While attempting to digest the enormity of the trades of two of the Philadelphia Flyers’ franchise cornerstones a week ago today, there is little question what is expected of players in the City of Brotherly Love.
When Paul Holmgren dealt captain Mike Richards and leading goal-scorer Jeff Carter out west in two seperate moves, it was much more than just clearing space to fit a contract for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov into the salary cap.
It was a statement.
There is no question that there have been issues in the club’s dressing room for some time. The last half of the 2010-11 season and playoffs were a testament to that fact.
There will be no delving into any kind of ”backstory” (sorry, J.J. Abrams) and allegations that have been lodged about the two and their participation in the Philadelphia nightlife. That has been done previously by others, ad nauseum.