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Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 5:42 pm
 

The Philadelphia Flyers afternoon of blockbuster moves has concluded. Maybe.

The Flyers made three massive moves in as many hours on Thursday, signing Ilya Bryzgalov for nine years, $51 million after trading captain Mike Richards to the L.A. Kings for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds and Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets.

Before it could sign goaltender Bryzgalov to a new contract, the Flyers had to release some salary. Just nobody expected them to release THIS much salary.

The moves started when Philly sent Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jake Voracek, the No. 8 pick in Friday's draft and a third-round selection as well.

The Carter deal itself wasn't surprising. A few weeks ago we noted a report that the Flyers had been discussing trading Carter with the Blue Jackets, but the biggest obstacle was Carter's massive contract, both in length (through 2020-21) and in dollar figures ($5.272 million per season). But if they were to sign Bryzgalov, who's rights they obtained from Phoenix earlier this month, they would have to clear space to get under the salary cap.

The Blue Jackets are clearly pleased with landing a scorer like Carter. “The Columbus Blue Jackets are very pleased and excited to acquire Jeff Carter,” GM Scott Howson said. “Jeff is a proven number one center in the National Hockey League and we look forward to him having many productive seasons as a Blue Jacket.”

Rick Nash in Columbus is the biggest beneficiary, and is understandably excited, telling Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch "We needed a guy like this. [Opponents] can't just key on one guy. The best teams have two guys. This is a huge help, not just for me but for the whole team." That is a line now that could realistically provide 75-85 goals next season for the Jackets.

It was the second move that came as a surprise and left people wondering what was GM Paul Holmgren's plan. Richards isn't known for being the most captain-like guy in the NHL and has another hefty contract ($5.75 million until 2019-20), but it seemed like the Flyers could sign Bryzgalov in clearing just one player, specifically Carter.

But this was a team that seemed like it was just a goaltender away, so getting rid of two offensive standouts begs the question if they aren't swinging too far in the other direction. Only time will tell, but it sure is hard for me to see the Flyers improved today. They are certainly still a favorite to make it into the playoffs, but did they chances at winning the Stanley Cup go up? I'm not sold the answer is yes.

"I just got home and I was surprised. You wouldn't think that those two guys would be leaving any time soon," Flyers forward Claude Giroux told Frank Saravali of the Philadelphia Daily News. "But I guess it's just part of the business. It's going to be a fresh start for both of those guys. For the rest of us, it's going to be a challenge. We still have a lot of veterans but different young guys are going to need to step up now."

The Kings, however, just got a lot tougher in the already competitive Pacific Division.

“We felt at this stage of the franchise it was time to make a significant move for an impact player," Kings GM Dean Lombardi said. Mike Richards is not only one of the top players in the league, he’s also universally recognized as one of the finer leaders in the game and one of its elite competitors. Additionally, given that he’s only 26-years-old and he’s on a long-term contract, he fits our plan now and for the long-term future.”

Bryzgalov will make an average of $5.67 million per season (the presumably front-loaded salary will pay as much as a reported $10 million) over the length of the contract, but at this point it's unsure how much room the Flyers will have under the cap to find some help to fill the offensive void left by Carter and Richards.

Betwen Carter and Richards, the Flyers are losing a combined 59 goals (36 for Carter last season, 23 for Richards) and 73 assists (30, 43 respectively). However, in return they get Voracek (14 goals, 32 assists) from Columbus and then Schenn (young center with just nine career games) and Simmonds (14/16 for the Kings last season).

-- Brian Stubits (A.J. Perez contributed to this report)

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Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:20 am
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Simple question...bottom line, are the Flyers closer to a Stanley Cup THIS SEASON with these moves??? Do you wanna win now(llike were built to) or play GM and worry about 5 years down the line. Basically we were a top cup contender and now we'll be lucky to finish 3rd in our division.
I guess we'll find out.  The fact is one of these guys had to go to dump salary to sign a goalie and free up some wiggle room in the cap or sit back and hope that Bobrovsky could lead them to the promised land.  Based on the way that the Bruins totally dominated the Flyers in the playoffs it seemed apparent that this team needed something more than goaltending.  A healthy Pronger would have been nice but I don't think that he would hsve been enough to put the Flyers over the top.

There's still cap space so there may be more moves coming, so I'm not kidding, I think the Flyers will be fine.  Richards has put up decent numbers but something about his game always bothered me.  I've seen too many forced passes on the power play and he just doesn't seem to have the hands of an elite scorer.  He's great on the PK, but in my opinion, he's not worth all the money he was getting and it's time to go in a new direction.

That's my opinion.  You may disagree with what I think, but that doesn't make me wrong. 



Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Richards did have a NTC but it only kicked in next july, so did Carter's for a matter of fact....



Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Versteeg would be the only laughable part....If you are laughing at Giroux and JVR being on the 1st line then you are just ignorant and dont know much.....you would be considered a man who purely goes by what hockey analysts tell him...



Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Like I said you don't know much about JVR if you didnt see his emergence....h e is a definite 30-40 goal scorer.....especially with Giroux feeding him.....but yeah Versteeg sucks I hate him....looking at it more I would put JVR, Giroux Voracek.



Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Wow....don't talk about hockey....you talk like you know a lot but don't know the last name of Schenn and you said" We will dump that guy we got from Columbus!" Jakub Voracek is awesome! You think they got a young 6'3 RW who had 50 points last year in his 3rd season on a sad Columbus team to just dump him? Thank god you are nt our GM!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:05 am
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

 I believe that he had more points than Carter and Richards combined during the last 2 playoffs.

Sorry Richards himself has outscored Leino in the past 2 post seasons. 

 
So if you figure they traded Carter for Leino and Richards for Schenn, Voracek, #8 pick, etc., I don't see any drop off.

Your kidding, right?

but how many playoff goals and assists were lost?

Well Richards had 30 points alone the past 2 playoffs, Carter only had 9, but played hurt and missed 16 games. Simmonds and Voracek have combined for 7 points over the past 2 years so that should be a hugh upgrade.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:53 am
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

Everybody is talking about all the offense that the Flyers traded away quoting regular season goals and assists, but how many playoff goals and assists were lost?
Ok, Richards has 50 points in 63 playoff games, take away his rookie season when he had 1 point in 6 games and he's almost basically a point per game player. And he a very good penalty killer, and he plays physical....

Carter hasen't been a stud in the playoffs but he hasen't been healthy in the playoffs either.


Are you talking regular (pre) season or playoffs?

Both, because these dudes will do balls this year. Simmonds and Voracek might combine for 30 goals and Schenn won't even see the ice.

Simple question...bottom line, are the Flyers closer to a Stanley Cup THIS SEASON with these moves??? Do you wanna win now(llike were built to) or play GM and worry about 5 years down the line. Basically we were a top cup contender and now we'll be lucky to finish 3rd in our division.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:08 am
 

Busy Flyers ship Carter, Richards; add Bryzgalov

I'll guarantee Carter puts up more goals then Simmons, Voracek , and Schenn this season.
Are you talking regular (pre) season or playoffs?


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