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11-11-2013, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by jml87 View Post
That's true:

Trading Richards and Carter led to aquiring Bryzgalov which led to the trading of Bobrovsky and JVR which led to the buyout of Bryzgalov when the team sucked which led to where they are now, sucking even more. If they hadn't done all those trades and stood pat, they would likely be Stanley Cup competitors right now instead of in the basement.
It's also a case of having a well structured team. Richards' arrival in LA allowed Stoll to play where he should on the 3rd line, and forced opposing teams to choose which of the first two lines they want their best defensemen to face (that 1A/1B thing Lombardi talked about).

When Richards are Carter were traded, it not only left a huge hole defensively and resulted in more kneejerk moves to try to fill holes, it left Giroux and JVR as a single line and easier to defend. Now that the Flyers have also traded JVR, it's Giroux and... ?

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