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Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, two former Flyers
June 23, 2011 was a crazy day. Paul Holmgren changed the Flyers forever when he signed Ilya Bryzgalov and traded captain Mike Richards and leading goal scorer Jeff Carter (who I'll get to) on the same day.
The deal: Mike Richards and Rob Bordson for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round pick (later traded to Dallas in a package for Nicklas Grossmann).
At the time, Mike Richards carried around with him a reasonably hefty contract without being an elite player. Brayden Schenn was widely known as the best player not currently playing in the NHL and Wayne Simmonds was a young, physical right winger with plenty of potential.
Over the past two seasons, Wayne Simmonds alone has outscored Mike Richards, with the tallies being at 81 and 76 points, respectively. Right now, Brayden Schenn is still yet to reach his potential, but the door hasn't been closed yet.
Rumored party-boy persona aside, Mike Richards is the kind of of guy the Flyers need on the ice right now. A guy who consistently wins battles, does the physical stuff and gives his all.
Schenn, whilst looking promising, can not be counted on for regular offense. Wayne Simmonds can sometimes go missing for stretches.
Easy win for Holmgren. A straight-up trade of Simmonds for Richards would be debatable, but when you throw Schenn into the mix, it's a deal-breaker.