Columbus Blue Jackets Looking to Acquire Flyers Jeff Carter?

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson has been in long-term discussions with Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren since this past January. The target? Acquiring talented center Jeff Carter.

The Dispatch is also reporting that talks between the two GMs have intensified since the Flyers acquired the rights to former Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, as signing Bryzgalov will certainly command an asking price of $6 million/season.  And, for a cap-burgeoningteam like the Flyers, that leaves a noticeable asset that has to be moved in order to get under the NHL’s projected team salary cap.

While such a proposed trade might appear to be a ‘slam dunk’ move for one of the NHL’s moribund franchises, having only made one playoff appearance in their ten seasons of existence, making such a move would have even greater repercussions, as in the key to the Blue Jackets’ survival in Columbus.

By Ed Cmar

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NHL Trade Rumors Swirling, Especially in Columbus

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Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers”

And with the deadline looming, speculation arises with all the hockey pundits, including TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported that the Blue Jackets could be on the verge of a major deal in yesterday’s version of ‘The Dreger Report‘.

Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t speak publicly about trade negotiations and won’t comment on speculation a few of his key players may be in play. However, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (the 2009 NHL rookie of the year), young forward Jakub Voracek (selected seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) and 28-year-old defenseman Rusty Klesla – the Blue Jackets’ first ever draft pick (fourth overall in 2000) are believed to be drawing trade interest.

By Ed Cmar

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