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06-23-2011, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Blueblood 2 View Post
Carter and Richards are good buddies. Good drinking buddies. Too much of the latter. Scottie Upshall was traded two years ago because he was part of the party club. Pronger is old school and didn't like the commitment or leadership level. Coach Lavy couldn't get through to the anointed guys with the long term contracts and million dollar shore houses. The malaise was spreading to young guys, particularly Giroux and the Flyers were forced to blow it up. The locker room was choosing sides and obviously the Coach and Pronger won the war. Four straight losses to the Bruins sealed the deal. If you recall, Carter sat out a few games with a suddenly sore knee, then played the last two. Richards disappeared on the ice. There are more reported details locally but you get the picture. Richards comes out smelling like a rose in LA where he can contend for a Cup now and upgrade his choices in young women! Flyers get the cap space to sign the goalie they have needed for years.
When Upshall was traded to the Coyotes, all of the fun went out of the locker room in Philadelphia. He was the glue. After the Flyers made that trade they literally fell apart -- slipped to 5th in the East, got blown out in the playoffs, and played terribly for the first half of the next season. They went out and got Pronger and he certainly helped them get righted in time to get into the playoffs and make a nice run but he is no bargain as a leader either. This is nothing more than the fix de jour in Philadelphia. Pretty radical though. Trading a (2) 26 year old veteran you control for several years at a good price doesn't happen very often. It may be a simple case of not having the right coach. I doubt Laviolette will still be there (check the Flyers history of cashing out coaches) when some of these young guys make a mark in the NHL.

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