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To Columbus Blue Jackets: Jeff Carter
To Philadelphia Flyers: Jakub Voracek, 2011 first-round pick (Sean Couturier), 2011 second-round pick (Nick Cousins)
The Philadelphia Flyers' crazy day of June 23, 2011, drew plenty of skepticism at the time, but both the Mike Richards trade and the Jeff Carter deal have, a year and a half later, seemed to work out in their favor.
Voracek, still only 23, scored 18 goals and 49 points in the regular season and 10 points (in 11 games) during the postseason to provide the Flyers with some solid secondary scoring.
Nonetheless, Couturier, the eighth overall pick of the 2011 draft, will likely pan out as the most important acquisition of this deal—the 19-year-old forward scored an unimposing 27 points in 77 games for Philadelphia last season, but he is expected to flourish as one of the NHL's most talented second-year players this time around.
Cousins is also an average prospect; he's currently playing for Sault Ste. Marie of the CHL.
On the flip side, Carter played only 39 injury-laden games with last place Columbus before he was dealt to Los Angeles for defenseman Jack Johnson and a 2013 first-round pick.
The Blue Jackets never got nearly the production they expected out of the former All-Star center and finished the 2011-12 season with a pathetic 29 wins in 82 contests.