The First Jeff Carter Commerce Revisited

From Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Jeff Carter’s had a quietly profitable profession on the NHL degree.

He broke into the league on the age of 21 with the Philadelphia Flyers who drafted him eleventh total within the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Carter spent six seasons with the Flyers following his debut season scoring 181 objectives and 343 factors in 461 common season video games.

His Flyers went to the playoffs 5 instances in his six years – with Carter contributing 21 factors in 47 postseason video games with the orange, black and white.

However following the 2010-11 season, the Flyers shipped a 26-year-old Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets through the 2011 offseason – a transfer that will final lengthy for Carter.

Columbus’ Conundrum

On June 23, 2011, the Flyers and Jackets finalized a deal that noticed Carter head to Columbus. In return, the Flyers acquired a package deal that included Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first-round decide (Sean Couturier at eighth total) and a 2011 third-round decide (Nick Cousins at 68th total).

Going to Columbus Going to Philadelphia
F Jeff Carter F Jakub Voracek
  2011 1st-round decide
(#8 – Sean Couturier)
  2011 Third-round decide
(#68 – Nick Cousins)

On the time, Voracek was simply 21 and had simply completed his third season with the Blue Jackets. In his first three years, he notched 134 factors (39 objectives and 95 assists) in 241 common season video games.

Whereas the Jackets believed they have been getting themselves a possible top-line heart in Carter, what they didn’t know was that their latest acquisition wouldn’t actually discover his method in Columbus. Carter struggled all through the season with accidents and simply didn’t seem to be he match with the group – a small blemish on an in any other case profitable profession.

Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Carter, former Los Angeles King (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He performed simply 39 video games with the Jackets scoring 15 objectives and 25 factors earlier than he was shipped out as soon as once more to the Los Angeles Kings (a commerce we’ll focus on in a future piece).

The Flying V Amongst Three

The Flyers got here out with a wholesome assortment of latest gamers in dealing away Carter – who scored 46 objectives for them on his approach to 84 factors in 2008-09 as a 24-year-old.

On the time, they acquired a 22-year-old Voracek who has developed into fairly an offensive participant. In 10 seasons with the Flyers for the reason that commerce, Voracek had 604 factors (177 objectives and 427 assists) in 727 common season video games to go together with 27 factors (9 objectives and 18 assists) in 45 postseason video games with the membership.

The Flyers dealt him again to the Blue Jackets through the 2021 offseason.

Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers, NHL
Jakub Voracek (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Together with Voracek, the Flyers additionally acquired a first-round which they used to draft Couturier and a third-round decide used to draft Nick Cousins (each in 2011).

Whereas Couturier has taken on the function of a extra defensive-minded heart, the 27-year-old nonetheless ranked sixth amongst Flyers in scoring in 2016-17. His contract doesn’t expire till the top of the 2022-23 season and based mostly on his offensive manufacturing over the previous few seasons, his function on this membership is protected.

Over 9 seasons with the Flyers, Couturier has 460 factors (180 objectives and 280 assists) in 721 common season video games to go together with 22 factors in 39 postseason video games.

As for the ultimate piece the Flyers acquired within the commerce – Cousins – remained a Flyer up till the 2017 offseason. Cousins performed elements of three seasons with the Flyers racking up 27 factors (12 objectives and 15 assists) in 107 common season video games. However on June 16, 2017, the Flyers traded the 24-year-old together with Merrick Madsen to the Arizona Coyotes in alternate for 20-year-old Brendan Warren and a 2018 fifth-round decide.

Going to Arizona Going to Philadelphia
F Nick Cousins F Brendan Warren
 G Merrick Madsen 2018 Fifth-round decide

Jackets or Flyers: Who Gained?

From this commerce alone, the clear winner was the Flyers. They acquired three items for a man that performed lower than half a season with the Blue Jackets. That’s to not say that Carter wasn’t a fantastic piece going the opposite method – however the Blue Jackets positively didn’t get their cash’s price when it got here to the large heart.

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On the opposite facet, except for Cousins being traded, the Flyers nonetheless have Couturier and Voracek on their roster and get manufacturing from each of them. Whereas Couturier’s isn’t all the time offensive, NHL golf equipment do want function gamers and that’s precisely how the younger ahead suits in.

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers, Fantasy Hockey
Sean Couturier has realized to play a selected function with the Flyers. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

In return for Cousins, the Flyers acquired a younger prospect and a fifth-round decide in 2018. It is going to take time to see simply how properly these two items issue into the Flyers lineup.

Whereas the Flyers remained comparatively unscathed following this transfer, the Jackets finally moved Carter for Jack Johnson and a decide. The second Carter commerce (which, once more, we’ll speak about in a future piece) made the Flyers-Jackets commerce a a lot nearer one when it comes to worth. Nonetheless, it’s arduous to not suppose that the Flyers got here out on the successful facet after they traded away Carter.