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06-23-2011, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Synergy27 View Post
To everyone laughing at the Flyers and how they gutted their amazing team, please keep in mind the fact that this team has looked great and been considered a legitimate contender for the past several years, and in the end it's gotten them nowhere. Carter and Richards are awesome players, but they have won nothing with those two guys as the focal point of the offense.

Even if this doesn't work out for them, I admire Holmgren for recognizing that the team wasn't good enough as it stood and being willing to make DRASTIC changes. The Rangers could have benefited from a similar mindset in the not too distant past.
I think you're not getting the point of the trade. The team was clearly good enough to win it all. The problem lied in the locker room. Pronger undermined Richards, the coach sided with Pronger, Richards stopped caring and became a partier and other players started following his lead. It was either Pronger and the coach or Richards and Carter (to send a message I believe).

I think the Flyers took a very big risk however I think they put themselves in a position to succeed for a very long time if everything works out for them.

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