I read a brief "what if" that suggested Jeff Carter might get traded for Alex Semin.
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There are virtually NO RUMORS to support this particular trade...at least that I have seen or heard.
All that we know for sure is that both players have been mentioned as available.
I thought about this for about 2 minutes and realized this is the no-brainer trade that HAS to be made.
1) Salary Cap Math - It makes sense for both teams. The Caps have the room...once they get rid of Semin and into next year. The Blue Jackets are up against the cap...but next year things get a little easier and Semin would just be a rental for them this year. The Jackets could probably throw in another player...like Jared Boll...to help even the costs with what's left in this season.
2) Carter doesn't want to play in Columbus...PERIOD. Is that going to change? I DON'T THINK SO.
3) Carter would probably be a good fit in Washington. He's got enough grit to his game (when not injured) and can score. He's essentially the new Mike Knuble...now that the old Mike Knuble looks to be fading off into the sunset. Both Carter and Boll would help the Caps in the playoffs this year.
4) Semin needs a change of scenery. It's obvious to me that the guy with all that sick talent is not going to be able to find himself again in Washington. Columbus is probably not the place he will do it either...but the change...even if for a month or so...might be enough to help him on the road to rediscovering/reinventing his game.
5) Columbus gets a guy for a tryout...and if they like what they see, they can sign him (assuming he would sign) and for a contract that's not as long as the one that Carter has).
6) Carter's contract looks better in Washington...assuming he wants to play there. If he does, and IF he plays like he did in Philly (with maybe a little more production in the playoffs) his contract begins to look a lot better in Wshington than it does right now in Columbus.
So there you have it...
Carter and Boll
Even if Columbus doesn't sign Semin, they get rid of Carter and have room on their books going forward.
Washington gets a player that's got a contract that's a lot closer to the player's worth (5.3M) than what they were paying Semin this year (6.7M) and the "throw in" of Jared Boll makes them a little nastier too.
In case you were wondering, here's what their career totals look like to date:
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