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Jeff Carter has NOT asked for a trade… yet

Nov 17, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

Jeff Carter, Justin Falk AP

Remember in the offseason when Jeff Carter was so upset that he was traded from Philadelphia to Columbus? Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, there are rumors (including a report from RDS.ca) that he’s still not happy and would like to be moved.

We don’t usually report on rumors, but these have reached the point that Renaud Lavoie of RDS actually asked Rick Curran (Carter’s agent) if he has requested a trade. The response was predictable: he has not asked for a trade. After all, that might look bad since he’s only played in seven games for his new team. Somewhere Kim Kardashian is saying, “you have to give it some time Jeff.”

There’s no question that it’s been a rough start for the Blue Jackets and Jeff Carter is no different. He’s only played in seven games so far this season because of a hairline fracture in his right foot. Over the course of those seven games, he’s still looking for his first goal for his new team and has only put up three assists while playing alongside superstar captain Rick Nash.

It doesn’t help that the Jackets have gotten off to their worst start in franchise history despite all of the hope surrounding the team this offseason. It’s one of those situations in Columbus where anything that can go worth, will go wrong. This news couldn’t come at a worse time while they try to figure out what’s wrong with the team and desperately search for a few wins.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on the story. Right now there’s only smoke; but when there’s this much smoke, there’s probably a fire around.

  1. smithmike4 - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Lol I would hate to get traded to this joke of a team.

  2. Matt - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    There is no way the Jackets move Carter unless they get an absolute ransom for him. The combination of excellent contract and exceptional offensive skill make Carter insanely valuable to Columbus (and probably the focal point of any rebuild, should the Jackets choose to actually blow up the team).

    And it’s also worth reiterating: Carter has just returned from injury and has to both get the rust off, and establish chemistry with his still-new team. I imagine it would be odd to request a trade without actually knowing what you’re involved with. Yeah, the season is a pathetic mess right now for Columbus, but I sincerely doubt Carter goes anywhere.

  3. andyreidisfat - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Jeff carter had as much talent as anyone in the NHL, but he is also a loser. The guy would rather party than work hard.

    It’s a simple case of not loving the game. I don’t blame him for getting paid to play a sport, but I would say all sports need a lot less guys like carter.

    Oh and thanks Columbus for the stud rookie and jake for that loser

  4. fummer34 - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Carter to the coyotes for turis and something else. But this could be something to keep an eye on

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM

      both are overrated!

  5. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    I can only laugh. really really hard!!!!!

  6. dbick - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    I felt bad for him when he got traded to Columbus of all places, and after their start I feel even worse for him. Hope he can get out of there.

  7. phillyphever - Nov 18, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Ah, the trade is looking better by the day. Well done Homer.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      Hurd that. Carter has to be on a good team to shine. He will struggle. As I’ve been saying since the trade first happened.

  8. govtminion - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    It would be pretty crass of him to demand a trade out of Columbus, since he’s only played a handful of games for them so far. I wouldn’t blame him for wanting out, but it seems like it would be the equivalent of leaping off the Titanic while still leaving the harbor.

  9. macintoshw - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    I’d expect no less

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