By Patrick Powell (@Gordsie)
On June 23 of last year, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in a blockbuster deal. The plan was for Carter and Blue Jacketsâ€™ captain, Rick Nash, to make each other better.
49 games into the season, the Blue Jackets hold the dubious distinction for least points (32) in the NHL.
Carterâ€™s feet have failed him again, causing him to miss 19 games, but he and Nash have been unable to get in sync through 30 games. His 17 total points project to a career-low 35 over the rest of the season. In addition, Carter is operating at a minus-9. He has recorded but one minus season in his NHL career (minus-17 in 2006-2007).
As for the man that Blue Jacketsâ€™ management brought him in to assist, Rick Nash is on pace for career lows in goals and points since his rookie campaign. Currently, he has 17 goals and 33 points while operating at a minus-21.
Clearly, the plan is failing in Columbus. Head Coach Scott Arniel has alre...