Blue Jackets: I'm last person to pump up the virtues of Carter. Those long-time DobberHockey readers may remember my rant on him last summer. At any rate, to pass him off for a mid-round pick - and not even one for this year - strikes me as a little weak. With the trade market being quite expensive, the Blue Jackets just dragged it down...ruining it for everyone else. My value? At today's asking price? A third-round pick. For this year.
Fantasy players impacted: In Carolina, Carter will help them with offense while the team tries to get through the losses of Stillman and Cole. When those two players get back in the lineup, Carter will be a third-liner at best. His absence from Columbus may add a minute or two to the ice time of Gilbert Brule and Nik Zherdev.