Mike Richards is the sole reason Jeff Carter was not traded two seasons ago when the Flyers organization was fed up with his softness and constant Walt Disney On Ice show.
Richards fought tooth and nail and whined like the little bitch everyone here on covers constantly accuses him of being to keep them from trading his buddy. This time around the organization would not give in as they should not have. If they had kept Richards after trading Carter he just would have moped and whined like the spoiled rotten little kid that he is and had an even worse season this year then he did last, mind you I don't know if that's possible as he was non existent for most of this past season both on the scoreboard and as the leader he was supposed to be.
Carter: Love the deal. When Carter was not scoring he didn't bring a ton more to the table. He has that gifted goal scoring shot but the grit of a slice of sponge cake, not to mention a body apparently made of glass. I never saw him step up in any of the bigger games for the Flyers during his time there.
The Flyers have always drafted great with their incredible scouting system so there is reason to be excited for an 8th overall pick which is higher than Carter was to begin with and add in the 68th overall and I'm already down with it. Voracek is loaded with scoring potential, is 21 years old and a 7th overall pick himself I believe. Surrounded with a gang of balanced offensive skill and Voracek should be lighting the lamp in Philly with his very up tempo style and skill set.
Finally The Captain: He had to go due to the Carter situation and let's face it Richards had his chance last season when Pronger went down both during the regular season and in the playoffs. With no Pronger the Flyers dressing room went limp, the heart and fight left the team. If Richards was the leader I had hoped he was going to be and if he wanted to prove to the Flyers Pronger was not that important and that it was HIS team then he he failed badly because he played with zero heart or balls during either of those stretches and failed miserably to lead the team at all.
For fuck sakes Pronger had to come back on one leg and with a bulging disc rammed up against his spinal cord and somehow skate and play just to get them past Buffalo leading them through games 6 and 7 because like it or not he did with his presence alone. He could not make an appearance against Boston so guess what? Either could the Flyers without them and Richards was no where to be found in his absence.
Hate him or not, could any of the old timers here ever imagine any individual on earth walking into that old Broad Street Bullies dressing room and taking that team away from Bobby Clarke?
Umm FUCK NO!
Never could have happened at anytime in his career but it did rather easily with Richards as his soldiers followed Pronger into battle and battled harder with him and not at all with Richards leading the way and that really spoke volumes to me about Richards ever being "that guy" the leader they thought he could or was going to be.
Mike Richards is highly skilled and will play in more All-Star games and probably on other Team Canadas but he is also as all the same people here calling the trade stupid love to constantly remind Flyer fans a spoiled whiny little bitch. Zero argument here on that one.
Schenn will be groomed properly in Philly and will be a star in the league in my opinion. I am a very big fan of Wayne Simmonds who is from my own old stomping grounds in East Toronto, he is always noticeable on the ice in every single Kings game I see which is pretty much all the West Coast games I love to stay up and watch. He can be seen crashing and banging without malice and potting his share of goals for the hard nosed grinder that he is and at 22 years old has tons of room to grow. He is a younger clone of Laperriere and I have zero doubt will be a big fan favorite in Philly right off the hop.
In doing all this the Flyers freed up the money to get the goalie they wanted that can finally make everyone shutup win or lose because at least they made the attempt and as I said I would have rather had Vokoun but I hope he proves me wrong and he certainly has a better cast in front of him to give it a go. It also allows them to sign Leino and/or more importantly sign to a solid deal a real bona fide superstar in JVR.
I will be very interested to see how Carter and Richards do now that they are separated from each other for the first time since their OHL days. They went to the Philly Phantoms together the same day and then on the same day both started with the Flyers. Maybe no more late night duo trips to the Turkish bath houses together will help their stamina but then again little party boy Richards in LaLa Land could be scary.