I'd definitely like to see the Kings win it. There will be the obvious flack from other fans about trading Richards and Carter and having them immediately win a cup, but they won't have won it against us so I would just be happy for them.
They didn't get it done in Philly, but I've got nothing against either one of them and I wish them the best.
Out of the East, I'd say I prefer the Devils. They're a more likable team, from the coach to the players to the fans. Honestly, as long as it's not Pittsburgh or Boston, I don't really mind who comes out of the East.
They've been my west team since last June and I prefer their style of play to the Flyers' style this season. I'm still having trouble getting used to having a goalie who actually stops pucks at critical times.
I still like Richards, Carter, Gagne, and Williams. John Stevens is ok in my book as long as he's not the head coach of the Flyers, Hextall is good too. In theory I have no problem with them winning, and if they move on I'll be rooting for them heavily over the Rangers or Devils. However, I would rather the Coyotes win it than the Kings.
No. These two players lost the level of professionalism that they needed to succeed in Philadelphia. They seem to have gotten their careers together in L.A., so good for them. But, I can still be pissed that they had to be traded before they remembered that they were going to be held accountable for their actions. Whether they were mad about Lavy's system, the Pronger influence on the team, or the Dry Island controversy is irrelevant. The 2011 series against Boston was evidence enough that they checked out, and that's unacceptable from athletes that are being paid millions of dollars to be the leaders of their franchise. They may win a cup this year. That's great, it'll be forgotten (save a select few King's fans) after a couple of weeks in that city. They could have won one in Philadelphia and launched themselves into hero status like the 2008 Phillies. I know my opinion will be blasted by some of the mindless politically correct posters on these boards, but if they're entitled to an opinion, then I guess I am as well.
Carter and Richards winning a Cup also means Ron Hextall wins a Cup, because he's Executive VP and Assistant GM of the Kings. I know there's more than a few fans in Philly who would love to see Hextall hoist the chalice.
Too any one who laughs at Philly for giving them up -- Flyers got more pieces for R/C than what Kings gave up to acquire them, especially moving forward. Kings could win the Cup, but reverse the trades and it's unlikely that the roles would be reversed. Would the Flyers with Richards & Carter but without Voracek, Schenn, Couturier, Simmonds, Grossmann. Consider the Flyers would probably have Bobrovsky/Boucher in net instead of Bryzgalov (and as bad as Bryz was, Bob/Boosh would have been worse).
Would do those trades again. Probably not the Bryzgalov signing (which was the bad move of the Flyers offseason moves) but the trades were very beneficial for the team both in the short term and the long term.
I would probably undo the Richards trade and still be happy, but the Carter trade was fantastic. Couturier and Voracek (and Nick Cousins) will be key Flyers for years to come.
Anyway, I would most certainly root for both Richards and Carter. Mike is easily my (now) second favourite player in the league and Drew Doughty is probably my favourite defensemen... Hard not like the Kings.