Jeff Carter Traded To Columbus Blue Jackets. Brian Burke Misses Out.
According to TSN Philadelphia Flyers forward Jeff Carter has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets first (eighth overall) and third round draft choices in this years NHL Entry Draft.
Carter, who carries a cap hit of $5,272,727 through 2021-22, looks to have been made expendable in order for the Flyers to sign unrestricted free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, whom the Flyers have exclusive signing rights to up to July 1st.
The Carter trade also makes it possible for the Flyers to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ville Leino, who was thought to be headed out of town.
And let’s not forget about that first round draft pick. Philadelphia’s minor league system has been decimated by a lack of first round draft picks. Drafting eighth overall should allow the Flyers to pick a great player.
Carter scored a total of 115 goals over the past three seasons, including his 36 goal effort in 2010-11. Carter’s inability to impress the Flyers brass at playoff time may have come into consideration when trading him to Columbus, but the biggest reason is probably his aforementioned salary.
In Voracek the Flyers get a player that is a restricted free agent. It remains to be seen if he will be signed by the Flyers, traded or let go.
For Columbus, Carter will provide a legitimate secondary scoring threat behind star forward Rick Nash— something the Blue Jackets have struggled to find.
For the Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs the Carter trade appears to be another missed opportunity for Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke (who has a history of dealing with the Flyers) to land his coveted first line center.
Rumors surfaced earlier this week stating that Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri was part of a package headed to Philadelphia that would have seen Carter land with the Blue and White.
With Carter now in Columbus, it appears as if Burke will be even more aggressive in trying to land the likes of Brad Richards via free agency or looking for an alternative via the trade market.
Of course, when you consider the size and length of Carter’s contract the best thing for Burke to do may have been to pass on Carter, if Burke was even in on the discussions at all.
With two first round draft choices (25th and 30th overall) and several top level prospects it is not out of the question that Burke could land a center via trade, that said, with few top line centres available, it will be tough for Burke to pull off a deal.
Until next time,