CS View: The Rumored CBJ/PHI Trade

Posted: June 10, 2011 by cujorulesdtown9 in Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Trade
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CS Hockey’s Blue Jackets writer Cujo, and Flyers writer Realdeal, discuss the rumored trade between their teams.

Jeff Carter and Jakub Voracek could switch teams this offseason if rumors prove true.

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.

  1. Mike says:

    Nice job, however as a Flyer fan i would love to make that deal. Ok we lose some REGULAR season production which i don’t thinks hurts as much as people think it would. Carter is just an ok player who does absolutely nothing come playoff time. To lose a shot at a legit goalie for 35 goals a year on 400+ shots im willing to part with Carter.

  2. Dan MacNeal says:

    Carter hasn’t played a healthy playoffs since 2008, when he had 11 pts in 17 games. Granted not AWESOME numbers, but remember, he broke out with 46 goals the next year. With Leino and Zherdev likely both gone, you’d lose almost 30% of your goal total from last year. And Bryzgalov is far from a sure thing. He looked awful (granted it was with a worse defense) against Detroit in the playoffs. Not saying I don’t want him, but is it worth losing your top goal scorer? I don’t know. Besides, there *are* other trade options.

  3. Dan MacNeal says:

    Guess I was wrong, huh?

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