Jeff Carter To Toronto? Dispelling The Rumors.

July 4th, 2011 No Comments

Rumors. They can start up at the flick of a few keys on the keyboard and, in most cases; there is absolutely nothing to them.

Reports have surfaced that Jeff Carter was unhappy at being blindsided by the Philadelphia Flyers when he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. While Carter has not said he is disappointed in his destination, there are some whispers out there that Carter would consider a move if Columbus offered.

Carter’s agent Rick Curran met with the Flyers prior to the trade and was assured there was no truth to the rumors that Carter was on the move.

Curran negotiated an 11-year, $58 million deal with the Flyers that was to see Carter remain a Flyer for life. Needless to say, when you consider Carter negotiated his deal in good faith and then was later assured he would not be dealt; it had to be like a slap in the face when Carter was moved to Columbus.

Of course the Columbus Blue Jackets are tickled pink to be able to add an offensive threat of Carter’s caliber to their lineup, but one wonders, will Carter be happy there?

Columbus employs a decent lineup which includes the likes of forwards Rick Nash, R.J Umberger and Kristian Huselius, newly acquired defensemen James Wisniewski and the inconsistent goaltending of Steve Mason.

All and all Columbus has a decent lineup, but it’s hardly a lineup that screams “Stanley Cup Champions” and it’s hardly comparable to the lineup Philadelphia had at the time of Carter’s signing.

The fact is, even with Carter and Wisniewski in the lineup, few pundits are picking the Blue Jackets to emerge as Western Conference Champions, let alone win Lord Stanley’s Mug, which may be why Carter is rumored to be so disappointed.

Having acquired Carter from the Flyers in exchange for forward Jakob Voracek as well as the Blue Jackets 2011 first and third-round picks it hard to imagine the Blue Jackets willing to move Carter. The fact is, Columbus is stoked to have Carter in their lineup and, in the event he is unhappy, Carter will be asked to at least give it a shot, won’t he?

It’s hard to say where Carter would like to play, but it’s easy to assume he would like to be with a Stanley Cup contender.

Many fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to spew out rumors that Carter is seeking a trade to Toronto, but thus far they are just that, rumors.

Should the Leafs be interested in Carter one would have to believe it would cost Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke a bushel full of players. Names like Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne and even the likes of Luke Schenn continue to be mentioned as possible trade bait to land a legitimate number one centre as, with all due respect to Tim Connolly, the Leafs still lack a true number one down the middle.

For now it appears as if Carter will be in Columbus for the foreseeable future. Even with Carter’s talent level, it is never easy to move a contract of Carter’s size, even with the salary cap being set at just over $64 million.

Sorry Leaf fans, it appears as if Brian Burke already had his opportunity to land Jeff Carter and failed, there’s no reason to think he’ll revisit acquiring the young sniper anytime soon.

Until next time,

Peace!

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