M. Richards, J. Carter trade in retrospect
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03-26-2013, 04:42 PM
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I don't know how many times you and others are going to overlook this. The Flyers did NOT NEED DEFENSE when they traded Richards and Carter. They had a top 5 of Pronger, Timonen, Carle, Coburn, and Meszaros. Four of them which literally played 95% of the time when they went to the Stanley Cup in 2010.
Except for the fact that Pronger had 4 surgeries in 15 months and was over 35. Kimmo was breaking down and was also in his mid 30s, Coburn never met his potential and continues to regress (it's been posted many times on the Flyers' board), Carle has always been ridiculed by Flyer fans so that really leaves Mez. So, yeah, for a very short time they were fine but we all knew Pronger and Kimmo were being leaned on heavily and with them being as old as they were, it wasn't a good thing. If they were around 5-8 years younger this would have looked like a very strong defence but they weren't. Our GM should have taken that into account going forward but didn't. If he had looked at getting, say, Voynov instead of Simmonds, that would have been a smart move, but he didn't.
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