July 1, 2011 by staff
Philadelphia Flyers, The great purge of Philadelphia has begun. Well, maybe not the big drain, but it was a pretty big trade of two very important players for the Flyers on June 23. Flyers ‘captain Mike Richards and time-40-goal scorer Jeff Carter were drafted in the first round in 2003 by General Manager Paul Holmgren and thought that as the ticket to the Flyers’ bright future. Richards was compared with large Flyer Bobby Clarke, and during his time as team captain, was considered the heart and soul Flyers.
The trade came just days before the Draft NHL Entry Draft. Carter was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus first-round pick in the draft this year (eighth overall) in the third round pick of Columbus and 21-year-old Jakub Voracek wheel. Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for center Brayden Schenn perspective of 22-year-old striker Wayne Simmonds, and a second-round pick next year.
Voracek and has three years under his belt at the tender age of 21 years, missing only two games in three full seasons. Its highest point total was its second year when he scored 16 goals and serving 36. The airmen were in dire need of one end, Voracek, have a lot of years of work with him if they wish.
Simmonds is a power forward who does not mind mixing it up and go into areas difficult to make a play. Its shares fell after this season when he expected to have a great year but did not deliver. He is still very young and has plenty of room to grow, but that’s just a good thing. Schenn has been described as a “diamond in the rough.” He played most of their games in the WHL last year after being drafted in the first round by the Kings. The Flyers brass is very impressed with his potential and thinks he can compete for a spot in the big club this year.
With the choice of the Flyers acquired from Columbus, chose Sean Couturier center, an 18-year-old played for the Quebec Voltigeurs Drummondvillie Major Junior Hockey League. Couturier had mono last summer and missed most of the season with the disease. Airmen were still impressed enough to select his eighth overall. Couturier admitted he needs to work on his skating, but he’s a big man in the center, the Flyers desperately needed.
In recent years, the media has questioned the ability of Richards’s leadership, especially after Chris Pronger Flyers acquired. Pronger is known for his ability to lead teams to a higher level – which served as captain of the St. Louis Blues 1997-03 and 2007-09 Anaheim Ducks, winning the cup with the ducks in 2007. There were reports of dressing room split in 2009 with their peers, either by taking Richards or next Pronger. In the process, then-head coach John Stevens was fired and his current coach, Peter Laviolette was hired to bring the costume together. It is rumored that Pronger will take over the captaincy next year, but no official announcement has been made.
The end result is the Flyers needed money for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year-old boy and 51 million contract hours after the trades that happen. Thus, the Flyers have solved their goaltending problems.
Bryzgalov has established itself as one of the goalkeepers in the league and it has certainly paid off for him. The Flyers have other problems, though; they need to replace the 59 goals lost by trading Richards and Carter.
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