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Flyers trade Jeff Carter to Columbus for Jakub Voracek, 8th overall draft pick

Wowzers, per TSN:

Jeff Carter has been told he’s been traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In exchange for Carter, the Flyers are expected will receive Jakub Voracek, plus a first and third round pick.

More to come, obviously.

Update: The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun confirm.

added 5:03pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the club’s first and third round picks, eighth and 68th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Carter, 26, has registered 181 goals and 162 assists for 343 points with 288 penalty minutes and a +51 plus/minus rating in 461 career NHL games. He has added 48 power play, 38 game-winning and 12 shorthanded goals during his six seasons with the Flyers, has hit the 30-goal mark in each of the past three campaigns and made his All-Star Game debut in 2009.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased and excited to acquire Jeff Carter,” said Howson. “Jeff is a proven number one center in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him having many productive seasons as a Blue Jacket.”


added 5:02pm,

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jakub Voracek and the club’s first and third round picks, eighth and 68th overall, in the 2011 Entry Draft, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Carter, 26, has registered 181 goals and 162 assists for 343 points with 288 penalty minutes and a +51 plus/minus rating in 461 career NHL games. He has added 48 power play, 38 game-winning and 12 shorthanded goals during his six seasons with the Flyers, has hit the 30-goal mark in each of the past three campaigns and made his All-Star Game debut in 2009.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased and excited to acquire Jeff Carter,” said Howson. “Jeff is a proven number one center in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him having many productive seasons as a Blue Jacket.”

 

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Nathan's avatar

Wow, didn’t see the BJs in play on something like this.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/23/11 at 05:35 PM ET

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Think Philly is a great situation for Voracek to develop at his own pace and think Columbus is going to regret this badly in a few years for a number of reasons. However, if their newspapers are to be believed, Columbus needs to do something now to keep the fans.

All in all, in creating cap space for Breezy, subtracting a disinterested skill guy with waaaaaay too long of a contract, adding Voracek and a top 8 pick, I’d say Holmgren pulled a rabbit out of his hat this afternoon.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 05:38 PM ET

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this has been on the table for months now, glad Howson had the gumption to pull the trigger.. now they have at least 2 viable scoring lines in columbus and a possible mentor for Brassard

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 05:41 PM ET

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They pulled the trigger indeed, and lost Voracek in the process. Brilliant.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/23/11 at 05:50 PM ET

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voracek is a good player, but how can philly be interested in a guy that is not signed for next season?  How will they know what the contract is going to be in order to plan their cap situation with Bryz?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/23/11 at 05:54 PM ET

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Carter punched his ticket out of town when he missed that open net with 90 seconds left in Game 6 of the Final last year. Flyers fans were never going to forget that, let alone forgive it; they’re Philly fans, after all.

A cautionary note: Flyers fans wanted a goalie. They wanted to see the back of Carter. They’ve gotten, it seems, both. And we all know what we are told from childhood about what we wish for . . .

I just hope this means Ville Leino will be staying.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/23/11 at 05:55 PM ET

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Voracek can’t hit an open net to save his life.  I had particularly high hopes for him because he was drafted the year they held the draft in columbus and I got to watch the jackets pick him.  Then he put on like 20 lbs in one summer to try to be more competative.. then he just hit a wall.  He’s been asked to produce for 2 years now and although he puts up points, he’s more like the Filpulla of the Jackets.  You KNOW he’s got the talent but he just doesn’t take that step or make you think he’s about to.  At least Fil has flashes of brilliance.. Voracek usually Helm’s(the old Helm) it when he’s got that open net or gets that backdoor pass.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:03 PM ET

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Looking at his stats, he’s been a minus player for 2 years and after jumping to 50 pnts from 35 in ‘09 he fell down to 46.. but at least improved that -7 to a -3.

3 years in the league with the big club

Not saying he’s not a good player, but for Carter, it’s a no-brainer.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:06 PM ET

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Maybe Voracek will be turned around by himself or in package. Based on what else is being posted here on KK, Holmgren’s turned into Trader Jack.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/23/11 at 06:08 PM ET

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Depends on his salary and his age. He won’t get much above $3 million with those numbers, but at 21? He’s better than Flip offensively. The BJ’s just blew themselves if you ask me.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/23/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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Heh…just saw your last comment, Hockeytown. Yeah, I guess I can see it if they’re trying to make a splash to keep the fans…but…I wouldn’t have dumped him for Carter. Not sure what other options the BJ’s had to get Carter…but…Voracek should get around $3 million (IMHO) for those numbers he’s putting up. I doubt Philly can do that.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/23/11 at 06:14 PM ET

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UMMM where is the Genius who Rpped me for saying this is the trade that the Columbus Columnist was writing about


This isd ALSO why BJ’s should be sold, Moved Or Swallowed up by the NHL This is RETARDED

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 06:16 PM ET

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lmao, like th eBJ’s were crazy for picking up another 40+ goal scoere, lmao

CRAZY to trade that for the 16 goal scorer they sent out, that was two years ago by the way, when he peaked.. he had 14 this past year.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:46 PM ET

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I wonder if this has any effect on whether or not Upshall stays.  That’d definitely be interesting and he’s got the same drive RJ does, definitely wouldn’t mind if he stuck around

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:52 PM ET

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But the 8th overall could have developed into a player as good as Carter?!?!?!?!?

Did I do it right?

Posted by JBM on 06/23/11 at 06:53 PM ET

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UMMM where is the Genius who Rpped me for saying this is the trade that the Columbus Columnist was writing about

And still, you haven’t got even the most basic understanding of what I said…

Posted by Garth on 06/23/11 at 07:02 PM ET

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AH yes Genius Boy made it back from under his rock

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 07:06 PM ET

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Oh Boy Yeah they got Carter who is a finisher to play with Nash who is a Finisher ! who is going to get them the Puck Brassard & STILL they desperately need a Puck Moving D man

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 07:08 PM ET

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You realize PMD is one of their strengths in their prospect pool?

They have some really talented guys in the AHL in Savard, Moore, and to a lesser extent Goloubef.  Not to mention the re-signing of Clitsome on the cheap.

Posted by JBM on 06/23/11 at 07:16 PM ET

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Wow they having Puck Moving D men is the Prospect Pool well that makes it all better then doesn’t it? LOL

Why were they after Gogo then ??

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 07:22 PM ET

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Boy, if Richards was available, Columbus would have been a lot smarter to try and get him. He’s a difference-maker who can distribute the puck, perform under pressure and his contract’s not quite as stupid. None of that can be said about Carter.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 07:44 PM ET

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I know the people here in C-bus LOVE it.  I’m actually excited to go to a couple jackets games this year… I go every year, I’m jst never excited.. Unless Uncle Mike and Circus are in town.

Johanson is their best prospect, difference maker and is already showing confidence on the ice on the ice with the big boys last year in preseason. 

Then it falls off.. they’ve drafted a lot of high picks and unable to develop them.. John Moore, they’re top prospect Puck Mover was -50 or some shit in the AHL last season.. not exaggerating.

Columbus needed immediate help, both with sales and with W’s.. hopefully this is the defrib they needed.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 07:49 PM ET

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you mean difference maker like cheap shot boarding penalties to take players out of important games?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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The point is the 8th overall wouldn’t have gotten them very far in search of this illustrious PMD as they already have plenty of prospects who fill that need already. 

Also Savard had an amazing season for a rookie in the A and who’s to say he or Moore aren’t ready to compete for a spot in training camp come fall?

Posted by JBM on 06/23/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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Carter will struggle to score 30 goals in Columbus..

Posted by FlyersFan on 06/23/11 at 08:04 PM ET

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you mean difference maker like cheap shot boarding penalties to take players out of important games?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 05:50 PM ET

Richards is my most-hated player, and he’s gotten a free ride from the media and league on his status as a cheapshot artist, but he was far and away Philly’s best player in both series against Pittsburgh. He was the only one consistently generating chances, the only one consistently scoring big goals and the hardest-working player on the team.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 08:29 PM ET

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I feel you steviesteve, I used to like Richards, thought the same thing and don’t deny he’s talented and he got a high compete level, but his perseonality isn’t his strong suite.  You can see it when he plays, there’s no honor in his game but he’ll be the first to call out someone else pushing the same limits he does.. I just don’t think he’s in a position right now to bring a positive influence and the jackets need stability and positive reinforcement at this point.  Umberger is doing a fantastic job there and leading the right way, I would be affraid Richards might conflict in that regard.  This is the same team that shut down because ken hitchcock yelled at them too much for not playing the system.  I think RJ is a better role-model for young players than M Richards.

And Carter will score 30 goals.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 09:30 PM ET

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