Philadelphia Flyers Trade Rumor: Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets?

Dan JacksonContributor IIIJune 12, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 22:  Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers waits during warmups before an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on March 22, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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As soon as news broke of the Flyers acquisition of the rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, people immediately began to speculate as to who would be on the move to accommodate Bryzgalov's hefty salary.

Well, a report from the Columbus Dispatch has indicated that the Blue Jackets and Flyers have had discussions about a potential deal that would have Philly send Jeff Carter and his $5.27 million annual salary to Columbus in return for a "top-six forward," most likely 21-year-old right winger Jakub Voracek, and the No. 8 overall pick in the draft this year.

While I admittedly don't know much about Voracek, he had 46 points (14 G, 32 A) in 80 games last season.  He is 6'2", 214 pounds and he has a left-hand shot, cause the Flyers need more of those (rolls eyes).

But here's what had to say about him back in 2009 when he was entering the league:

"Voracek is an explosive skater, with dynamic offensive ability.  He is extremely strong on the puck and has great vision.  He has a very good shot, but prefers the role of a setting up his line mates.

"An outstanding puck distributor, Voracek sees the ice very well and passes the puck to an open man with an incredible speed and accuracy.

"Has a very strong defensive presence as well.  Is very close to the full package, and has the work ethic and joy of the game to continue improving."

So while it would hurt to lose Jeff Carter, perhaps, with Voracek and whoever the Flyers would potentially pick up with the No. 8 pick, they could get good and cheaper value in return.