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Jeff Carter is happy to be a King

May 12, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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Jeff Carter and Mike Richards both signed long-term deals with the Philadelphia Flyers, so when they were traded to separate teams, it wasn’t unrealistic to assume they’d never be on the same NHL team again. However, through an unexpected turn of events, Carter and Richards have been reunited in Los Angeles.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Carter said. “I never thought I’d end up here, especially this quick. Obviously I’m happy with how it turned out, and I love the beach, so it’s a perfect fit.”

It is believed that Carter wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about playing with Columbus when he was traded there over the summer. His stint didn’t last long and was counterproductive for the Blue Jackets. However, that’s in the past and now Carter and Richards have an opportunity to accomplish something that they fell just short of in Philadelphia: win a Stanley Cup.

If they end up winning it all just a year after being dealt by Philadelphia, it probably won’t bother Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

“I hope for the best for Mike and Jeff,” Holmgren said. “I hope they do win the Stanley Cup at some point. They’re both good kids. That’s what they’re playing the game of hockey for, to win, so good for them. I’m happy the way it’s worked out for us.”

It’s worth adding that while the Kings have been a big success story during the playoffs, Carter in particular has left something to be desired. He has just a goal and four points in nine postseason contests. He’s capable of much more and he could break out at any time.

  1. oside760 - May 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    GO KINGS!

  2. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    GO JEFF CARTER!!!!!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

  3. joelwrobinson - May 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    The Kings’ success is in no way attributed to Jeff Carter’s play. That guy sucks. He’s beyond overrated.

  4. blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    “and he could break out at any time” …

    Not only that, but I’ve a feeling that the entire Kings team is about to go on a rampage. The fact is that despite our 9-1 playoff record so far, we Kings have yet to weigh with a full broadside from our big guns. Yet I’m convinced that this will happen and I can see it starting tomorrow night ! I know that the Coyotes and their fans “mean well” and apart from their perverted finances, I’ve nothing against them personally. However they’re the “enemy” now who’s standing in our way … and as such, they must be dealt with ! I can honestly see our Kings’ getting into “double digits” in terms of goals scored, during some of the coming games ! In fact, there’s a real possibility that in the aftermath, the phoney “House Which Gary Built” may not even survive as an organization, such will be the “mauling” that they’re about to receive from us !

    So “close ranks” friends … we’re going in against these people and nothing is going to stop us now ! GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  5. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Kings fans. You are getting what you get from Carter. There is no next level. If you understand that he will not disappoint you. If you expect more you will want to strangle his ass. Notice he said he loves the beach not loves winning. Sounds crazy but I think he didn’t wanna win in Philly because the finals are in the summer and cut into his beach time

  6. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    He does nothing in the playoffs !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      In 47 career playoff games with the FLYERS he had 21 total points !

      • maalea - May 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        He had the finals game 6 OT winner on his stick and he hit Neimmi’s crest right in the nose.

  7. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Ouch I forgot about that. He had an OT game winner with the kings earlier in playoffs and totally missed the puck. HE BLOOOWWSS.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      So he’s LA’s Kaberle?

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