Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/24/12
The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t seem to care that the trade deadline is on Monday. In the past two days they’ve traded away two of their top six most expensive contracts. News broke Thursday night that Jeff Carter was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick, while Antoine Vermette was shipped to Phoenix the previous day. In the Carter trade Los Angeles gets what it desperately needs, a forward who can score goals. The Kings sit last in the NHL in scoring and are clinging to the final playoff spot in the West. Carter has scored more than 30 goals in his previous three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, including a 46-goal campaign in 2008-09. He has struggled in Columbus this season and has had two separate injuries, a broken foot, and a separated shoulder. Despite these troubles, he has 15 goals and 10 assists in 39 games this season. A major benefit for L.A is the instant chemistry he’ll have with former teammate Mike Richardson ...
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