Is the title too over dramatic? It IS after all a guy traded to the Kings that can score goals. I guess the difference is when Gretzky was traded to the Kings, he was crying tears of sadness at leaving the city he had won championships, set records, and made lifelong friendships with. If Carter cried, it would clearly be tears of joy. Even though he denied requesting a trade earlier this season, he clearly wanted out of Columbus. Let’s not forget he signed an 11-year contract with the Flyers then was quickly sent to one of the worst teams in hockey. Would you be happy?

When his career is all said and done, you will be hard pressed to find anyone who picks Columbus when Jeff Carter is brought up while playing the Jersey Game (If you don’t know what the Jersey game is, it can be broken down like this: 1) close eyes 2) say players name 3) quickly say the first jersey you picture him in 4) watch guys get angry and offended at other peoples answers) .

Lets break down the “legacy” that is Jeff Carter’s stay in Columbus:

245: Number of Days that Carter was officially a Blue Jacket.

43%: Percentage of those days that was technically the offseason.

39: Number of games in a Blue Jackets uniform.

21: Number of games he missed because of injury since being traded to Columbus (35% of the season).

15: Number of goals he scored in a Blue Jackets uniform.

$292,682.92: Amount the Blue Jackets paid Carter for each goal he scored this year.

6%- Percentage of his contract he will have spent with Columbus (provided he doesn’t go back in the next 10 years).

10: Assists he had this season.

-11: Carter’s plus/minus as a Blue Jacket (he has only finished one season with a minus, back in 2006-07).

1: Game winning goals with Columbus.

6: Average number of GWG per season before being traded to Columbus.

18%: Percentage of Columbus Goals that Carter had a hand in.

26%: Percentage of Philadelphia Goals that Carter had a hand in the last 4 years.

I wonder if they will retire his number when he hangs them up???

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Let’s head to the links

It seems as though a LOT of people are questioning Scott Howson right about now. (Pro hockey Talk)

Score Nation not only talks about Carter and Richards being back together again, he breaks out some Peaches and herb

I’m still angry about this and I don’t want to talk about it yet. So I will let Winging it in Motown do that for me

Don’t think a deadline deal can lead to a Cup that season? Puck Daddy has 7 examples.

Twitter will be going nuts on deadline day, but please follow these rules Dirty Dangle have outlined

Katie Baker of Grantland talks Caps, Coyotes and the week that was in the NHL.

Brad Marchand had some, lets call them”interesting” words about the city of Buffalo (Days of Y’Orr)

This seems like old news now, but in case you missed it, Jonathan Toews was in a car accident (Chicago Tribune)

The Southeast is just AWFUL! (Winnipeg Whiteout)

Deadline day is this Monday, make sure you bookmark the Score’s Trade tracker to help you keep up

Once again, I’m not ready to talk about this yet

Comments (3)

  1. Pizzo,

    I think the streak ending is good. You can’t go too long on a streak because it will eventually be broken. That’s often when a team hits a little bit of a funk. I could see the Wings taking 10 games to get out of a funk that sees them go 3-6-1 or something along those lines.

    The point being, when would you rather that happen? I think they are doing it at the right time. They need to be ready for the playoffs and their slump should be over by mid-March at the latest, leaving 3 weeks or so to get rolling again.

    As for Carter being traded. How does this solve LA’s problem that Darryl Sutter is their coach? I’m going to steal a point my buddy made in conversation last night: you thought Carter and Richards were party animals before when they lived in Philly? What is going to happen now that they are in LA?

    In all reality, Carter is a pretty good goal-scorer but I wonder if that solves LA’s problems or just adds to them.

    Does anyone else feel that Columbus won this trade handily? Jack Johnson AND a 1st round pick?

    Jack Johnson is a 3/4 defenceman who has 1/2 potential. Carter is a top line player when he has someone to feed him the puck and create space. I would have thought a straight up trade would have been sufficient.

  2. the Jackets are like the pit stop for any NHler you stay for a bit but eventually you grow tired and want to leave

  3. Pizzo, I think if you let ‘Winging it in Motown’ do your explaining for you, you won’t be doing yourself any favors.

    Funny how Mike Babcock had praise and respect for the game the Canucks played and said that they played ‘better hockey longer than we did and ultimately deserved to win’….a bit of a departure from whoever wrote that blog whining about the Canucks ‘diving’ and ‘embellishing’.

    Your coach admitted that his team needed to play better to get a win against a highly motivated and equally matched squad, which I suppose it what makes him a Stanley Cup and Gold Medal winner, and that blog writer well…just some blogger.

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