts will still be a substantial hit. Those contracts will restrict the ability to bring in top free agents in the future. They are yours for the next 8-10 years L.A. enjoy!!!

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:43 pm

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

@Repuiation  Dont bet your lunch on it.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:17 pm

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

Love this move for LA.  I think Carter will do fine.  When you look at the games he's played.  He hasn't actually been that bad once he has had time to get back into things.  Being hurt 2 or 3 times has killed him.  If you look at his stats right when he came back from each injury it seemed to take him about 5 games or so to get going again each time.  After those games to get back into things he has done good.

I'm done with Columbus after this season.  Untill they make some major changes upstairs.  I won't waste 1 cent on season tickets in future.  I'll still cheer for them when they don't play Pens, but they need to actually stick to a plan for once if they ever want to get out of this hole.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:06 am

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

randymossrules: I agree, and in other posts I talk about how bad the chemistry, but more so, the lockerroom and attitude. I've wondered if Nash was part of the problem. Here in town they talk about a "click" within the team and new players coming in aren't welcome and feel ignored and put off by this click.

I think my complete thougth on this is continued in my respose to the talks on trading Nash.

As hockeybob stated, " I don't know why Howson would want a first, the organization has failed to draft and develop and they've done nothing to suggest that this will be different."

Goal wise, Nash and Carter lead the team. Point wise, they are first and fifth on the team. Without Nash, the Blue Jackets top point leader ranks 94th in the NHL. The trades talks that I'm hearing are the Carter and Nash would get the Blue Jackets and defensemen, goalie and a first round pick (maybe something else thrown in). But the way the Blue Jackets have developed players. We developed Brassard who, in his 4th full year up with the Jackets, last season was his best with 47 points (117th in the NHL). Johansen is a rookie center and has scored just 17 points this season and Dorsett is in his 3 full season up with the Jackets and he is having his best season yet with 15 points so far this season. Prospol and Umberger are the other two top scorers. It looks like we are going to try to develop these players and build a defense. But that doesn't seem to hold that much promise of even being an offense better than we have this year.

In the other post, I was looking at the Goals per Game and Goals Against per Game. To be a playoff team, you need those to to be about equal. This year, Columbus is at about 2.32 goals per game while the defense is givign up well over 3 goals per game. (Fourth worst offense and the second worst defense.) If we can't drastically improve our offense, our defense would have to be top 5 defense to make the playoffs. Otherwise, we'll end up like Los Angeles this year with a great goalie and descent defense but no offense to support them (Quick is only giving up 1.97 goals per game but has a losing record.)

Understand that we need chemistry and I have been calling for a reboot, but I'd like to see what the rebuilding plan is.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:03 am

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

love this move

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:30 am

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

The bars and liquor stores in Los Angeles better be at DEFCON 2 now that Jeffy has been reunited with Richey. Stay off the streets an hour or so after the game has ended.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:26 am

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

They still need some goaltending and should be able to get that in the Nash trade. I like the idea of trading one of the picks they have acquired for an actual roster player. Carter gave up before he even got there and Nash's lustre is got some rust on it. A retool/rebuild is the best thing for that franchise.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:50 pm

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

Jack Johnson was a good move for the Bluejackets, they needed a quality defenseman, (Wiz isn't, he's something else).   I don't know why Howson would want a first, the organization has failed to draft and develop and they've done nothing to suggest that this will be different.    Now, if they trade the pick for roster player, I think that would be good.

Carter is going to fall on his face in LA.   D.Sutter is going to run him into the ground, Carter was coddled most of his time in PHI and the lunatics ran the institute in Columbus, there's going to be some culture shock in LA. for him.   I don't think he'll be Penner-bad though.   Maybe he can heat up right before the playoffs and LA can knock off the 1 or 2 seed, that would be pleasant.

Both teams kind of had to make that trade.  Two gms that should be in the hot seat. 

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:04 pm

Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings

Ohiosportsfan,  The bruins traded away Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov when both were still young, gifted players because they were frustrated with the direction of the team. The thing is trading away the players who bring the most back is sometimes the best way to rebuild.

While the return for Thornton seemed a bit low, they drafted Lucic with the pick from the Samsonov deal.  We traded our two best players and a few years later hoisted our first cup in like 39 years! The one thing people forget is the one magic word ohio, CHEMISTRY!

Chemistry matters and if you don't have team players who are motivated in playing as a team then the odds are your team is not going anywhere. As for rebuilding it can be done and sometimes players just dont fit in with a team, they can be too much about their own stats and not enough about helping all their teammates get involved which is why Joe was dealt, Sergei more for his contract demands i believe. 

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:43 pm
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