Five Former Columbus Blue Jackets We Love To Hate

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are entering their 14th season (13th season of actual hockey being played) in the NHL. With the regular season still a long three months away, and the frenzy of free agency coming to a halt, we are officially in the lulls of summer. I figured what better time to look back at some of the former players that CBJ fans have loved to hate.

Coming as no surprise to anybody, first up Lucifer…I mean Jeff Carter. From the get go he put a sour taste in the mouth of Blue Jacket fans everywhere. He was traded here and refused to talk to the media, the players, and team officials. He wouldn’t come out of hiding until Rick Nash and Scott Howson got on a plane to visit him, stroke his ego, buy him a security blanket and let him know everything would be ok. This all coming off very high expectations for the Columbus Blue Jackets heading into the season. He acted like a little kid who had been sent to his room without getting dessert.

Jan 5, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter (7) skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Carter even had two games where he registered a hat trick in his shortened season with the Blue Jackets. That you figure would be enough to garner some type of respect from the fans, but he wasn’t done kicking us where it hurt just yet. He visibly quit on the team numerous times during his 39 games as a Blue Jacket. He alienated the players in the locker room that were already having a hard time with what can only be described as a hell of a season. He then for lack of a better term forced the Blue Jackets to trade him or be stuck with a cancer in the locker room.

So the front office obliged and agreed to trade Carter to the Los Angeles Kings in return for Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick in 2012 or 2013. It was taken in 2013 and ended up becoming Marko Dano. The last kick might have been the worst however, after being traded to the Kings, by some logic of the Hockey Gods the Kings went on to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Then that jabrone got to hoist it up over his horns as all of Columbus immediately reached for the Pepto Bismol.

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  • Kevin Combs

    I’ll never hate Rick Nash. Guy happily spent his prime years here. If the Howson facade didn’t last as long as it did, he’d still be here.

    Now Alexander Svitov on the other hand, was one of my favorite players, the rare physical russian, and after signing his extension fled to the KHL. I still hate him with a white hot passion.

    • Clint Linn

      There are many a players that could of made this list, and that point on Svitov is a great one. My main beef with Nash is what I saw on the ice when he gave up on our team. Then how the whole situation played out, and Howson deservedly should shoulder some of that blame. I guess Rick is like that ex-girlfriend who broke your heart, it will take time to heal and then you can be friends but now, for me I still have hate for him. Thanks for reading and thanks for the feedback!

  • Lisa

    I don’t agree with the last 2 but I know I’m in the minority on that. I always liked Mason but knew for everyone’s best interest he needed to go. I never had any real issues with Hedja.

    I can’t really think of any other Jackets that I don’t like but it bugs me that once traded they all seem to do really well. Now if I could throw in current Jackets that I hate it would be Nikitin and Umburger. They are on my last nerve and as much as I loved Tyutin he’s quickly joining them on that list.

  • Alex Sawyers

    Jeff Carter, Adam Foote, Nikolai Zherdev (how was he not on here?), Nikita Filatov (same question), Steve Mason