More breaking news: Jeff Carter traded to Columbus

…and the day keeps on getting interestinger.

The  Philadelphia  Flyers  have begun to clear the necessary cap space to sign their franchise goaltender, dealing high-scoring forward Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The  deal, announced  Thursday afternoon,  will see  forward Jakub  Voracek as
well  as Columbus’  first-round (eighth  overall) and  third-round pick  (68th
overall) in Friday’s entry draft head to Philly.

Carter,  26, completed his  sixth NHL season with 36 goals and 66 points in 80
regular-season games. For a second consecutive season, he was slowed by injury in the playoffs, collecting just one goal and one assist in six appearances.

He  was in the early stages of an 11-year deal worth $58 million, to which the
club signed him last November.

The  former first-round  choice of Philadelphia in 2003 leaves the Quaker City
with  181 goals  and 343 points over  461 NHL games, all with the Flyers. He’s
added 13 goals and 21 points over 47 postseason tilts.

Voracek posted 14 goals and 46 points in 80 games last season for the Jackets,
his third NHL campaign.

A  native  of the Czech Republic,  the 21-year-old winger has notched 39 goals
and 134 points in 241 contests since breaking in with Columbus in 2008.