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Carter on returning to Columbus: “I came in here with an open mind”

Mar 7, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

Jeff Carter, Scott Howson Getty Images

It promises to be an awkward affair for Jeff Carter on Thursday when the Los Angeles Kings face the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Carter’s brief, acrimonious stint in Ohio — he was with the Jackets for eight months — was a predominant storyline this season. There were numerous reports he didn’t like the trade that brought him to Columbus and that he never felt comfortable there, something Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider asked him about.

Question: There’s a segment of the (Columbus) fan base, as you know, that has the opinion that you never really wanted to be here? What would you say to people who think that?

Carter: I think that’s tough to say. I don’t know if that’s completely true. Obviously when I got traded from Philly, it was hard on me, something that I didn’t expect. Over time, you get over that. I came in here [Columbus] with an open mind. There were a lot of expectations around the team, from the fans and the city and stuff like that.

For whatever reason, it didn’t really work out that way, and things just started to snowball from there. When you’re losing games, like we did, and giving up leads late, it’s pretty tough on guys. It’s hard to kind of keep going. It was a tough year.

As for the reaction he expects from Blue Jackets fans?

“[Laughs] I don’t know. We’ll see what happens there,” Carter said. “It’s going to be interesting.’’

Lost in the Carter hoopla is that Columbus has won three straight games…yes, National Hockey League games! The Jackets first defeated the Avalanche — then the Coyotes in back-to-back contests — for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

This is a testament 1) to how well they’ve played of late, and 2) how miserable this season has been for BJs fans. It took until Mar. 6 for Columbus to get a three-game winning streak, and two of ’em came against the Coyotes. What a year.

  1. sharksfan754 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    He’s gonna be booed worse than Bettman

  2. jagrbomb18 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    As much as I hate carter can you imagine playing for an organization like the flyers ( top notch) and getting traded to one like CBJ( words cant describe that mess of a franchise) I would hate my life too

    • east96st - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      jagr – That’s certainly true. But, if it did happen to you, would you 1) Man up, work hard, and try to make the best of a bad situation, realizing that the lower cost of living allows you to live even larger than you already were or 2) b*tch like a 4 year old girl, be a organizational cancer, put no effort into your job, making the situation far worse than when you arrived, and still collect and cash your check? If you answered #1, congrats, you’re a grownup that has faced up to a job relocation just like many Americans have to do each year. If you answered #2, then you’re a douche just like Carter is.

      • panotchpulitzer - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Well said.

  3. nsmiff87 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Haha ^

  4. billobrienschindimple - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Is there an American League Hockey too?

  5. east96st - Mar 8, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Any Jackets player that drops the gloves to wail on the a**hole will become an instant fan favorite.

    “It’s hard to kind of keep going.”

    Especially when you never even made the effort to get started, Jeff.

  6. watchfullhose - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    “I don’t know if that’s completely true”

    But mostly….it is. Carter is a 1st class douche-nozzle

  7. dropthepuckeh - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with all of the posted sentiment – this guy is classless. With the amount of money he is making he should be willing to drive the Zamboni, sweep the aisles and fold the laundry. Since when is it expected that because you are a top paid athlete you have to be on a contending team every year? Even when this DB was on a contender he didn’t take it seriously. Ironic he ended up in Hollywood with his fellow self indulgent actors. I’m sure it will do wonders for his attitude and work ethic.

  8. blomfeld - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Fair enough then …

    obviously Carter has shown “parasitic” tendencies in the past and he’s failed miserably as a team player … but that was then and this is now … tonight as a member of the “exciting and explosive” Los Angeles KIngs, he gets the chance to atone for his previously misguided ways … and so hopefully he’ll be ready & able to answer the bell … Go Kings ! :)

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