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Jeff Carter on returning to Philly: ‘It’s not a big deal really’

Mar 23, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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It’s been nearly three years since the Philadelphia Flyers traded Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s been over two years that Carter has been a member of the Los Angeles Kings, but he’s yet to take the ice in Philadelphia as a member of another team.

That’s going to change on Monday night when the Kings visit Wells Fargo Center to face the Flyers but Carter doesn’t see what all the fuss is about as Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times tweets out.

“It is what it is. It’s been three yrs since I left there. It’s not a big deal really,” Carter said. “It should be a lot of fun though.”

In six seasons with the Flyers, Carter scored 181 goals before being shipped to the Blue Jackets in the deal that netted Philly Jakub Voracek and the draft picks that became Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins. That worked out pretty good for the Flyers.

Incredibly, Carter has only played one game in his career against the Flyers and that was just on Feb. 1 in L.A. Thanks to Columbus formerly being in the Western Conference and Los Angeles always being there and how the schedule used to work, visiting some Eastern Conference cities sometimes took a couple seasons.

The only question left here is how warmly will Carter be received in his former home city?

  1. uncledick - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I personally do not miss Jeff “high and wide” Carter but cannot say the the same for Richards, that guy was an absolute warrior. However they were the two guys here in Philadelphia and were not going to get it done. Glad they won elsewhere but they were not “the guys” there. Very pleased in the fact that Philadelphia flipped 2 assets and in turn got, Simmonds, Schenn, Couturier, and Voracek.

    • joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Carter has won the SC, and more recently a Gold Medal. In Sochi he played 6 games, and had 3 goals and 2 assists. He wasn’t there for his offense, but contributed on offense and played d very well.

      He’s one of the best 2 way players in the league. In 61 games this year with LA he scored 24 goals and 21 assists. 13 pts behind the number one point producer with 10 games less played.

      So, uncle Dick, Jeff Carter, though you don’t miss him, is a hell of a hockey player, and I would venture to say he’s more complete than Richards the warrior.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        “One of the best two way players in the game”?! I’ve been watching Jeff Carter since he was a Phantom and you are absolutely, 100% dead wrong. The guy is only focused when the puck is on his stick. Was he our top scoring threat in Philly? Yes, his shot and quick release are scary, but in his own zone, without the puck, gimme a break. The guy’s a one trick pony. Mike Richards (despite terrible offensive #s in LA) is a far better two way player.

        It’s not that I don’t miss and appreciate what Carter and Richards did for us, but I’m far happier with Simmonds, Schenn, Voracek, and Couturier.

      • lowenni - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        @joey4id, uncledick never said Jeff Carter wasn’t a hell of a hockey player. I think we all know he’s a hell of a hockey player and one of the best goalscorers in the league. That being said, as uncledick noted, he wasn’t getting and wasn’t going to get it done in Philly and in the long term it’s a good thing for the Philadelphia franchise that he was moved for the assets they got in return.

      • ericcoyle15 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        jeff carter is one great hockey player when it comes to offense, but richards is by far the better athlete his leadership role on and off the ice dont even compare to what kind of leader carter was (in a bad way), i was always for trading carter and richards they were not going to get it done in philly just like bob was never going to thrive in philly, people always say well carter and richards have a cup ya richards has a cup because of the flyers, carter has a cup because of the blue jackets and look at the team the kings had, with those trades the flyers got younger, faster, and more hockey mature with those trades, it was a very smart hockey trade and people need to stop crawling up homers ass about it

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Well said my friend. There may be a couple of boos but I don’t think most fans really have any ill-will towards Carter. I feel that most people are excited about the young core that has untapped potential. On a side note, it is interesting to see Richards’ game regress. I hope there isn’t anything wrong with him. He was one of my favorite Flyers of all time.

  2. capspats - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Did he ask for a trade when he was with Philly? If not, he didn’t leave as a free agent, so I don’t see why he would get booed

    • biasedhomer - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      He will likely get booed. Carter was one of the most irritating players to the fans when he played for the Flyers (the type of player that is amazingly talented, but also makes you want to pull out your hair from time to time).

      And not many fans were too excited about Homer giving Carter an 11 year deal (unlike the Mike Richards deal that most Flyers fans loved).

  3. statsdolie - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    The problem fans had with Carter was a lack of consistent effort combined with a ton of partying. Needless to say when he and the team didn’t perform up to par fans were salty

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Philadelphia Flyers
      2008 – 2009 playoffs – lost in quarter finals (46 goals*, 84 points)
      2009 – 2010 playoffs – lost in finals (33 goals, 61 points)
      2010 – 2011 playoffs – lost in semifinals (36 goals, 66 points)

      *2nd in the NHL

      Yeah, I can see where he (and the team) didn’t perform up to par. And, “a ton of partying,” huh? I had no idea the fans in Philadelphia were so puritanical.

      LA Kings’ fans everywhere thank the Flyers for Carter and Richards. Oh, and for the Stanley Cup!

      • deathbat20 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Flyers didn’t trade you Carter, that would be the Blue Jackets, and Simmonds and Schenn are doing pretty damn good in Philly so I’m sure the Flyers would like to thank the Kings for two stud, young player that continue to grow and improve

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Of course I know that Carter came to the Kings by way of Columbus. So, let me amend my original remark:

        “LA Kings’ fans everywhere thank the Flyers for Carter (by way of the CBJ) and Richards. Oh, and for the Stanley Cup!”

        Happy now?

        P.S. You’re welcome.

      • mcphillthy - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Don’t take this guy serious. Pat mccock said bryz was a great goalie not too long ago. His words are like farts in the wind…

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        “Pat said bryz was a great goalie not too long ago.”

        Not true, mcfilthy. Our disagreement began when you made a joke about Bryz being hurt and I called you on it. In case you forgot:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/01/video-bryzgalov-leaves-game-after-collision/#comments

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        In 46 playoff games with the FLYERS he had 7 goals

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        In 46 playoff games with the orange and black he had 7 goals

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        In 46 playoff games in Philly he had 7 goals

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        In 46 playoff games with the Philadelphia Flyers he had 7 goals

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        In a little over half a season in playoff games (46) he had 7 goals

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        In 46 games that mattered in Philly he had 7 goals thats 1 goal for every 6.5 games

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        In 46 playoff games with the flyers he scored a goal in 7 of them where was he the other 39 playoff games ?

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Anyone want to tell elmer we heard him the first 6 times?

    • yougotgirouxed - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      You wouldn’t be able to see why he would get booed because you aren’t a Philly fan.

      Carter had all the talent but played scared when it mattered most. In the years before and in the cup in 2010, and then getting stomped by Boston in 2011, Carter was a compete no show. In Philly you need to show up in the playoffs toget the respect. Regular season doesn’t matter. That is why you are a Caps fan that loves Ovechkin’s overrated a$$

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I wonder if him and Richards will visit Hartnells wife,

    • wicky888 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Ex-wife

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      That’s cold. Scott Hartnell is a genuinely nice guy off the ice. I met him once in Old City and despite being in a hurry he took a few minutes to have a sincere conversation and sign some things for me. Total class act. Not only did Carter divide the locker room with that bs, it was a scummy thing for any human being to do… especially to a friend/close teammate.

  5. blomfeld - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    TIME TO SWAT SOME FLIES !

    Even though I’ve often equated the Flyers with organized crime, on this score all one can say to them is ‘thank you, thank you very much’ … much like the way Elvis used to thank his audiences after a performance ! :) Anyway, the door is now ‘wide open’ for us Kings to push ahead and take top spot in the WC, so a good ol’ fashioned whopping of the Philadelphia Flies would do very nicely at this juncture !

    GO CARTER !!!

    GO SWATTING OF THE PHILADELPHIA FLIES !!!!!!!

    • courtjester1234 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      You mean the LA Queefs

  6. luvusa1 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    blomfiel: you sound like a five year old and a bandwagoner that never followed the Kings until they won the Cup so shut up with your stupidity.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      thats all Blomfeld is a front running old bitter lonely hag from calgary that hopped on the kings wagon

  7. jucam1 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Jesus Blomfeld, get out of your Mom’s basement every once and a while and interact with the human race. As a Flyers fan I am fine with the trades that we made to get Carter and Richards off the team. I’m happy for the Kings, especially since they were an afterthought for years after Gretzky. But as mentioned above, the Flyers as were constructed would not have won the cup with those two guys, the Kings had a good team without them, and they put that team over the top. That is not what the Flyers had at the time. Our return for those guys is part of the core of this current team. If Pronger hadn’t lost his career to tragic concussions we would have been a serious cup contender since that trade. Either way, it’s gonna be a great game tonight, and the Flyers are gonna be a tough out in the playoffs if they continue to play like they are world beaters.

  8. puckmepuckyou - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Carter had little to no two way play. Can not deny his abilities to be a sniper but when he missed he wouldn’t chase the puck. As far as the party rumors what do you expect from a bunch of twenty something year old millionaires? Lighten up. That was a story in the papers. They kicked ass. Still miss Richie tho. A true warrior who belonged in orange and black.

    • blackheart78 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Richards and Carter were scapegoated unfairly. Yes they partied hard, but it’s not like they were the only players in the NHL or other sports who did that. I have heard and read comments from Flyers fans who were happy to see them traded solely because they partied too hard. Seriously folks? Broad Street Bullies were known for their drinking, and don’t even get me started about Eric Lindros. Even if 5% of the stories I have heard about him are true it makes Carter and Richards look straight edge.

  9. blackheart78 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Kings fans get over it. J. Quick had quite possibly the best goalie performance of any goaltender ever in the Stanley Cup playoffs. During that run he could’ve stopped an asteroid. Sure Richards, and Carter (who btw for the 1156th time was traded by Columbus to the Kings not the Flyers) chipped in in that run but for anyone to say they were the reason the Kings won the cup that year are drinking big cups of DUMB.
    Mike Richards was a solid player. Jeff Carter was also a good player, but he is the guy who scores a goal when your team is up 5-1. Still I believe you take Carter and Richards off the Kings during that cup run they would still have won the cup. Can’t say it enuff, J Quick was amazing.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      “Still I believe you take Carter and Richards off the Kings during that cup run they would still have won the cup.”

      You keep believing that if it makes you feel good. (speaking of DUMB)

      GKG!!!

      • blackheart78 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Your right without Jeff Carter, and Mike Richards the Kings would not have won the cup. Forget the Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smyth trophy.

  10. qauzaq - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    The trades worked out for everyone, except for maybe the Blue Jackets. Flyers got a slew of young great players for their rebuild(reload?), Kings got the veterans needed for a cup.

  11. easez1 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    There is nothing funnier than Philly fans who keep saying ‘those two guys were not going to get it done here’, meaning Richie and Carts….whaaat?…. get over it and appreciate the depth in young talent you got in return, which by the way is carrying your team now.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Your comment seems misinformed… we Flyers fans are very, very pleased with the return we got in those trades and idk where you’ve seen otherwise.

  12. mcphillthy - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    People still bring up the Richie and carter trades? Didn’t Richie just get moved to the fourth line? It really sucks to have Simmonds and schenn instead of Richie, huh?! Lol.
    The trolls from across the US have run out of relevant insults for the flyers. Carter is a pansy. I LOVED that he got shipped out for couturier and voracek. Way to go homer! Simmonds and schenn are above and beyond what Richie was worth…. Yes LA won a cup with them. Congrats. But those guys had contracts that would have strapped this team for a decade. I like this team much better than the old team.
    And I compliment Holmgren for putting this team together and a big thank you to Craig berube for getting these guys on the same page.

  13. courtjester1234 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    When we here say they wouldn’t get it done, it’s because of the more than suspect goaltending we had. In all sports the team that plays better D will win. And in hockey you have to have a better than average goalie to go with a better than average defense… A concept that the LA Queefs fan can’t conceivably understand. Beside we all know what “great “fans they have there in LA… D bags

  14. muckleflugga - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    joey4id

    great stat on carter versus his holiness … i did not know that

    i would temper your enthusiasm on carter’s hat trick … it coming against austria with the puck basically falling at his feet on each try … he could have had two or three more troot b tolled

    and i did not no about the trick turned by hartnell’s wife … apparently … players fishing in the same pool … get the penicillin

    this game will be the measure from which flyers rate this season’s turn around … feeding penguins their lunch was likely satisfying but they’re hardly top-shelf when it comes to the hurly burly …

    the pittsburgh pylons lmao

    • joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      so… he wasn’t added to TC solely for his offense. you think babcock wanted players who were a liability on d… he’s a complete player…

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        What’s it like being scum, blomfeld?

      • joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        That’s something you outta know.

        Joey a.k.a joey4id

  15. flyboystransport - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Guess nobody ever heard of the dry island situation or how during the cup run laviollette had to lock them in hotel rooms to get them in bed early? Both were very good players in philly but were supposed to be the cornerstones of the franchise. Richards openly complained about being the captain. They both deserve booing because this city did nothing but support them.

  16. thedangletheembarrassment - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    oh boy…the timmy “I know-a-ting a botta drink” panaccio drivel-drama lives onnnnnnnn….
    I, for one, think a lot of people read WAY to into that….nobody can HONESTY say they were there and knew what was going on…

    -stop believing these media people who get PAID to write a story, even when there is no story to write.

    • flyboystransport - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      They were at the Carlton ritz by the philly intl airport…I was there for a wedding reception one of those days. 2nd one of my friends works for the equipment manager and worked in the visiting locker room and heard all the visiting players talking about it

      • thedangletheembarrassment - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        and i’m simon gagne on sabbatical

  17. Hockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Does it ever cross flyers fans minds how many players went THRU the flyers organization only to do VERY wellwith another team?? Like carter like Richards?

  18. rkeister - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Simmonds and voracek alone have more points than Richards and carter since the trade. Simmonds is #1 in the league in points per TOI. Not to mention couturier and Schenn. A steal for the flyers

  19. President Charles Logan - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    When the Flyers at least reach the SC Finals with Simmonds, Voracek and Coots then we can start talking about it being an even trade or even a trade that may possibly have worked out better for Philly. …..

    Until then you’re going to get the usual he said she said whoever said drivel on here …. bottom line os those 2 young men still have a Ring and may every possibly be headed for another one .

    I’d love to see a LA-Philly SC Final we’d have a blast on here . but my guts tell me Boston’s going to be too hard to beat . One thing I do know , is Pittsburgh arent making it very far playing as soft as they are lately.

  20. muckleflugga - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    joey4id

    babcock was only part of a committee choosing team canada so it was not his call exclusively … i’m willing to bet coach-ability and buy-in were the first consideration in player choice for sir mike

    babcock could have coached oilers and penguins into a couple of cup appearances by now but his ilk are rare

    i really didn’t give jeff carter or olympics team selections much thought beyond finding fodder for taking swipes at teams canada and usa … this in counter to the glut of flag-waving media hype

    it was enjoyable hockey but they should really bring the blue lines out … the jobbing russia took on the potential winning goal versus the usa ruined the tournament … no russia no excitement

    canada stayed away from goon hockey so i appreciated their win … it’s amazing how good coaching neutralizes selfish play and brings media superstars back to the pack

    as for jeff carter … i give him little thought until playoffs when i play sports book hard

    kings may have gotten a boost for a cup appearance when kane went down … if he’s back and healthy hawks are in for a walk

    short of wings and their attacking and relentless skating, no one in the nhl competes with hawks when they’re feeling it

    • joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Selection by committee but final say to be in the lineup and ice time is coaches say.

  21. kastout11 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    It’s not a big deal. He did sign elsewhere as a free agent, he was traded. I agree that he did not come up as big as he should have in big games, but he can put the puck in the net, and he did it a lot for Philly. I think the Captain coming back is a bigger deal, even though he also was traded, did not leave via free agency. I think the Flyers received quality young players in exchange for Carter and Richards, and good for them, they won a cup. Bryzy was supposed to be the savior and goaltending was the reason Philly did not win the Stanley Cup. It was not possible to keep both guys contracts and afford a top flight goaltender, so at least one had to go, but as it turned out Homer traded both away. Either way, I think both teams benefitted from the trades, and no matter if you like the Flyers or not, they are looking like one of the favorites to represent the East in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Aside from maybe Boston, nobody is playing better then Philly.

  22. antmel30 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Guys the bottom line is the trade worked out for everyone. If they were still on flyers Richards and carter would still not have ring. If the kings didn’t get them the year they won cup it’s possible kings might have still one a cup. Both Richards and carter couldn’t get past Pitt in the playoffs. The year we did go to cup finals pitt was knocked out early so we didn’t face them. We would be no closer today with them to a cup. So if we had them this year we don’t have Schenn couts Simmons or vorachek. That’s about 70 goals out the window replaced by 30 by Richards and carter. The kings got their cup and so did they but bottom line is if flyers still had these guys we would be farther from the cup than closer. These guys have enormous contracts with many years. The flyers got what they wanted. To me carter and Richards are and were tradeable. You guys are acting like we gave up malkin and Crosby or toews and Kane. They are difference makers and cannot be replaced. So yes as a fan I support and like direction flyers are going. Plus the kings won a cup because of defense and goaltending.

  23. Professor Fate - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    While the Kings were eliminating the top three seeds in the West on their way to the Cup all I read on here from Flyers’ fans was that irritating “Flyers West” crap while claiming L.A. would have gone nowhere without Richards and Carter, along with many questioning what Philly got in return. The tune sure has changed since then.

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