M. Richards, J. Carter trade in retrospect
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03-26-2013, 12:09 PM
Moving much too slow
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Boston, MA
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So in one year it goes from- "Jeff and Mike are integral parts of this organization" to "See ya *******!"
Speculation and baseless assumptions are running amok in this thread. Here are some facts:
Ed Snider has publicly stated that after watching Tim Thomas carry the Bruins to a Cup he decided the team was going to get a #1 goalie. That's a fact.
Bryzgalov was pretty much the only big name goalie on the market that year, and Snider went after him. Again, Snider has publicly stated that he was the mover and shaker in getting Bryzgalov.
The Flyers were going to have to clear cap space to fit Bryzgalov's salary. Also, just plain fact. So someone with a good sized cap hit was going to have to go, if not two someone's.
Carter, being young and talented, and the team having had trouble finding the right spot/role for him, was an obvious candidate. That's not kicking the guy out the door, it's the GM doing his job. Carter clearly didn't want to go to Columbus, but in the end it might have been the best thing to happen to him. It might have given him a bit of a wake up call.
And while it's always tough to trade the team captain, Holmgren got an offer from LA that was too good to refuse. And Richards goes to a Cup contender. So who is supposed to be unhappy about all of this?
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