There may have been feelings of shock, anger and resentment when Jeff Carter discovered he had been traded by the Flyers to the Blue Jackets last week. But that was last week. "I'm in Columbus now," Carter said. "I'm not worried about what's going on (in Philadelphia) anymore." It may take some time for everyone to believe the high-scoring center is over being traded suddenly to Columbus. But, on the surface at least, he's putting on a good face. In Monday's conference call with Ohio reporters, Carter began to move forward with his new club, and, in particular, his new linemate Rick Nash. "Anytime you can get a chance to play with Rick, it puts a smile on your face," Carter said. "I'm excited to get out there and see what we can do together. A lot of people have been keying on him, and it's not easy to do things by yourself. I'm looking forward to helping him out and helping the team out." Both could use it. Nash, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound forward, has been the centerpiece of the Blue Jackets' existence, and for the most part, he has lived up to the billing that comes with being a No. 1 overall pick. Selected in 2002, Nash has scored 30 or more goals six times, but he has only led Columbus to the postseason once. The hope is that Carter can help change that. "The last eight or nine years, he's been the real focal point," Carter said of Nash. "I'm excited about really letting him develop into a better player than he is now." The Blue Jackets and Flyers made a huge offseason splash last Thursday, when they finalized a long-rumored deal that sent forward Jakub Voracek and two draft picks to Philadelphia for Carter, who scored 36 goals and was a plus-27 last year for the Atlantic Division champions. The Flyers needed to create salary-cap room for new goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, and despite the fact that Carter had been mentioned in trade rumors, and seemed a logical trim off the payroll, the deal still stunned many in and around the organization, including Carter. After all, Carter, 26, helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 and seemed like part of a nucleus that could again contend for a title. He was a 2003 first-round pick and had scored at least 30 goals in each of the last three seasons for Philadelphia.
Ex-Flyer Carter adjusts to trade
Courier-Post | Jun 28