Thread: Player Discussion: Richards
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11-11-2013, 09:15 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.
Well the Flyers wanted(needed?) to get a goalie, and had to clear cap space, which led to the Carter deal. If you're trading Carter after signing him and his buddy Richards to basically lifetime contracts, you're probably not going to have a happy Richards(although he'd still bleed for whatever team he played for). Trade Carter, trade Richards somewhere else, and you don't have to deal with it.

At the time of those trades, the Flyers still had Pronger. He was a game changing player, even at an older age.

Pronger gets the career ending injury. They have that crazy series against Pittsburgh, and nothing has really gone their way since. Bryzgalov blows up. Pronger can't be replaced, but they trade van Riemsdyk for Schenn, then try and get Weber, but don't.

The Flyers are a franchise that lives by an owner wanting to win, and they die by an owner wanting to win. They can't seem to stop and regroup. They just keep trying things in the moment. It was easier to do that when there was no cap. No cap, they bring in a goalie, don't trade Carter, don't trade Richards, probably get Weber, with or without Pronger, etc, etc.

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