It’s pretty safe to say that Jeff Carter’s eight month stint in Columbus as a member of the Blue Jackets was a failure.
General Manager Scott Howson traded for Carter last summer in the hopes that he would help Rick Nash become unstoppable. But all he did was moan and complain until Howson finally traded him to the Los Angeles Kings, just weeks leading up to the deadline. What really sucks is the fact that all of those Columbus fans who went out and bought number seven jerseys are now stuck with them.
But wait just a second Blue Jacket fans. Don’t get rid of those sweaters just yet!
The Blue Jackets organization realizes it was a bad break up and wants to make things right for their fans. On Thursday when Columbus takes on Carter’s new team, fans can bring their Carter jersey to Nationwide Arena and they’ll change the nameplate to that of Jack Johnson – who was acquired for Carter – for free.
Carter appeared in just 39 games for the Blue Jackets, battling a leg injury along the way. He had 15 goals and 10 assists before making his way to Hollywood where he was reunited with former Philadelphia Flyers captain and teammate Mike Richards. Carter has had somewhat of a slow start for the Kings, scoring just two goals in five games. He’s still looking for his first assist.
As per the Blue Jackets’ Twitter account:
For a team sitting at the bottom of the standings – who has had trouble putting butts in seats this season – Columbus has certainly handled the situation right.
Who hasn’t bought a jersey of a player expected to play quite some time with his current team only to watch him get traded within a year? It can be quite frustrating, especially considering fans need to practically donate a kidney to afford some of the apparel. Most franchises would just force their fans to eat the money spent, but the Blue Jackets decided to take a different approach.
After Thursday, we’re guessing the memories of Carter will finally be put to rest and the team can move on from probably the biggest debacle in their 12-year history and rebuild their team.
We think all teams should follow in Columbus’ footsteps.