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One Blue Jacket knew Carter would be traded “from day one”

Feb 24, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski Getty Images

In the wake of yesterday’s Jeff Carter trade, a revealing tidbit via Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch:

The Blue Jackets shed no tears over the departure of Carter, who was never comfortable in Columbus. His departure was a foregone conclusion. “From day one,” one player said when asked how long he could see the Carter trade coming.

It was never a secret that Carter was devastated after being traded by the Flyers in June. As Portzline reminds us, he “went into hiding and required a delegation of Blue Jackets to visit him at his summer home in New Jersey before he spoke publicly.”

Not a good start.

“We had high expectations when we acquired Jeff Carter,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “But we just couldn’t find the right fit for him. I think Jeff struggled with this right from the outset.

“He made a long-term commitment to Philadelphia. It was hard for him to deal with the trade.”

Howson was being diplomatic. You can imagine what those in the organization have said privately about Carter.

FYI, the Kings are in Columbus on March 8. Might be a few boos that night at Nationwide.

  1. pens919209 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I’m pretty sure that everyone on earth knew that… except Scott Howson.

  2. crazemastercraze - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    don’t be a professional athlete and get paid a godly amount of money if you can;t handle getting traded. besides, from all accounts you abused the status you had in philly(no ones jumping the gun to counter that claim other than your party buddy richards) and pushed the buttons of everyone in management. big baby……

  3. phlmt69 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Its going to be great watching those two fail in LA. They are going to hate Sutter. Good thing Stevens is there as a baby-sitter…er…buffer. I am sure they will be a hit out on the town. As a lifelong Flyers fan, I was sad to see Richards go but never was a fan of Carter. He just never showed up in big games.

    • whlskey - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Agreed, except I don’t necessarily want to see Richie fail. Having said that though, Carter did always seem lackadaisical during most games, and most importantly when games were on the line. Not too mention it always seemed, for the most part again, that he was just coasting out there when we all know he has the speed to blow by guys… I always have and will root for Richie because even if he was a drunk, he still came to play and busted his ass every game. But after living by and having met both of them a few times out in public, I can honestly say Carter is exactly what he seems to be.

  4. darksidecowboy - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Jeff Carter = Douche

  5. brockohol - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I dont like carter but in his defense…is there anything worse for a pro athlete to hear “you’ve been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets”. ugh.

  6. gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Still LOL @ posters who refereed to Jack Johnson as “Elite”
    Or even “Good”
    -90 since entering the league (the WORST) and its not like his teammates are as bad with +/- as JJ. He stands out because he is a horrid defensive player (who’s position is Defense btw)

    And he does not score goals, or make great 1st passes to open up his forwards.

    See there is this thing called “a bust” its a term applied to players taken early who suck.

    JJ Sucks and that draft pick is not going to be a top 10 and therefore a crap shoot.

    In other words the Blue Jackets got compensated fairly.

    • gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      LOL @ thumbs down from people without the ability to come up with a retort to my facts

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