Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jeff Carter Traded to Kings for Jack Johnson

Columbus Blue Jackets Centre Jeff Carter
Just earlier tonight, a major trade was made between the Los Angeles King and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus' centre Jeff Carter made his way to LA in return for defenceman Jack Johnson and a first round pick in 2012 or 2013.

The Kings are hoping that their latest edition to the team will not only supply some offence, but also help them secure a playoff position. The Kings have only scored 129 goals this season, but are still hanging on to that eighth playoff position in the West. Carter has scored 14 goals and 25 points in 39 games so far this season, missing 20 due to a separated shoulder and broken foot.

On the other side of the deal, the Blue Jackets find themselves with veteran defenceman Jack Johnson, who moves to Columbus after being with the Kings for six years; ever since the 2006-07 season. Johnson has 8 goals and 24 points in 61 games so far this year with the Kings.

The Blue jackets also received a first round pick in either 2012 or 2013. It appears as though they are looking to rebuild for the future, seeing as how they won't be competing in the playoffs this year. They also wanted a first round pick in exchange for Rick Nash, as well as a goalie and first line defenceman.

So after this big deal, do you still think that Rick Nash will be gone before the trade deadline?


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