This is my first post on HockeyBuzz, so most of you probably won't see it, but I just wanted a place to speak my mind about Philadelphia hockey. So here it goes:
Not many people were shocked when the Flyers shipped out Jeff Carter. The same can't be said for that of Mike Richards. Two of the Flyers elite players gone, but Paul Holmgren did know what he was doing. Carter would provide 30 goal years, but always fizzled out down the strech and during the playoffs. Richards didn't seem all there during the playoffs. He seemed as if his mind just wasn't in the game. When the locker rooms needed its pep talks, Richards wasn't there, Danny Briere was. Carter, of course, was mainly traded for the cap room to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, but also in return the Flyers received Jakub Voracek and the 8th overall draft pick, which was used to draft Sean Coturier. For Richards, the Flyers received prized prospect Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Although Richards and Carter were two of the Flyers top players, I do believe that they are now better. Jakub Voracek is a skilled young winger who has 134 points in his first 3 NHL seasons. Carter, on a more skilled team, had 132 points through 3 seasons. Brayden Schenn could be the Flyers next great thing. One of the most prized prospects in the NHL, this 19 year old can flat out play. Wayne Simmonds plays exactly the Flyers style of hockey, a bruiser who can put up points. Sean Coturier, who I consider a steal at the 8th overall pick has the potential to be an amazing player. These players can fill the voids left by Richards and Carter. Along with Claude Giroux, James Van Reimsdyk and the rest of the experienced Flyers team (also know with the addition of a number one goaltender), you can expect the Flyers to make a run at the cup for years to come.