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How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:07 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:42 am
 
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By: Adam Gretz

Between 2005 and 2011 Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were two of the cornerstone pieces of the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

They were both drafted by the team in what turned out to be one of the best draft years the NHL has ever seen (2003). They made their debuts during the same season (2005-06). And for the better part of six seasons they were two of the best players in Philadelphia, until they were both traded last summer in separate deals on the same day, with Richards going to the Los Angeles Kings and Carter being sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On Thursday night, the two were reunited once again in Los Angeles as the Kings continued to do their part to seemingly move the Flyers westward one player at a time.

In the end, it took three separate transactions involving three teams, six players and four draft picks to make it happen. And here is how it all went down.

June 23, 2011: The Flyers started their massive roster overhaul by trading Carter to Columbus for forward Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first-round pick in 2011 (No. 7 overall, which the Flyers eventually used to select Sean Couturier), and a third-round pick in 2011 (which the Flyers used to select Nick Cousins).

June 23, 2011:Not long after Carter was shipped to Columbus, the other shoe dropped in Philadelphia with the bombshell that Richards, their captain, would be sent to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn and the Kings second-round pick in 2012.
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February 23, 2012: The Kings reunited Carter and Richards by sending defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to Columbus in exchange for Carter, just eight months, 39 games and 15 goals after the Blue Jackets acquired him.

When you get right down to it, the Kings traded what amounts to Schenn, Simmonds, Johnson, a second-round draft pick and what very well could be a mid-to-late first-round draft pick for Carter and Richards. That doesn't seem all that outrageous of a price for two big-time, two-way forwards that should be able to provide above average offense and strong defensive play for the foreseeable future. While also being signed long-term (in the case of Carter, very long-term. Through 2022).

Go back one year, Kings fans, and ask yourselves if you would have taken that deal to land both players. It's very possible, if not likely, that none of the players given up will ever be as good as Carter and Richards currently are, and it didn't involve them giving up any of their own franchise players (Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown). 

Of course, that's not to say things haven't worked out OK for the Flyers, as Simmonds is having a breakout year in Philadelphia and Couturier (acquired as part of the original Carter trade with Columbus) looks as if he has a shot to be a really strong player in the future, already playing a decent role for the Flyers as an 18-year-old rookie.

But the team that appears to come out on the short end of it all is the Blue Jackets.

Over the past eight months Columbus has essentially traded Voracek and the draft picks that turned out to be Couturier and Cousins and come away with only Johnson and the aforementioned draft pick from the Kings (which, again, may be at the back end of the first round). With eight months of Carter thrown in the middle. General manager Scott Howson said on Thursday he doesn't regret the initial trade for Carter, just that it didn't work out. And perhaps Carter deserves some (or a lot) of the blame for it not working out better than it did. But at this point, it's hard to look at Columbus and not see a ship that's aimlessly floating around without any real direction.

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Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:05 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

you know you little co%$ gobbler beat it jeff  carter we know its you



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:14 am
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

again not even close so happy with the players  we got in return. both bums and locker room cancers !  fu and your god
And again, not even close to anything resembling English.

Carter is better than either of them right now and that is pretty indisputable. That said I like the trade too.

Who is fu, and what is he doing with my God? 



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:02 am
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

again not even close so happy with the players  we got in return. both bums and locker room cancers !  fu and your god



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:21 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

did you think philly would trade there top 2 scorers and captain for all young players when there not in a rebuilding year because these two are on the up and up?

What exactly is this? It isn't English...

to the writer jeff carter is not a two way player . he knows how to shoot one dimensional game watch some hockey ever once in awhile and not the stat sheet

He'd by BY FAR the best defensive forward on the Flyers this year. It's seriously not even close. He started in the defensive zone on most of his shifts, ended in the offensive zone, was our best face off guy and played some of the toughest opposing lines for the Flyers last year. 


I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:12 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

not even close my friend not even close



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:03 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

your fucked now la ! did you think philly would trade there top 2 scorers and captain for all young players when there not in a rebuilding year because these two are on the up and up? they were not rumors all the drinking every night after the games missing practice it was all true.

i love the players they got in return all good young guys with a big upside richards is a crybaby and carter is a no show in the post season you guys made a bad move that could back fire for years at this point..to the writer jeff carter is not a two way player . he knows how to shoot one dimensional game watch some hockey ever once in awhile and not the stat sheet



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:58 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

I heard Mike Richards is paying half of Jeff Carters salary just so the bromance can continue. 



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:15 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

 the kings acquired a liability
I'd love to hear an explanation of this one.

And Jack Johnson is a top tier defenseman? Yeahhhhh, no. 



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:13 pm
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

so you think sending them to seattle will make the team better?  People who think the jackets should move are stupid.  It's not the fans fault that the jackets have only played four total playoff games sinc they were established.  And honestly i keep seeing all these articles about how the jackets lost this trade.  Honestly? the Jackets got the much better end of the deal.  the kings acquired a liability and the jackets got a top tier defenseman and a first round pick.



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:39 am
 

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter

If I were a Blue Jackets fan, and I am glad that I am not and will never have to be one, I would be demanding Howson's head on a platter. Too bad Nash remains a hostage there. What a mess.


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