Clearance sale in Philadelphia

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Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were instrumental in helping the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. (Yahoo! Sports)

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were instrumental in helping the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. (Yahoo! Sports)

Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren could either go down as the most brilliant GM in franchise history or the one who ruined a powerful team. Whichever is the case, one thing is a definite: the Flyers have decided to go in a new direction to get to the Stanley Cup.

On Wednesday afternoon, the news was dropped on Philadelphia that Jeff Carter was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and a 2011 first and third-round pick.

If that wasn’t enough, a mere half hour later, captain Mike Richards and Rob Bordson were dealt to the Los Angeles Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2012 second-round pick.

It still wasn’t over. Shortly after that, free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was signed to a nine-year contract at $51 million.

Carter and Richards, the two cornerstones of the team and the faces of the franchise, who are also best of friends, were gone in a matter of minutes. With the two moves, Holmgren unloaded 20 years and $109.6 million.

Carter spent six seasons with the Flyers, amassing 181 goals and 343 points over that time. He had a breakout year in 2008-09 when he notched 26 goals. He also tied the franchise record for most game-winning goals in a season with 12. Since that time, he’s been at or near the top in goals on the team and has been in the top five in shots taken in the league. However, his production totals took a noticeable dip in the playoffs. In 47 games, he only scored 13 goals and 8 assists.

He signed an 11-year contract extension worth $58 million on Nov. 13, 2010.

Richards also spent six seasons with the club where he compiled 133 goals and 349 points. Before the start of the 2008-09 season, he was named the 17th captain in franchise history. He has been a big-time player for the club and was able to be used in all types of situations. He is a known threat on the penalty kill and even holds the record for most goals scored in a 3-on-5 situation. In his time with the team, he was compared multiple times to Flyers legend Bobby Clarke.

He signed a 12-year contract extension worth $69 million on Dec. 13, 2007.

In an interview with the media hours after the trade, Richards commented:

“I wanted to stay in Philly for the rest of my career. That’s what I envisioned until about 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock this afternoon…It’s going to be strange for sure not going to Philadelphia. I almost have to start from scratch. I hope [Flyers fans] all remember me as a captain who just laid it all out on the ice.”

Carter and Richards were both drafted by the Flyers in 2003. Carter went 11th overall and Richards was chosen 13 spots later at 24th.


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One Comment on “Clearance sale in Philadelphia”

  1. June 24, 2011 at 3:58 AM #

    Wow, what an unbelievable sports day. Thought it was going to be all about the NBA draft but then the Flyers come out and do this. Three huge moves in the span of like 2 hours. I liked the initial trades with getting rid of the Carter and Richards contracts but then I thought they simply took a step back by taking on Bryzgalov for so long. Literally, 2 steps forward 1 step back IMO. It’s going to be interesting to see how their players develop in the next few years and how their team is able to react to this situation. They were supposed to have those guys as cornerstones for a decade and now that’s all down the drain. I guess it’s up to Giroux, Van Riemsdyk and ugh…Bryzzzy and his fat contract.

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