I get it if he's not happy with the situation here, but anyone who's happy to be a part of a 3-13-2 team really needs to go. However, if true, I have no patience for the guy if he's not willing to bust his butt to be part of the solution. That goes for everybody in the organ-eye-zation.
If it does come to a trade, I'd hope it's done for maximum return, and frankly I'm hoping it won't be Howson making the move. He's the one who got Carter here, and if that turns out to be a huge mistake, I don't want him making the next deal.
The link for more information takes you to his blog, which states that he contacted Rick Curran, Carter's agent, who told him there had been no request for a trade.
I'll be happy to re-open if there is further evidence.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
Pretty simple, up front. Would the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-13-2) be off to a better start after 18 games, had the Jeff Carter trade never happened?
Early stat comparisons:
Jeff Carter: 8 GP, 0 G, 3 A, -3 rating, 6 PIMS, 29 shots, 20:06 ATOI
Jakub Voracek: 18 GP, 3 G, 10 A, +2 rating, 12 PIMS, 37 shots, 14:38 ATOI
Sean Couturier (8th overall pick - let's just say, for arguments sake, that we drafted him and he made the team): 18 GP, 5 G, 3 A, +9 rating, 2 PIMS, 27 shots, 13:06 ATOI
Had we hung on to Jakub Voracek, and used our 8th pick to select Sean Couturier, would these guys have such solid numbers at this point in the season? Would we be a better team with them both in the lineup?
For one, this is a terrible poll with loaded language after a simple yes or no. Regardless Carter has played 8 fricken games with this team I think anybody evaluating his effect on the team after only 8 games is a bit ridiculous.
There are plenty of other problems on this team other than Carter. Jake and Couturier wouldn't have changed that. Jake would have been usual Jake and slacked even more, and Sean probably wouldn't have made the team.
I can't decide whether Carter is part of the problem or part of the solution right now. However, if the subject were names like Mason, Vermette, Arniel, or even Pahlsson, the decision is far more clear cut.
The others are right about Jake. In Columbus, he's having the same kind of year he had last year.
1. Philla has his the first and the second center... Giroux and Briere... we do not have.
2. Voracek played with Read and Talbot now and Couturier is in the fourth line... it is great for his development but Couturier would play in juniors if we drafted him and Voracek with Brassard what is... ehmm... simply two playmakers are not good combination.
-- In an earlier post, we quoted Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson in denying a report via RDS that center Jeff Carter has requested a trade. Howson and Carter chatted briefly this morning in Nashville, and Howson said nothing has changed from his earlier statement. There was no trade request. Carter said Howson approached him only has a heads-up that the local media would be looking for him after practice. (Yep. They were.) Carter also vehemently denied the report, and he had more to say. That will be our main story in Saturday's editions of The Dispatch.
2) To merge that horrid "better off without" thread.
Carter played two games healthy before his injury because the others with flu. Than he injured. Than he came to the team who was not extra psychical... and impove our the first line but unfortunately Umberger plays there and he plays simply tragical the most of the time. Umby is good to two players as Brassard and Voracek in the last sseason or in the checking line but not to the first line... it is nice Arniel wants to use his chemistry with Carter but there were another times under another coach and especially another team with another style. Now not. Carter would be better with Nash and probably Atkinson or Kubalik. And maybe we could unjoin Nash and Carter and made the lines:
I begrudgingly accept the "country club theory" that has been floating around here for years, and I suspect it's relevant here. Call me cynical. I don't believe these are just two men desperate to turn this franchise around. I believe these are two men who know they can chlllax at work here and make a ton of money while doing so.