The Blue Jackets were delighted to unload the lengthy contract of center Jeff Carter yesterday, and general manager Scott Howson — under pressure to reshape the roster after a horrendous season — was doubly thrilled with the return.

Carter was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick, shipping out a player who never seemed happy in Columbus for one who said he can't wait to get to town.

"I'm excited by this," Johnson said. "I'm excited to go to a team that wants me, and to play in a great sports city.

"I want to be part of the solution there. I know they've had some bad breaks and some tough seasons, but it's going to be great when it turns around. Really, I don't think there's anything sweeter in sports than being part of a team when they get it turned around."