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Jeff Carter Speaks Out

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch:

“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Carter said. “I spent six years in Philadelphia. I think so highly of the organization. It was a real shot to me.

“My decision to not talk had absolutely nothing to do with being traded to Columbus. I know it’s a team that has struggled in the past, but there’s a great future there, a lot of young players. I’m excited to be there.”

The Blue Jackets traded for Carter on Thursday, but he’d been incommunicado with the exception of a brief text message conversation with Jackets captain Rick Nash.

Blue Jackets management turned proactive this morning. General manager Scott Howson, coach Scott Arniel and Nash flew from Columbus to Sea Isle, N.J., to meet with Carter in his residence. Beginning at noon, they had a 90 minute meeting that must have calmed a lot of nerves.

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awould's avatar

If it is true that Philly lied to his face about the pending trade, they are dbags and you’d have to think it will change how players view that team.

Posted by awould on 06/27/11 at 04:39 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

The Link:

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Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/27/11 at 05:05 PM ET

Paul's avatar

They changed the link and now working.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/27/11 at 05:08 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Thanx Paul.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/27/11 at 05:26 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Carter, 26, is a proven No. 1 center…

Yeah, but he’s not a prototypical centerman.He’s more of a finisher than a playmaker. And that’s what Nash needed. Give him a proven set-up man and Nash goes from a 35 goal scorer to a 50 goal scorer.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/27/11 at 05:30 PM ET

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If it is true that Philly lied to his face about the pending trade, they are dbags and you’d have to think it will change how players view that team.

Posted by awould on 06/27/11 at 03:39 PM ET

That would upset me, too. To ask a team if I was going to be traded and they say “no, don’t worry about it” and then to get traded? It would have been more honest to tell him “we don’t want to trade you, but you are in demand” or “we aren’t planning on it, but things may change” would at least have given him some warning.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/27/11 at 08:06 PM ET

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