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But that was last week.
“I’m in Columbus now,” Carter said. “I’m not worried about what’s going on (in Philadelphia) anymore.”
Indeed it may take some time for everyone to believe the high-scoring center is over his sudden deal to Columbus. But, on the surface at least, he’s putting on a good face.
“Anytime you can get a chance to play with Rick, it puts a smile on your face,” Carter said. “I’m excited to get out there and see what we can do together. A lot of people have been keying on him, and it’s not easy to do things by yourself. I’m looking forward to helping him out, and helping the team out.”
Both could use it.
Nash, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound forward, has been the centerpiece of the Blue Jackets’ existence, and for the most part, has lived up to the billing that a No. 1 overall pick comes with. Selected in 2002, Nash has scored 30 or more goals six times, but has only led Columbus to the postseason once.
The hope is that Carter can help change that.
The Blue Jackets and Flyers made a huge offseason splash last Thursday, when they finalized a long-rumored deal that sent forward Jakub Voracek and two draft picks to Philadelphia for Carter, who scored 36 goals and was a plus-27 last year as the Flyers won the Atlantic Division.
The Flyers needed to make salary-cap room for new goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, and despite the fact that Carter had been mentioned in rumors, and seemed a logical trim off the payroll, the deal still stunned many in and around the organization, including Carter.
After all, Carter, 26, helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010, and seemed like part of a nucleus that could again contend for a title next season. He was a 2003 first-round pick and had scored at least 30 goals in each of the last three seasons for Philadelphia.
But the 6-3, 200-pound forward made it clear on Monday that he’s mostly interested in talking about his new team now.
“You look at the lineup now, we’ve got a lot of young players that are going to be really good,” he said. “It’s still a work in progress, but I think we can be pretty good.”
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