Mike Richards was cheered, then booed when playing his first game against the Flyers last month at Wells Fargo Center.

Jeff Carter, the other Flyers star sent packing this past summer, will have a much quieter first return.

Now with Columbus, Carter will be in town with the 2-10-1 Blue Jackets for tonight's game against the Flyers, but he'll only be a spectator due to a broken right foot.

"I wish I was playing against them, but I'm not going to rush back and risk something just to play in Philadelphia," Carter, who has three assists in five games this season, told the Columbus Dispatch.

The Flyers won't miss seeing Carter on the ice.

"If they don't have one of their best players in the lineup, it's a plus for us," center Danny Briere said.

"I'm sure (the fans) would like to have the chance to maybe boo him at times like they did (Richards), and celebrate him for all his time here."