Philadelphia center is top trade target for Howson

The Blue Jackets aren’t waiting for the NHL entry draft this month to start work on what they hope will be a summer of blockbuster deals.

Multiple NHL sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have discussed a trade that would send Flyers center Jeff Carter, an All-Star in 2009, to Columbus for a top-six forward and the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft. That top-six forward, presumably, is 21-year-old Blue Jackets winger Jake Voracek, a restricted free agent.

Though it could occur sooner, it’s likely such a trade wouldn’t be completed until the first round of the entry draft is held on June 24 in St. Paul, Minn.

But the likelihood of the deal took a sizable step forward on Tuesday, when the Flyers acquired the rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from Phoenix.

Bryzgalov is looking for a five-year contract in the area of $6million per season, according to reports in Philadelphia, a figure that would put the Flyers well over the NHL’s projected salary cap.

Carter is signed for the next 11 seasons with a $5.27million annual cap hit, according to Unlike many of the Flyers top players, he does not have a no-trade clause.

The term of Carter’s contract – he’s signed through 2020-21 – is a bit risky, but the Blue Jackets have reached a point where bold moves are needed. Attendance plummeted last season by more than 2,000 fans per game as they missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

3 Responses to Philadelphia center is top trade target for Howson

  1. KingCanada says:

    Nash + Jeff Carter as his center wow that could be very dangerous!  You factor in Huselius, Vermette, Umberger and a healthy Brassard and they have a great top 6.  Altho they still need a decent defence and a strong year from Steve Mason to stay competitive.

  2. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Elven years in Columbus for Carter, that poor bastard.

  3. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    See below – here is why sometimes Leafs fans take things to a point where guys who aren't Leafs fans want to bang their heads on the floor hearing them speak.

    I suppose the 1rst rounder would be attractive to the Flyers, but I think they would like to get more proven players than Voracek. The Leafs could give them more! For instance the Leafs could offer Gunnarsson, D'Amigo, etc. I also think Carter would be a better fit in Toronto.
    Last time I looked the Flyers didn't need D-men….also Voracek is a 50 point NHL player – D'Amigo is as of right now an OHLer…which one would you rather have on your roster?

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