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Apparently the Blue Jackets really want to move Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal

Columbus Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter (7) celebrates with teammate Vinny Prospal (22), of Czech Republic, after Carter scored his second goal of the game against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter earned a hat trick in the first period. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


If there’s one player to keep an eye on as the trade deadline approaches, it’s Columbus’ Jeff Carter. We’ve heard all about how he’s not loving life in Ohio and that when the Flyers traded him last offseason it really hurt him personally, thus hurting his trade value.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, however, it’s the Blue Jackets and GM Scott Howson that are really pushing hard to get him moved before the trade deadline.

He was traded from a perennial playoff contender to an organization that has never won a playoff game. This season has done nothing to instill confidence that the Blue Jackets are headed on the right path.

So the marriage is soon to end if the Blue Jackets can trade him. Oddly, though, it’s the Blue Jackets who seem most intent on the separation.

Portzline mentions that Los Angeles, Calgary, and possibly Toronto are teams interested in Carter with L.A. likely having to give up young goalie Jonathan Bernier and the Flames giving up Jay Bouwmeester among other pieces to make a deal possible.

Whether or not Columbus can get a deal done for Carter with his monstrous contract is another story entirely. Taking on a guy with over a $5 million cap hit until 2022 is a tough pill to swallow.