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Jeff Carter adds to his trade value (and Sharks’ road woes)

Feb 22, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal AP

For all that’s been made about Rick Nash‘s trade value, Jeff Carter might just be the best buy among high-profile Columbus Blue Jackets.

If all things were equal, I’d take Nash over Carter. They’re not equal, however, as Nash makes about $2.5 million more per season and would likely cost a lot more in trade assets. They’re both 27 years old and while Nash has the quantity stats over Carter, the two are pretty close in per-game averages.*

Carter added some value to his resume on Tuesday as he scored a hat trick to help the Blue Jackets shock the San Jose Sharks 6-3.

Then again, maybe such a result is getting less surprising. As we discussed this morning, the Sharks are rapidly losing their road warrior descriptor as they’re a disturbing 1-4-1 in the first six contests of a nine-game tour. All of a sudden, the Sharks’ only edge in the Pacific Division lies in their two games in hand regarding the Phoenix Coyotes as both teams are tied with 69 points.

If it comes down to fixing things with a trade, Carter might just be making an argument that he’s a solid bargain answer to his much-discussed teammate.

* – Nash has a .42 goal per game (279 in 652) and a .813 point-per-game (530 in 652) average in his NHL career while Carter averages .39 goals per game (196 in 500) and .736 points per contest (368 in 500) in his. That’s rather close, although it also shows that Carter’s fragility might explain the gulf in interest as much as questions about his partying ways.

  1. east96st - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Stats are a bit misleading. For most of Carter’s career, he played with professional hockey players. Nash hasn’t. Also, Nash never dogged it the way Carter did when he came to Columbus. Character and heart play a role in every professional sport and Nash has Carter beat badly in both categories.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      Could not have been said better.

  2. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    nash will be in the city of champions if he wants to win the cup. the franchise has spoken

    • psujay - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Dude, you guys won A Cup in the past 20 years. You’ve got 9 players taking up 47.85M, and 13 players taking up 55.6M in Cap space next year, the cap is scheduled to drop, and you want to add a $7.5M cap hit. Good idea.

      Do you realize the back to back finals appearances came with Sid and Malkin on entry level contracts, which meant you could actually afford other players? That might have had something to do with why those teams were so good. Haven’t made it past the second round since.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Pittsburgh is the city of champions?

      /guffaw

    • drewsylvania - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      This is going to sound like homery, but if you go off the last ten years, the current city of champions is Boston.

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