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05-20-2012, 11:21 AM
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It's hard to gauge these trades because we still do not know the full story behind them.

From a purely hockey perspective, I think the Flyers would have been best off if they made the Carter deal and kept Richards, but there may have been more going on behind the scenes. If there really was a locker room rift with Richards, and the organization felt it was going to continue or get worse after trading Carter, then both of these trades were necessary. If the locker room stuff was all just a product of the media and Richards would have carried on being the player he has been, then they should have kept him IMO.

We may never know the full story, but I still think for an organization to trade both of their franchise centermen on the same day, something behind the scenes had to have been wrong.

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