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09-14-2012, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Jtown View Post
Carter gets such a bad rap from what happened to CBJ and i never understood why.
Because you did not see how he conducted himself here. We know what a player with a long, effortless stride looks like - Rick Nash has up 'till quite recently played his entire career here.

Suggesting otherwise is borderline insulting; it's as good as saying that we lowly peons in Columbus don't know what lazy play looks like. We've seen this suggestion from Philly fans before - he's low key, he has a long stride that looks effortless, he's been falsely accused before, so clearly these Jackets fans don't know what they're talking about. Comments about his being regularly on a line with Nash are one of the easy warning signs - we tried having them on separate lines several times when things weren't quite "clicking" early on.

He wasn't supposed to be a cancer. He wasn't supposed to be a diva. We never thought that possible. We were prepared to assume the best of him - and in the early going, did so in spite of what we were seeing because we needed any kind of hope we could get. But he inarguably turned into both those things while he was here.

If you want to press the point, feel free, but please do one thing first: Watch how he played. Don't assume. Don't presume. Don't go by what you've known of him before. We know he's been falsely accused in the past, but we're really earnestly, deadly serious. Watch how the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey player wearing the "Carter" #7 sweater played hockey on a game-to-game basis. Every once in a while you'll recognize Jeff. Most of the time you may find yourself wondering who this guy is wearing #7 and pretending to be Jeff Carter.

But it's him. It really is him.

Watch, and you will understand.

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