What the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter Trades Mean for the Philadelphia Flyers

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What the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter Trades Mean for the Philadelphia Flyers
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Carter and Richards, Flyers No More

Wow, I'm speechless.

If you didn't believe the Flyers could let go of their top goal-scorer in an attempt to burn salary, how about their captain too?

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, who signed contract extensions amounting to a combined 26 years with the Flyers just three years ago, have both left the organization in the same afternoon.

Carter went first, for winger Jakub Voracek, a first-round (eighth overall) and a third-round 2011 draft pick from Columbus. Richards followed him out, for RW Wayne Simmonds, center Brayden Schenn and a second-round 2012 pick.

Clearly these are massive trades, and not ones that will necessarily be popular with all the fans on Broad Street. I'm not here to trash or praise Paul Holmgren. History (by way of a Stanley Cup) will be the judge on whether this move is genius or insanity. But it has clear implications for next year's roster which may be more tangible.

So if you want to know what this means for how the Flyers lineup at the beginning of the season, read on.

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