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Welcome back Carter: Jeff Carter returns for Columbus

Nov 12, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season is about to start turning around, right? Jeff Carter will be back in the lineup tonight against Winnipeg after missing most of the start of the season with a hairline fracture in his foot.

Carter has played in just five games this year with three assists but they’re a team that needs goal scoring as much as they need goal stopping, so at least Carter can help the team generate some offense. The Jackets have so many problems right now that getting a little bit of good news goes a long way.

Of course, unless Carter can also help the team out defensively as well as offensively, the losses may continue to pile up. At the very least, getting to face off against the Jets at least gives the Jackets a fighting chance of getting things back on the right foot right away.

  1. lsxphotog - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Columbus is in a bad way this year, which is pretty obvious. The loss of Carter early on didn’t seem to help things, but there is certainly something missing in the locker room with the team. What a lot of people tend to forget is the psychological aspect behind the game. When the Jackets sit in the locker room they have a lot to think about. The fact they’re playing in Ohio where nobody wants to watch hockey. The fact their team has one of the most embarrassing records in NHL history going into mid-November. The fact their coaching staff, team, and goaltending can’t figure out a way to make it work. Then, there is the fact that the team simply may not like playing with each other – which we wouldn’t know unless statements start making the news.

    Carter doesn’t exactly have the best reputation of holding his team together, as seen in the Flyers camp the past couple years, so I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if his play seems unmotivated upon his return. Can you blame him? He left a playoff team to be traded to a club that has little hope of turning around anytime soon, as indicated by its past trades and poor player choices. I would love to see these guys bounce back like the Devils did, but I think they’re in store for a major shake-up before December. Or at least if the team actually cares about winning it will make some daring moves to get it’s players back on track.

    Welcome back, Carter. I hope you and Nash can implement your rolls as leaders of the team and bring the Jackets back into a respectable standing. It would start with a nice win against Winnipeg, a team that should be a good match.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    If people expect Carter to carry the team, you are in for a rude awakening. He goes as the team goes. Us Flyers fans saw it first hand here in Philly. If CBJ turns it around, then Carter will put some numbers up.

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