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Flyers trade Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, sign Ilya Bryzgalov, Roy Oswalt injured as Phillies lose,Sixers don't make any NBA Draft deals



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Flyers stun the hockey world as well as their fanbaseWhat a difference a year makes. Photo: www.sportsnet.ca

Chances are that Flyers fans will look back on June 23rd, 2011 as one of the most shocking days in the history of the franchise.

GM Paul Holmgren shocked the Delaware Valley today by not only trading leading goal scorer Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but also team captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings within the span of less than an hour!  

An emotional Holmgren admitted that moving the two players the Flyers once hoped would bring home that elusive third Stanley Cup to Philadelphia was a tough call.

As hard as it may have been for Holmgren to ship his star players out of Philly, it’s obvious that the Flyers were in need of a major shakeup, and if Holmgren is trying to send a message to the team by unloading the faces of the franchise, he absolutely succeeded. There has been talk that one of the two could possibly leave town, but nobody expected both. There were rumblings for the past several years of discontent in the team locker room. Whether Carter and/or Richards were the source of that is unknown, but something had to give.

Some (unfaily or not) have accused Richards of not being a vocal enough captain, and his (as well as Carter's) icy relationship with the local media is no secret. Richards never seemed to fit the mold of the fiery leader Flyers fans are so accustomed to. Moreover, there never seemed to be an overall desire to improve his game, at least not from a fan's perception. Then there is Carter, who has recently battled some injuries after strong seasons in 2008 and 2009. One of his more forgettable moments was his whiff on an open shot near the end of Game 6 of last year’s Stanley Cup.

In exchange for Carter, to the Flyers get 21-year-old winger Jakub Voracek, the Blue Jackets’ 8th overall pick in this weekend’s NHL Draft as well as a third-round pick.

For Richards, the Kings gave the Flyers Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second round pick in the 2011 draft. Schenn is just 19 years of age, and is considered by many hockey insiders to be a future superstar.

What’s more surprising than anything is that the Flyers dumped nearly $100 million in salary by moving Carter and Richards, who were signed to long term deals. With the two of them gone, James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux will be counted on more than ever to take their game to the next level offensively. Sources say that Chris Pronger will most likely inherit Richards’ captaincy when the season begins.Philadelphia needs to find solid replacements for not one, but two midnight mayors of center city. Photo: www.dirtydangle.com

And to top it all off, the Flyers finally signed goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine year- $51 million dollar deal. As a result of this deal, Bryzgalov is the highest paid player in the NHL. The Flyers are hoping the play Bryzgalov can make up for the loss of scoring as a result of losing Carter.

Either way, the Flyers gave their franchise a complete facelift Thursday. Where the team is headed in 2011-2012 however, remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure. Philadelphia needs to find solid replacements for not one, but two midnight mayors of center city.

As great as things have been going for the Phillies, have you ever seen a team whose fortunes change so quickly?

Roy Oswalt finally admitted after the Phils’ 12-2 loss to the Cardinals Thursday night that his back has been bothering him for some time. This is awful news for the Phillies and possibly career threatening for Oswalt, who placed Jose Contreras on the 15-day DL with a forearm strain.  With their latest pitching injuries, the Phillies rotation takes another hit as well as their bullpen. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo run the risk of being overused- not exactly what you want to do to your two young studs. The Phillies need both Oswalt and Contreras for the long haul, and it would be wise to shut them down for as long as it takes.

I don’t care what anybody says about the Phils offense, another bat is needed or they won't have a hope in hell of making it to the World Series let alone beating a superior American League team (ie: Red Sox). Chris Carpenter was 1-7 going into Thursday night’s game against the Phillies, and he came out of it looking like Bob Feller.

Sixers inactive in possible draft day deals

It appears that the rumors surrounding possible Sixers trades going into the 2011 NBA Draft  were just that. There were no trades with the Warriors, T-Wolves or Lakers involving Metta World Peace (the artist formerly known as Ron Artest). In typical Sixers fashion, there was nothing exciting. The team drafted Nikola Vucevic from UCLA with the 16th pick. Vucevic was the tallest player taken in the draft, and is known for having a high basketball IQ. The Sixers are high on him. But then again, the Sixers were high on Sharone Wright. Not exactly a move that’s going to make me run to the phone to buy season tickets. The Sixers also took Temple’s Lavoy Allen in the second round.

Just your typical Thursday in the world of Philly sports....


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