On January 23rd, 2020, the Winnipeg Jets traded their elite goal scorer Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets for left-winger Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round pick. The trade presented many Flyers fans on Twitter with disappointment as Patrik Laine was a potential trade target for the Flyers in the 2020 offseason, and there were reports that serious conversations were had with the Jets about a potential trade. The return that the Jets wanted for Laine was reportedly very high with rumors that they wanted a defenseman like Ivan Provorov or Travis Sanheim along with draft picks or other young players in return. This trade reminded me of the June 23rd, 2011 Jeff Carter trade between the Flyers and Blue Jackets which helped set up the Flyers core today.

In the 2011 Jeff Carter trade, the Flyers sent center Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Jakub Voracek, 2011 1st round pick, and 2011 3rd round pick. In 2011, Jeff Carter had just come off of a 66 point season and a +/- of 27, and the Flyers as a team finished with a record of 47-23-12 and a conference semi-final appearance. The trade came as a bit of a shock as both Carter was dealt with the Blue Jackets and Mike Richards was dealt to the Kings on the same day. The two trades allowed the Flyers to sign controversial goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9 year, $51 million dollar contract. Although the Flyers were blowing up their part of their core who had just gotten to the Stanley Cup final in the previous year, through the trade they accidentally set themselves up with a new core for the next ten years.

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Jakub Voracek

The headliner of the trade in the Flyers return was former 1st round draft pick Jakub Voracek, who had put up 46 points in the previous season and 134 points total in his 3 seasons. Since joining the Flyers in the 2011-12 season, Jake has scored over 567 points in 679 games for the orange and black. He also recently became 5th all-time in Flyers assists when he passed Mark Recchi with his 396th assist in a Flyers uniform. While in his time in Philly, Jake’s made an All-Star game appearance in 2015 and won the Bobby Clarke Trophy twice as the team’s MVP in 2013 and 2015.

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2011 1st round pick 

The Flyers received the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets and selected center named Sean Couturier from the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who may or may not have won the Selke award in 2020 as the best two-way forward in the NHL. Since joining the Flyers for the 2011-12 season, Sean has recorded 403 points and arguably gotten better every year. He has recorded an impressive 212 points in 233 games since the start of the 2017-18 season. When Sean is not on the ice for the team due to injury, his presence is severely missed as he provides a lot of production for the Flyers on both ends of the ice.

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2011 3rd round pick 

With the 68th pick in the 3rd round of the 2011 NHL entry draft, the Flyers took center Nick Cousins from the Sault Saint Marie Greyhounds. Nick Cousins spent 3 years with the Flyers with his debut coming in the 2014-15 season. In total he recorded 27 points in 107 games with the team until he was dealt with the Arizona Coyotes along with Merrick Madsen (Flyers 2013 6th round selection) in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick and winger Brendan Warren. Both Merrick Madsen and Brendan Warren play in the ECHL now but the 2018 fifth-round pick is a player you may be familiar with. The Flyers took defenseman Wyatte Wylie from the Everett Silvertips with the 2018 fifth-round pick of the 2018 NHL entry draft. Wylie has spent most of his time with the Everett Silvertips including a 2019-20 season where he scored 64 points in 62 games. He signed his ELC in 2020 and will make his AHL debut with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms when their season kicks off later in the winter of 2021.

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Jeff Carter 

Jeff Carter’s tenure with the Blue Jackets lasted less than a season of the Bachelor as he only appeared in 39 games for Columbus and recorded 25 points during the 2011-12 season. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings later that season in exchange for Jack Johnson and a 2013 1st round pick. Carter was a big part in both of the Kings Stanley Cup wins in 2012 and 2014, alongside Mike Richards. There have been some reports that have come out since Jeff Carter’s departure from Columbus about his contempt for going to Columbus and refusing to report to the team until former Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash paid him a visit and convince him to play.

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Enough time has passed with this trade to claim the Flyers as the winners as Voracek and Couturier are still key contributors with the Flyers, and Wyatt Wylie is a very promising defenseman prospect who is close to the NHL. Although the biggest winner from the trade would appear to be the Los Angeles Kings who won two Stanley Cups thanks to the efforts of Jeff Carter. The trade tree that is attached to this deal is still unfolding today, and will most likely continue for years to come like the Wayne Gretzky trade which is still unfolding to this day. There is a really good Youtube video on the Jeff Carter trade tree made by Sportsnet and Steve Dangle, which I would recommend giving a watch.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin Lacy (@KevinLacy22)

    February 13, 2021 at 9:34 PM

    Merrick Madsen hasn’t played hockey in almost a year in a half. He’s not in the ECHL.

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