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NHL Trades Abound!

The past few minutes have been very exciting, and NHL GMs have been incredibly busy. There have been two has been one confirmed trade and one trade waiting in the wings:

Trade One
The Flyers trade Jeff Carter to Columbus for Jakub Voracek, a 2011 1st round pick (#8 overall) and a 2011 3rd round pick.

Trade Two
The Flyers have traded Kris Versteeg to Florida. Details pending.

Trade Three Two
The Flames have asked Robyn Regehr to waive his no movement clause for a trade to Buffalo.

Note: These have been broken by a few sources on Twitter.

Update: The second trade has been refuted by Bob McKenzie.

Update 4:00pm: The Flyers appear to have traded Mike Richards to the LA Kings for a package including Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick. This one still needs to be confirmed. This has been confirmed.

It’s amazing, my first reaction is to wonder what the Flyers are doing. It’s like they are rebuilding their entire team, but they didn’t need to. I didn’t think they would trade both Richards and Carter, let alone on the same day!

They certainly got a good haul for both players, but wow.

Update 4:20pm: Ok, now that the dust has settled, let’s take a step back. Clearly the locker room in Philly was a disaster, and something needed to be done. Each deal separately is a win/win for both sides.

To sum it up for the Flyers, they lose Carter and Richards. They gain Voracek, Schenn, Simmonds, and about $10 million in cap space to sign Bryzgalov. They also gain a top-ten pick in this year’s draft, which will also help them down the road. They may suffer a bit this year, but the Flyers are now loaded up for the future. This is now Claude Giroux’s and James van Riemsdyk’s team.

14 Responses to “NHL Trades Abound!”

  1. Michael Gleich says:

    they dont actually gain $10 mil in cap space though that is why so many are touting them in the Brad Richards derby. They lose the $10 mil from Richards and Carter, but Schenn is on the hook for $3.1 and Simmonds and Voracek probably getting $3-3.5 combined on their RFA deals. Net the savings is likely around 4 million.

  2. Brian SCS says:

    I’m shocked by the Richards deal, didn’t see this coming. Schenn is an outstanding prospect but I would have expected much more in return for Richards. Bryzgalov is a good goalie but trading away two all-star centers to pay a goalie over $5mil doesn’t seem like a great move.

  3. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I think in the long run Philly got better, that is a lot of quality depth they just procured.

  4. jerry says:

    according to capgeek they have about 7 mil in space

  5. jerry says:

    im shocked they did this.neither of them were old.what a shake up.dont understand this one.

    • The Suit says:

      Its all about chemistry. And this team didn’t have it. Plus there was more going on behind the scenes there than any of us realize.

      Good move for both teams.

  6. Walt says:

    Folks the reason the Flyers made the moves they did was because Richards had an affair with Hartnells wife, and caused major problems in their locker room. The team came down on both sides, and the locker room was a rotten place to be. I read this in the Philly papers way back during the season.

    • Dave says:

      I thought that was Carter that banged Hartnell’s wife?

    • Fotiu is God says:

      Walt:
      It was Jeff “Backdoor” Carter who liaised with Hartnell’s better half.

      See all the online images from Flyer blogsites of a besotted Carter at The Jersey Shore. The boy got around. His pickup line was, “You don’t know who I am?!”

      Don’t know how that’ll go over in Ohio.

      As for the personnel headed to Broad Street: Simmonds is an animal in the corners; Schenn’s got tons of upside (I live in Cali, see a lot of The Kings, my best friend is the teams’ ENT).

      But as a Blueshirt fanatic I love this deal. Not only terribly effective in all three zones, Richards is a heart ‘n soul player if not a leader-by-example. Now we don’t see him six or seven times a year.

      • The Suit says:

        No one banged Hartnell’s wife. That was a rumor that was started on the internet and was vehemently shot down 2 years ago. Even the Philly mainstream media called the rumor a joke.

        They had locker room problems, but no one was banging anyone’s wife. Post that garbage elsewhere.

  7. Matt J says:

    Between hartnells wife and pronger the team fell apart. How can anyone want pronger in the locker room? Edmonton still hasn’t recovered from their rental of him.

  8. Sioux-per-man says:

    The only thing Philly didn’t have last year was a goalie that could win the big game. They still have a strong defense, and a much better goalie now. They will be tough to score on, but will they score enough to win. We’ll see.

  9. Steven says:

    The Flyers just became the Rangers with a a couple more talented Kids.

    They must think the yound kids are ready to take over. Problem in now those kids are the top guys and can not float under the rader a little.

    We will see but I think these were bad moves just to get a goalie for 9 years.