CS Hockey’s Blue Jackets writer Cujo, and Flyers writer Realdeal, discuss the rumored trade between their teams.
Ah yes, the offseason, talk of the draft, free agent season, and with that come the trade rumors. This rumor we look at today involves the Philadelphia Flyers sending center Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for their first round pick in the 2011 draft (8th overall), and right winger Jakub Voracek .
This rumor has spread like wildfire the past few weeks, even with people such as Anthony San Filippo, a beat writer for the Flyers, saying members of the Flyers organization have denied a Carter to Columbus trade. But, if it did happen, what would it mean to the Blue Jackets, and the Flyers? And would it make sense for both teams?
From Cujo’s Perspective:
In my opinion, for the Blue Jackets, this trade would get them something they have always needed, a prime scoring center to play alongside captain Rick Nash. As for the 1st round pick, it seems as if Columbus has been trying to get rid of it the second they found out they were picking 8th. Columbus GM Scott Howson knows this team cannot afford to wait any longer, they need improvement, and they need it now, and this trade, would do that. It makes perfect sense for Columbus. The only issues are Carter’s contract length, and the depth hit at right wing for Columbus, but im sure this hasn’t been thought of by GM Scott Howson already, and he has a plan for more moves to fix any issue this potential trade would cause.
From Realdeal’s Perspective:
To me, a Carter trade doesn’t make sense. You have a team that is close to the Stanley Cup (went to the Finals last year) and they’d trade one of their core parts? That doesn’t make sense, regardless of making cap space to fit a goalie (Bryzgalov) in. Carter finished 7th in the league in goals last year(36), and goal scorers don’t grow on trees. Voracek would clear a couple million in salary, and fill the likely departed Ville Leino’s spot on a wing. Acquiring the #8 pick could help restock the bare farm system the Flyers have. But the team will be losing alot of goals from last year just to stay under the salary cap.
Rumors Run Wild:
As stated earlier, this is just a rumor, even being denied by some in the Flyers organization. This rumor seemed to pick up steam when picked up by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. There has even been rumors of multiplayer deals between the two teams, with names being thrown around like Carle, Leighton, heck, even Mason. But that is the beauty of these things, you can start a rumor involving anyone, and it can spread like a wildfire, but the trade may never happen. As for this rumor, I suppose the truth will come out at the NHL Draft, when this supposed trade is scheduled to go down. The guessing and speculating can end with the team announcing the 8th overall pick.