The Columbus Blue Jackets trade Jeff Carter to the LA Kings for Jack Johnson and a 1st

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. Bob McKenzie said on TSN that the deal is contingent on a Jeff Carter medical.

Jeff Carter carries a $5,272,727 cap through 2022. His salary this year is $6 million, $6.25 million next year, $6.5 million in 2013-14, $6.75 million in 2014-15, $7 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17, $6.5 million in 2017-18, $5 million in 2018-19, $3 million in 2019-20, and $2 million in the final 2 seasons.

Jack Johnson carries a $4,357,143 cap hit through 2018. His salary is $3.5 million this year, and 2 years following. It jumps to $5 million for the last 4 years.

Dennis Bernstein via twitter: It will be a 2012 1st round pick, but goes to a 2013 1st round pick if they miss the playoffs this year. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: If the Kings make the playoffs, the Blue Jackets choose if they want the pick this year or next. Before tonight’s games were finished, the Kings sat in 8th spot in the Western Conference. If the Blue Jackets took the Kings 2012 pick, they’d currently be drafting 17th overall according to

Aaron Portzline via twitter: “The Kings, meanwhile, are desperate for an offensive spark. They’re last in the NHL at 2.05 goals per game, and have been shutout eight tiems, most in the Western Conference. The Kings’ scoring has been especially paltry of late. They’ve scored one goal or less in seven of their last 10 games.”

Curtis Zupke via twitter:  Kings GM Dean Lombardi: “Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league. He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age … he is entering the prime of his career. We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing.”

Todd Cordell via twitter: The Blue Jackets are building a solid defensive core with “Johnson, Wisniewski, Savard & Moore to build around. Methot, Nikitin & Clitsome are good, too.” Also have Fedor Tyutin.

TSN tradecenter link: Bob McKenzie, Marc Crawford and Aaron Ward talk about the trade.

Chris Johnston via twitter: Jeff Carter after the trade: “I am obviously excited. … I looked at the Kings at the start of the year as being a club in a good position to win.”

Aaron Portzline via twitter: Jack Johnson: “I am excited by this, to go to a team that wants me and to play in a great sports city. I want to be a part … ”

Dustin Leed via twitter: originally noted in a @tpanotchCSN article, “Richards and Carter skated on the same line eight games last season; two games when they went to Cup”

Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Carter isn’t expected in LA until Saturday. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Johnson will arrive in Columbus on Friday but will not play. Expected to make his debut on Sunday against the Penguins.

Corey Pronman via twitter: “Most rebuilding teams dont take on big contracts for avg players & if they do, they dont also give up a #1 center and only get a mid 1st.” … “Rebuilding teams look for positive value. JJ is a likely negative value every year of the deal. A mid first worth 2.5M over pre-UFA years.”

Follow below link for Carter and Johnson stats.

Jeff Carter

Jack Johnson


  1. Gregory

    February 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Dean lombardi is nuts

  2. Big a

    February 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Great move by the bjs.. The la flyers haha

  3. Lennycle7

    February 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Wow. Scotty Howson is just surprised the heck out of me. Carter is a good player but Jack Johnson is an underrated *allstar* caliber defenceman (well, he played for the states at the Olympics…silver anyone?). Plus they get what will probably be a 20-25th overall draft pick which isn’t that terrible at all. Cudos to him for being able to pull this off. I can’t imagine what he might get for Nash now.

  4. hotwings

    February 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    how about the LA Party Boyz?

    and if columbus trades nash…

    the Columbus Nobodies
    the Columbus Sweater Vests…

    kidding aside… this could make or break the kings as a franchise for the next 5 years or so.. good trade by the jackets.. a mid round pick and one of the best young d in the game..

    im guessing columbus needs to hang on to nash now… they seem to resolve the d issues for the most part, but can a team trade them some offensive power for nash to get nash? would trading nash make any sense now?

    for the leafs, if your previous nash package included schenn.. what does it include now?

  5. hotwings

    February 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    anyone here think burke missed a chance at carter? we could have shipped schenn + 1st + prospect for him..

  6. Mark Easson

    February 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I think the 10 years left on the deal is why Burke didn’t push for a deal more.

  7. Carl LaFong

    February 24, 2012 at 4:04 am

    After throwing away last year’s first rounder on Penner (now on the bench) the Kings lock themselves into a big contract for 11 years. Lombardi might have crippled this promising team’s future out of desperation to keep his job. He better go get Nash too, or someone else who can score, because one guy ins’t going to elevate this offense (30th in the league). They desperately need a playmaker and should do everything to get Nash as well… Johnson was playing better than Doughty and really elevated his game. Tremendous skater and puck handler with a booming shot. Lombardi is terrible.

  8. AJ

    February 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Bob McKenzie reported Bernier is still in play somewhere with possibly Dustin Brown.

    I wonder who the partner could be.