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03-05-2013, 02:50 PM
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The problem with Carter and even more so Richards is that in Philly they were looked upon to be cornerstone, franchise players. Even with Giroux developing into a star, the perception was that it was still MR's team. He came to LA and was slotted in a second line role and clearly behind Kopitar, Doughty and Quick on the pecking order, I don't think that was ever going to happen for MR in Philly.

I think you only have to look to our rivals to the north to see what happens when you stick with certain players for to long. SJ could have traded Marleau and Thornton for a return similar or better than what Philly got a couple of years ago, but they stuck with them and now look, the window is closed and they didn't restock the system. Imagine having guys like Simmonds, Coutourier and Schenn to go along with Couture and Pavelski.

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