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Jeff Carter finally speaks up after being traded to Columbus

Jun 27, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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Things have been a bit trying for Jeff Carter of late. The star center was recently traded by the Flyers, a team that signed him to an 11-year $58 million extension, to Columbus. With Carter signing such a long contract and taking himself out of the running for unrestricted free agency until he’s in his mid-30s. That sort of thing can rankle your nerves and Carter is no different.

While the Blue Jackets hadn’t heard from Carter since the trade went down on Thursday afternoon, GM Scott Howson and coach Scott Arniel went to Philadelphia to meet up with the grumpy star player and came away today with an understanding about where everyone stands and to make sure that no ill feelings are being had towards a new situation in Columbus.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch has the story about how Carter didn’t want to stick his foot in his mouth when discussing the deal.

“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 fact that the Blue Jackets went ahead and sent their GM, head coach, as well as captain Rick Nash says a lot about how serious they were about cooling things off with Carter and helping welcome him into his new team. Of course, things aren’t all peachy for Carter regarding his thoughts about Philadelphia. Portzline has more on that.

In fact, Carter and his agent, Rick Curran, said they were told last week by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren that rumors of a trade involving Carter were not accurate. The trade devastated him, according to people close to Carter.

“It was all about how things were handled in Philadelphia,” he said.

We can go ahead and circle November 5 on our calendars as that’s when the Blue Jackets play the Flyers for their one and only meeting of the season in Philadelphia. We don’t think Philadelphia players will have any ill will towards Columbus in that game, but Carter will be more than motivated to try and put one over on his old team. With how Carter’s been portrayed through this whole ordeal, he’s got a lot to prove to everyone about what sort of player he is.

  1. crosbyhasgonorrhea - Jun 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    I used to think the no movement clauses gave players way too much power, but this is great example of why they are needed in some deals. The guy takes a home town discount from a contender and figures to spend the rest of his career in Philly, then gets dumped to a club that’s won the same number of playoff games I have.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 28, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Carter’s agent should be shot for getting him such a long-term discounted deal without a full immediate no-trade clause. Without it, he can’t be too surprised he was traded. Why bother getting a no-trade that starts in July of 2012??? Ridiculous.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      CBA. Doesnt allow him to have it until that date.

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