COLUMBUS- Today, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Center Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for winger Jakub Voracek and 2011 1st and 3rd round picks, eighth and 68th overall in 2011, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.
In discussions for weeks, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to clear necessary cap space in order to sign recently acquired and soon to be UFA goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Today it became a reality, as Jeff Carter can officially call the Arena District his new home.
“The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased and excited to acquire Jeff Carter. Jeff is a proven number one center in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him having many productive seasons as a Blue Jacket,” General Manager Scott Howson said.
Carter, 26, has 11 years remaining on his contract that has an annual cap hit of 5.272 million. The London, Ontario Native has played in 461 games in the National HockeyLeague, all with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has collected 181 goals and 162 assists.
The 21 year old Voracek played in 241 games, all with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kladno, Czech native scored 39 times in his Blue Jackets career and added 95 helpers. Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2007 NHL entry Draft, Voracek signed a three year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets in 2007.
General Manager Scott Howson recently made it be known of his intention to make a splash to bring in much needed scoring depth to play with Captain Rick Nash. Today, Howson was able to do just that.
More details to follow.