First and foremost, this blog is simply to provide a fun conversation as well as enjoying some of the rumors that are going on.
It is no secret that the Flyers are struggling, and in the cap era this seems to be the only time that major trades really have any traction. For the most part this also brings about big dealings at the deadline. In relation to the Flyers I have heard there is some tension between some of the Leadership in the locker room. It seems that Pronger may be good on the ice, but in that room's chemistry may have been kerosene on a fire that was starting to grow. I don't know how Lappy fits in there, but he was great for the Avs.
Lupul was traded this summer, and much speculation was made that he was traded to give the younger guys a message that they were supposed to be there to play hockey. Richards at points has pouted in front of the media. How much of this is rumor, and how much is true, and to what extent I don't know.
Now there seems to be, in my opinion, two central figures in the current locker room "issues" that the Flyers are dealing with. One being Mike Richards, and the other is Chris Pronger. Both are signed for the long term. If they can't resolve their issues, and Pronger thinks Richards is immature, and Richards thinks Pronger is trying to take his team what do you do? (Flyers fans are welcome to correct this perception)
In my humble opinion, I would trade Richards. You can't trade Carter, and you can't trade some of your other prospects that the future is built around. However, Richards was made Captain in order to lead the new prospects. However, with Pronger signed long term is that necessary? Pronger is also cheaper to keep for the long term based on cap numbers.
Jeff Carter is un-tradeable based solely on goal production. Hartnell might be an easier trade for the fan base, but he is affordable and based on what I read on this sight the fans love him(not that they don't love Richards). Giroux isn't likely traded, and other prospects the Flyers have aren't likely either.
So that brings me to the Avs, if you were Sherman would you make a call to the Flyer's organization and ask what it would take to get Richards? My proposal would be Stastny and a 2nd rounder for Richards, and one other contract(Flyers fans tell me who you would let go of) to be able to afford him.
The thing is that it feels like the Flyers are losing momentum fast and the Avs could use a guy like Richards as well for personality, grit, and Penalty kill.
What do you think about Stastny setting up Carter for goals? Paul is a passer and would likely do very well with that pairing. Stastny is also very good defensively and is strong on the puck. Any takers?
If not that trade what would you trade if you were the GM's of the prospective teams? Would you trade at all? If not why? Lets have some fun with this one, love blogs where we play GM.