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Jeff Carter wouldn’t have imagined this just 3-4 months ago

Jun 3, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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It’s safe to assume that the Los Angeles Kings run has been wild for every member of that team. They are just two wins shy of becoming the only eighth-seed to ever win the Stanley Cup. Still, situation has to be particularly surprising to Jeff Carter.

“I wouldn’t have imagined this three or four months ago,” Carter admitted. “It’s crazy how things work out. We’re two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. It’s pretty surreal right now.”

After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, in Game 2, Carter opened about about his roller-coaster year.

He a long-term deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, but Carter got dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets and went from playing on a potential Stanley Cup contender to a team still trying to figure out how to make the playoffs.

“It wasn’t an easy situation obviously,” Carter said. “Being in Philly for six years, all you do there is win, right? That’s really all you know. They teach you the right way there.

“Going to Columbus, it was a team that was struggling. Obviously there were some expectations going into the season. Things didn’t work out the way everybody had hoped. I’m happy where I’m at now.”

It’s not hard to see why.

  1. ak5040 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I find it hilarious that he and Richards are gonna get a cup after both leaving Philly. I’m nowhere near a Flyers fan but I knew it was stupid to trade BOTH of these guys. Two great, young players.

  2. aklolzer - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    As a huge flyers fan, I would love to see richards and carter win the cup with the kings since the flyers are out. Could not be happier with the players we got in return and believe we will be competing for the cup over the next 3-4 years. no hard feelings whatsoever.

  3. firemarshal1 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Hey Flyer fans, how’s that trade working out?

  4. vindicatus - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    A crybaby like Jeff Carter doesn’t deserve to win anything.

    • taytay099 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      All this hate for Carter and Richards is ridiculous. They were loved by Flyers fans less than a year ago and all of a sudden the media blows up a story of them drinking and now they’re hated. Just doesn’t seem fair that it only takes a few stories from the media to make these two look like bad guys.

      Plenty of people will read anything and believe it.

  5. jimw81 - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I love it how people think the trade was bad trade. The flyers flip carter for bryz and they traded richards because they were ‘protecting’ him from philly media plus locker room issues with pronger. The Flyers got young and flexibility with the cap. After the new cba is passed, kings are screwed because they got two big contracts and they got to sign quick to a long term deal. Flyers in the end got the last laugh. BTW, the kings will self destruct in two years with these two guys running the locker room.

    BTW the way where carter says in this article,
    “Going to Columbus, it was a team that was struggling. Obviously there were some expectations going into the season. Things didn’t work out the way everybody had hoped. I’m happy where I’m at now.”

    After flyers said goodbye, he refused to show up to Columbus for the mandatory physical and he told the blue jackets that he only wanted to play for the kings so he can be with his buddy.

    • blomfeld - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      “the kings will self destruct in two years” …

      Sure, if you say so pal ! … just as I’m sure you predicted two months ago that the Kings would be on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup, eh ? … you people are a joke !

      ps: I heard that Walmart is having a sale on Flyer’s dresses this week ! :)

  6. vindicatus - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I’m a Devils fan, so I had no love for this clown when he was in Philly either. But that’s not why he doesn’t deserve to win. His unprofessional whining antics in Columbus are why he deserves to spend the rest of his career as a loser.

  7. east96st - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    If Carter gets to hold the Stanley Cup, it will be one of the more disgusting moments in sports. The guy is the biggest POS in hockey today. What he did in Columbus is unforgivable. I will be the first one to admit that CBJ is a joke of an organization and getting traded there must have felt like a kick in the groin. But, he had an obligation to at least try or tell them he would not report to the team. He never did. On top of that, he felt perfectly okay about cashing a very large check every week despite the fact that he deliberately dogged it everytime he stepped on the ice. Bottom line, a man honors his contract or walks away from the job. We’ve all had jobs we didn’t like for bosses we knew were idiots. We still went in and did our jobs out of respect to the men who worked alongside us. That’s what a man does. He could have asked for a trade from day one and still showed respect for his teammates and the fans by playing hard. I was never a fan of the trade, but I know people who, literally, break the asses everyday doing hard labor that saved their every penny just to buy nosebleed seats because they thought Carter might be the answer in Columbus. Those are the fans who you put the effort in for. Guys like me, who can sit near the ice, we have life pretty good. And you, Jeff, well, life’s pretty sweet for you. But the poor bastard whose head is one foot from the ceiling that gave up going out to the bar with his buddies just to see you play – well, Jeff, you owed him a hell of a lot more than you gave. No offense, Kings fans, it’s not about you, your city, or your team, but this guy doesn’t deserve the Cup. He’s garbage that feels he’s entitled to screw over anyone he wants just to get his way. If he felt that strongly about not playing in Columbus, he should told the Jackets that he wasn’t going to report. But, his “principles” weren’t as important as the check. He made damn sure he didn’t miss a single one of those. I have never wished injury on any athlete before. After all, it’s just a game. But, Carter’s as close as I have come to making an exception to that rule.

    • ron05342 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:31 AM

      Dude, take some Xanax and chill out.

      I really don’t get the Columbus hate on Carter, but it is giving me more insight as to the overall hate for LeBron in Cleveland. Coupled with the economy downturn in Ohio, and what I see is a lot of misplaced anger directed at sports athletes.

      Carter scored 15 goals in 39 games, including a hat trick in his last game there. That translates into a 30-goal season, which is basically what Carter is, a 30-goal scorer. So I am not seeing why CBJ fans are going catatonic over Carter…unless, of course, you expected far too much for what you got.

      Unrealistic expectations of a player or a team is not a reason for such vitriolic hate, IMO.

      • cincycbjfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        The issue is the old adage that “First impressions are lasting impressions…”

        When Mr. Carter was informed of his trade to the CBJ, he basically unleashed a “temper tantrum” that would make any 3-year-old proud… go hide in your room and not come out until “coaxed” to do so by a “parent” (Nash, Howson, et al…)

        Not a very good way to impress the Columbus fan base! So, naturally, there will be some very hard feelings. Plus, if you look at his play while in Cols, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of “fire” there… sure, he scored a Hat Trick, but outside of that, there was a lack of passion, kind of like the teen or pre-teen playing a sport only because he is told he “has to”. Childish!

        The consummate professional would have, publicly, sucked it up, said and done all the “right” things, and approached his agent privately with the WTF? topic… not run and hide, and sulk. Thus, the nature of the “hate” from the CBJ fan base.

  8. vindicatus - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    It’s too much to ask for a professional athlete getting paid millions to just play his game and not whine to the media about being traded to a small market team? K.

  9. liamj55 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    The trades did work for the Flyers. If the 2010 Flyers had Jonathan Quick in net they win that cup. Flyers fans do not deny that Richards was a good player (Carter is still a bum) but if you asked any Flyers fan if they liked the trades I think at least 90% would say yes.

  10. garryjercia - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    As a flyers fan, I’m happy for Richards.

    But Carter, please. The guy usually disappears in the playoffs, and he’s lucky this year to have guys like Kopitar banking pucks off him on goal.

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