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Columbus’ Carter on trade rumors: “I don’t think it should come as a surprise”

Feb 1, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

Jeff Carter

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, “multiple sources” confirmed the Blue Jackets have put center Jeff Carter on the trading block. That might come as a surprise to some — Carter was acquired just seven months ago, after all — but one guy remains unsurprised by this latest development:

Jeff Carter.

“There’s talk about a lot of guys right now,” Carter told The Dispatch. “Our team, with the way the season has gone — the injuries, the standings, and stuff — I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anybody on our team if they end up [in rumors].”

Carter’s appeared in just 30 of Columbus’ 50 games due to a myriad of injuries and hasn’t played since Jan. 8 because of a shoulder issue. When he has been in the lineup, he’s appeared disinterested (10G-7A-17PTS, minus-9) — though that shouldn’t come as a surprise given his reaction upon being traded to Columbus in the first place.

While Carter insists he hasn’t asked for a trade out of Ohio — “I’m here to play hockey,” he told Portzline — Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson did acknowledge he met recently with Carter’s agent, Rick Curren.

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  1. obamablowz - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Hope all the problems you caused in Philadelphia with your drinking, not practicing because of hangovers, and trouble in the dressing room was worth going to Columbus Jeff.

  2. lsxphotog - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Ha.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Now the rest of the hockey world is seeing exactly what the Flyers were dealing with. Carter needs to wise up for his own sake. CBJ got duped by Carter’s shallow numbers.

  4. davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    It’s easy to kick Carter when he’s down right now, but this reflects badly on the Blue Jackets and the Blue Jackets only.

    I wonder if the people who are surprised that Carter hasn’t lit the world on fire in 30 games on the league’s worst team recovering from injuries are the same ones that got a little too high on the big Canadian kid who put up a 46 goal season before turning 26?

    The fact is that Carter is a good-but-not-great player – it should have been pretty clear, and for the Blue Jackets to not recognize that (hence the buyers remorse) is just shameful.

    Carter – meh. He could do a better job of hiding the fact that he isn’t happy in Columbus, but who would be happy?

  5. shanehockey28 - Feb 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    “Im here to play hockey” says it all for me.

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