If Carter is really asking for a trade. Then he is essentially quitting on the Jackets when times are tough. Not a very encouraging reaction to his first time as the clearcut #1 center on a team. He could hide in Philly and let others work them out of a slump. But in Columbus he is the man at center. Is fighting through this horrible start and laying the groundwork for future success that overwhelming to him?
That should make one pause about acquiring him.
To be fair, Carter was very unhappy right after the trade to Columbus in the summer and took some time before speaking to the media about it. His slow start so far this season seems more due to the injuries he's sustained than anything to do with the context in Columbus. He's only played 9 games so far...
Originally Posted by joshjull
Before we get too far into this what are Columbus' needs? Knowing that would give us a rough idea what they might be looking for from the Sabres roster.
According to the HNIC and Dregehr reports, Columbus is looking for a goalie - either a proven starter to replace Mason or an equal to push him.
Originally Posted by Zip15
Well, look at what CBJ gave up for Carter:
1) Jakub Voracek: Former #7 pick in the 2007 draft, he averaged 45 pts in his first three seasons. He was 19, 20, and 21 in those seasons.
2) #8 pick in 2011 Draft: It turned into Couturier, but they had no way of knowing it at that time. Most Flyers fans were hoping to get Zibanejad or Dougie Hamilton at that pick.
3) #68 pick in 2011 Draft
So, what would we have to offer? On the one hand, Ennis is very comparable to Voracek both in terms of production and room for offensive growth. Also, Sekera is an established top-4 defenseman at this point, and he's signed to a reasonable deal, so it's possible that given Columbus's bevy of wingers, Sekera may hold more value to them than Ennis. Next, we won't have the #8 pick in this draft. More likely, we'll be in the 18-24 range. This, however, seems to be a far deeper draft. Finally, we could offer CGY's 2nd rounder (likely in the 38-42 range).
I think you have to look at the context of why the Flyers wanted to unload Carter in the first place before making comparisons to the package they got back: 1) they needed to free up cap space to afford Bryzgalov; and 2) they wanted to rework the culture of the team by dumping Carter and Richards. Most of the reports in the aftermath of those deals - especially the Carter one - questioned if Philly got enough for him. With their entire marketing plan going into the season focused on Nash + the two summer acquisitions of Carter/Wisniewski, I have a hard time envisioning the Bluejackets not asking for a franchise player in return for Carter.