Originally written on Tonight's Healthy Scratches  |  Last updated 11/3/14

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 21: Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Florida Panthers on December 21, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Panthers defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A prominent Blue Jackets forward now has a new home, but it may not be the one you thought. Thursday night, Columbus general manager Scott Howson dealt Jeff Carter to Los Angeles in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round pick.

While Rick Nash had dominated most of the trade rumors throughout the week, it ended up being Carter who was traded. Though the price for Nash was far greater than just Johnson and an early draft choice, Dean Lombardi chose to address his team's scoring issues by reuniting Carter, a former-40 goal scorer, with his old pal Mike Richards.

Carter has battled through a number of injuries so far in 2011-12 that limited him to just 39 games with the Blue Jackets. He never quite clicked with Nash the way Columbus had hoped, and managed just 15 goals and 10 assists in his short tenure there.

Howson acquired Carter in July of 2011 for Jakub Voracek and a first- and third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. The Flyers used the first round pick to select Sean Couturier.

That was only one of two blockbuster trades the Flyers made that day, as they also sent Richards, Carter’s close friend and team captain, to the Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2012 second-round pick. The pair of old Flyers will be together again in Los Angeles, where they will be free to enjoy the nightlife as much as they always used to.

There is a stipulation involved with the pick Columbus will be getting this year. If the Kings make the playoffs, Columbus will have their choice of the Kings 2012 or 2013 first-round selection. However, if they are unable to crack the top eight in the Western Conference, they will surrender their 2012 pick.


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