JEFF CARTER WANTS OUT
A bad situation in Columbus seemed to get even worse this week, as a report surfaced Thursday that newly acquired centre Jeff Carter already wants a trade.
Carter has no goals and three assists and has played in only eight games after suffering a foot injury early in the season. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are league bottom feeders with only three wins in 18 games, putting them essentially out of the playoff race already.
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson met with Carter to clear the air on Friday and stated he had not requested to be moved.
“Look, nobody's happy right now,” Howson told The Columbus Dispatch. “Jeff's not happy. Rick [Nash]isn't happy. We've won three games. Nobody's happy. We see Jeff as part of the solution here.”
It’s a good thing, too, given his 11-year, $58-million deal wouldn’t be all that easy to move.
CRAIG SMITH’S BIG MISS
Nashville Predators youngster Craig Smith has made quite an impression this season, putting up seven goals and seven assists in his first 18 games to take a share of the NHL’s rookie scoring lead.
What he wasn’t planning on was becoming a sensation on YouTube after firing the puck over the glass instead of into the empty net on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Smith’s gaffe had his teammates laughing on the bench, as instead of dramatically roofing his eighth of the season, he launched the puck over the net from six or seven feet away from the goal line.
“That’s something I’m sure he will not do ever again,” Preds coach Barry Trotz said.
“It won’t happen again,” Smith said to The Tennessean on Friday. “It was a tough thing to go through, but it’s done now. I’ve moved on from it and they just want me to let it go.”
“Twenty-two years, they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I've ever played against. I couldn't believe their antics, their falling and diving.”
- Retired NHLer Mark Recchi on the Vancouver Canucks, who he faced in the Stanley Cup finals in June. Might make it tough to set foot in his hometown of Kamloops, B.C.
“That’s not the type of player that I am to go around running goalies. But obviously the fans enjoyed it. It was entertaining for them.”
- Boston Bruins behemoth Milan Lucic took to the radio to talk about his controversial collision with Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller last weekend
2.00: Goals per game for the Anaheim Ducks after 19 games, putting them dead last in the NHL in the category. The Ducks, led by Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry, were the 11th highest scoring team in the league last season.
74.3: Penalty kill success rate for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have been one of the league’s worst teams in the category in each of the last six seasons. The Leafs have killed 18 of 21 penalties in their last seven games, improving them all the way to second last in the NHL.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
“I'm at the movie The Immortals and I have no idea what's going on. This sucks.”
- Oilers youngster Taylor Hall was having a tough time at the movie theatre this week but didn’t get much sympathy from teammate Ryan Whitney. The Boston University alum joked Hall’s tweet was the result of an “OHL education.”