NHL Trade Rumors: Columbus Center Jeff Carter Going to the Los Angeles Kings?

James Maahs@Jmaz90Contributor IIIFebruary 23, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 13:  Jeff Carter #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena on December 13, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio.  The Blue Jackets defeated the Canucks 2-1.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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A deal is in the works that will send Columbus forward Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings.

According to a tweet by hockey insider Bob McKenzie the Blue Jackets and Kings are working hard to get a trade done.

Via Bob McKenzie Tweet:

LAK and CBJ are working hard to get a Jeff Carter trade done -- Jack Johnson's name featured prominently as well -- but told not done. Yet.

A trade for center Jeff Carter and possibly defenseman Jack Johnson will work well for both sides. Los Angeles would be getting a much needed offensive player and great passer in Carter. While Columbus would be getting a boost on their blue line.

This would also change the playoff picture for the  Kings who are one the border of missing the playoffs. Getting a much need offensive boost to add to their lineup might be the spark that this team needs in order to make a final push over the last 20 games.

It is still unknown how close these two teams are to making any type of deal and what other players are involved.

With the NHL trade deadline less than a week away rumors are starting to heat up about potential big name players moving to different teams.

For a while Rick Nash was rumored to be in trade talks between Columbus and Los Angeles. Though, a potential deal may have fallen through because of the asking price by the Blue Jackets.