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Remember The Jeff Carter Trade To Columbus?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

After weeks of haggling between Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and then-Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson – did the Jackets want Carter or Mike Richards? would the Jackets include a prospect, first-round pick, and maybe another decent pick? – the two sides began to narrow in on a deal that would send promising left wing Jake Voracek, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick to the Flyers for the veteran Carter.

Holmgren hemmed and hawed for a few days until GMs began showing up in St. Paul and Minneapolis for the draft.

Holmgren called Howson the day before the draft in the morning to tell him he was ready to make the move, but not before he dropped a bombshell on Howson’s lap, one that staggered him and forced him to sit down:

“You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter (ital) and (end) Richards.


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Primis's avatar

OK as anecdotes/stories go, that is a good one.

The “What If?” is justified.  What if CBS gets *both* Carter and Richards?  Does it help or hurt them?  Or… fascinatingly-enough…. would both have then been traded to LA together anyways?

While giving up Johansen and a pick that became Ryan Murray sounds like a lot… that first maybe isn’t such a good one, and Murray is maybe no on the board for it.  And Johansen still isn’t looking great.

CBS really needed help right then, not futures.  I’m a bit surprised they didn’t do it.

Posted by Primis on 12/19/13 at 05:19 PM ET

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