Just a few questions for all of the learned readers and writers of The Cannon.
Just finished reading Andy Newman's post, "2012 NHL Trade Deadline: Rick Nash's Trade Value" and one line jumped out at me: "This isn't a Jeff Carter situation, where the team wants to cut their losses and get some value while they can."
Why are the Jackets looking to dump Carter? Is it because of his performance this season? He has been injured a bit. Maybe a full season would make a difference.
Is it because he didn't gel with Nash? Move him to another line.
Is it because he is pushing to leave? Both Carter and his agent deny he wants out of Columbus. (I know--players and agents lie all of the time)
Is it because the Jackets are hoping to get something better by trading Carter? I think Carter is (and can be) very good--for us or anyone else.
I realize these answers of mine are probably oversimplification, and I may have missed the reasons discussed elsewhere (apologies) but I am curious why it seems like Carter HAS to go.
Bottom line: The talk around is that the Jackets are looking to clean house and get players that they can build around. Isn't Jeff Carter just like the type of player the CBJ should be building around?