Jeff Carter Returns to Philly This Weekend, But Won't Play Against Former Team
Jeff Carter will return to Philadelphia this weekend when the Columbus Blue Jackets face the Flyers on Saturday night, but he will not be playing against his former team.
This weekend will mark Carter’s first time back in Philadelphia since being traded to Columbus back in June.
His trade was one of two blockbuster trades made by the Flyers organization on June 23 – former Flyers captain (and Carter’s best friend) Mike Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on the same day.
Carter suffered a fractured bone in his foot as a result of blocking a shot in a game against the Dallas Stars on October 15, five games into the Blue Jackets’ season. It’s the same bone he broke back in April 2010 while with the Flyers.
He hasn’t skated since that game against Dallas, and isn’t sure when he’ll return.
“It’ll happen when the pain subsides, which could be this weekend, early next week… who knows?” Carter told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
While a return on Saturday night would have been wonderfully sentimental for Carter, he and the Blue Jackets brass are playing it safe.
“I have a lot of good friends there, players and staff. It’ll be good to see them. I wish I was playing against them,” Carter said. “But I’m not going to rush back and risk something just to play in Philadelphia.”
It would have certainly been interesting to see what kind of reception Carter would have received upon taking the ice. When Mike Richards and the Kings visited on October 15, Richards was cheered during introductions, cheered during the small tribute to him on the big screen, and then booed every time he touched the puck afterward.
Though Carter was the team’s leading goal scorer for the last three years, it is safe to assume that he would face a similar reception if he took the ice on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, Carter won’t have another chance to face his former team this season. Saturday night’s matchup will be the only one of the season between the Flyers and Blue Jackets.