Flyers ship Carter to Blue Jackets for Voracek and picks Staff

6/23/2011 8:59:58 PM

Jeff Carter has been traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In exchange for Carter, the Flyers will receive Jakub Voracek, plus first round (8th overall) and third round draft picks.

Last season, Carter scored 36 goals and 66 points, he also had two points in six playoff games as the Flyers were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the second round.
The 26-year-old forward was drafted by the Flyers 11th overall in the 2003 Entry Draft and had a career high 46 goals in the 2008-09 season.

Carter, who has 11 years remaining on a contract that will have a cap hit of just over $5.272 million, will give the Blue Jackets a much-needed scorer to play alongside their captain Rick Nash.

The 21-year-old Voracek recorded 14 goals and 32 assists in 80 games last season, after recording 16 goals and 34 assists in the 2009-10 season. He is currently a restricted free agent.

Voracek was drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

By dealing Carter and captain Mike Richards, the Flyers opened up enough cap space to sign recently-acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal.

The Flyers acquired the rights to the 30-year-old Bryzgalov two weeks ago in a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Philadelphia shipped over a third-round draft pick in 2012, forward Matt Clackson and future considerations.