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Mike Richards to LA for Schenn and Simmonds

From Gord Miller at TSN via Twitter:

Mike Richards to LA for a package including Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds? Hearing from good sources that it could happen.

And from Bob McKenzie

Unconfirmed reports that Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds would be PHI bound. But not done yet. Could happen. Stay tuned.

Update 4:09pm ET: TSN story

The overhaul of the Philadelphia Flyers continued on Thursday, as the club shipped captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings.

Coming back to the Philadelphia are forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

Update 4:30pm ET: Note—Philadelphia also received a 2nd round pick from LA in this trade.

added 5:07pm,

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired center Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forwards Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second round draft selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Richards, who served as the Flyers’ captain for the past three years, is 26 years old.  He is signed through the 2019-20 NHL season after inking a 12-year contract with Philadelphia in December of 2007.  Richards is a two-time 30-goal scorer who has averaged 28 goals, 42 assists and 70 points over the last four seasons while playing in an average of 78 regular season games per year.  He has also during that time played in 57 total playoff games while helping lead Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.  During that playoff run he recorded 23 points in 23 playoff games.

Said Lombardi: “We felt at this stage of the franchise it was time to make a significant move for an impact player.  Mike Richards is not only one of the top players in the league, he’s also universally recognized as one of the finer leaders in the game and one of its elite competitors.  Additionally, given that he’s only 26-years-old and he’s on a long-term contract, he fits our plan now and for the long-term future.”

 

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To be honest I thought Richards would go before Carter, but both of them on the same day? I didn’t think that a poor finish to a dominant regular season for this team meant a retooling of the team. What the hell is going on in Philly today..

Posted by Liam on 06/23/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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I thought “Trader” Jack McKeon went back to the Marlins. I had no idea he’d taken over the Flyers.

Posted by Blackcloud on 06/23/11 at 06:09 PM ET

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So with these two moves and the assumption that they sign Bryzgalov, they’re going to go from a high scoring team with questionable goaltending to a team with great goaltending that can’t score?

I guess we can scratch a Philly/Buffalo Eastern Conference Finals matchup off the books, huh?

Posted by Garth on 06/23/11 at 06:09 PM ET

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Great “REGULAR SEASON” goaltending, no less.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/11 at 06:13 PM ET

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This is wild.

A few things come to mind:

- Briere/ClownHair/Leino had arguably the best line in the playoffs last year.
- Briere is being paid top dollar and has been a second line center.
- Giroux is a fantastic player.
- Lots of whacky off-ice stuff went down in that lockerroom.
- Both Carter and Richards were signed until 2040.

All of that and the Versteeg situation ain’t over with yet.  This is nuts.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/23/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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holy shit!  this is great news for the east, philly is completely overreacting here.  awesome!

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/23/11 at 06:17 PM ET

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Cue the circus music….

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 06/23/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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Holy hell did someone dump something in the water in Philly today?

Sure they just unloaded quite the salary, but they just lost a third of their offense. Lieno has yet to prove he can provide consistently through a season and produce in the playoffs. I take back what I said about Philly being able to sign Voracek; they have to now, they need his 50 points.

What the hell?

Cue the circus music….

Indeed.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/23/11 at 06:22 PM ET

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yeah, I think this is a locker-room thing, not a on-ice thing.

It’s not like Philly wont be able to replace what those two guys provided for them and at least might not have the distraction issue anymore either.  Richards I heard was starting to have locker-room issues and it lets them offer players like Leino who did exceptionally well for them in the playoffs, contracts.  All in all Philly still looks good and they at least have confidence in their goaltender now.. for now..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:24 PM ET

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Shades of the old Tampa Bay Lightning.  Jake Voracek went from a bad Columbus team to a poor Philadelphia team.

Posted by BK on 06/23/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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So long as Bryzgalov isn’t facing the Wings, his performance in the playoffs has been pretty solid.

Vs other teams in the playoffs:

9-5, 1.85 GAA, .937 Sv%

Agains the Wings in the playoffs:

3-8, 3.73 GAA, .896 Sv%

I find these back-to-back trades a bit odd for a couple of reasons.

1.  Successful teams tend to build down the middle and Philly just shipped off their top two cetnermen.  I have no doubts that Schenn will be a very good player at some point in his career, but he’ll be a rookie this year.  It’s not like Philly doesn’t have some decent centers, but they are much weaker at that position now than they were a few minutes ago.

2. With an ageing defense corps and a middle-aged Bryzgalov it seems sort of odd to switch gears and start going with some sort of youth movement up front with Schenn, Voracek and Simmonds.

Posted by Ajax19 on 06/23/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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I kinda wish we played for Richards not Carter…guess we should trust RJ’s inside info on that one, eh?

Posted by VandyBuck on 06/23/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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Leino was arguably their best forward the year they went to the final, in the post season, next to brier.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:26 PM ET

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I absolutely guarantee it’s a locker room thing. There were mentions of a disconnect between Richards and Laviolette. To me, this proves the disconnect was huge and irreparable. Also, Richards has a no-movement clause that kicks in either this summer or next, so it was now or never on him I think. I’m really excited they got a couple draft picks for this years draft and got some young players back as well as cap space. I know a lot of fans are going WTF, but, in two moves, we’ve freed up $11 million of cap space plus the $5 million the cap was going up to sign players, including a goalie who should be good with a defense and lightened workload around him now.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/23/11 at 06:28 PM ET

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NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Captain Leadership Traded ?? hahahahahahaha

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 06:32 PM ET

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What’s Philly doing??

Posted by Jesters Dead on 06/23/11 at 06:33 PM ET

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Paul Holmgren has to be aware that Philadelphia now lacks a top-line center.

They also now have cap space to go after Brad Richards…

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/11 at 06:35 PM ET

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Sorry - totally forgot that Briere played so much of last season as a center instead of winger.

Still…

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/11 at 06:38 PM ET

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Briere isn’t exactly chopped liver JJ, but I like where your heads on about B. Rich..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:39 PM ET

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Paul Holmgren has to be aware that Philadelphia now lacks a top-line center.

They also now have cap space to go after Brad Richards…

Not really. Even after they demote Leighton and place Laperrierre on LTIR, they’ll have less than $16 million to sign eight players. If Bryzgalov gets just $5 million and Voracek gets $2.5 million, they would have $8.5 million for six players. They have to get Bryzgalov signed prior to July 1; otherwise we may see Vancouver-esque riots in Philadelphia.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/23/11 at 06:45 PM ET

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While I wouldn’t put it past them, and they may not yet be done moving players, I am not sure if Philly really is in a position to sign Richards.  If rumors about Bryzgalov’s asking price - $7 million a year - are accurate, that’s going to eat up a lot of the freed up cap space and Philly still needs to re-sign Leino and work out deals with Voracek and Simmonds.

Posted by Ajax19 on 06/23/11 at 06:46 PM ET

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Twitter reporting Bryzgalov’s deal is done - 9 years $51M

$5.667M per year.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/11 at 06:47 PM ET

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back to the B Richards talkt hen?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:48 PM ET

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Not sure if Richards will play on the same line as Brown, but that could be nasty. In two years this trade should be reevaluated. The Kings are really close to getting over the 1st round hurdle, and I’m curious to see Schenn in the Show.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 06/23/11 at 06:48 PM ET

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Call me crazy, but I’m beginning to believe that Holmgren pulled off a coup today.

-102m and 20 years of contracts off their books.
-Giroux will become a more prominent leader on and off ice.
-Briere’s contract makes sense from a responsiblity standpoint.
-Voracek can and will be good (potentially really good).
-They have comfortably signed their goalie of the future (something they haven’t had in decades).
-Leino will be back.
-They have two first round and two second round picks this weekend to use as bait.
-They can trade Versteeg to Florida for a pick or two over the next few years.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/23/11 at 06:52 PM ET

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Should’ve added, Schenn can/will be a really good player and Simmonds can be a 20/20 guy.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/23/11 at 06:54 PM ET

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nailed it Leo, Holmgrens a freakin’ Mad Scientist

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 06:55 PM ET

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back to the B Richards talkt hen?

Approximately $10.2 million to sign seven players. If the Flyers want to fill their bottom six with AHL-caliber players, sure.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/23/11 at 06:56 PM ET

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My first reaction to the Richards trade was total shock, but upon further review, many regard Brayden Schenn as the #1 prospect in the game. Richards only scored 23 goals this year and he has a really lengthy contract. Maybe Philly thinks Schenn is ready to step in and contribute 20-25 goals right away, which would not be a totally unreasonable protection. Plus, he’s obviously younger and cheaper.

The Bryzgalov contract is nuts IMO, but whatever.

And I hope Jeff Carter enjoys being less recognizable in Columbus than Ohio State’s third-string punter.

Posted by Eric H. on 06/23/11 at 06:57 PM ET

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Today Holmgren is like Michael Corleone on the day of his nephew’s baptism, he is settling all family business.

Posted by Ajax19 on 06/23/11 at 06:58 PM ET

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Getting rid of one Richards for another Richards. Hmmmm:question:

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/23/11 at 06:59 PM ET

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You make some good points, Leo. But I see a lot of the word can used.

Likewise, if Crosby and Malkin can return to near full-strength and ability, the Flyers can’t match up with them.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/23/11 at 07:00 PM ET

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Posted by cs6687 on 06/23/11 at 05:00 PM ET

Many underestimate Giroux defensive play, he’s only gotten better and will continue to do so.  He’s also a solid scoring threat to go with it.

Leino-Briere-Clowny
VanR-Giroux-Voracek
Schenn-Lappy-Simmonds
Shelley-Betts-TBD

They’ll get another body or two inked, that is a solid team still able to compete right now when you add in the defense and the goaltending.

Never thought I’d say that after Richards and Carter got moved two hours ago.  Throw in the draft picks for this weekend and they’re gonna be a lot of fun to follow, I’m semi-jealous of Flyer fans this week.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/23/11 at 07:16 PM ET

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Lappy ???????????? he is done isn’t he ?

Posted by Evilpens on 06/23/11 at 07:27 PM ET

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Today Holmgren is like Michael Corleone on the day of his nephew’s baptism, he is settling all family business.

And Mr. Leadership just took one in the eye.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/23/11 at 07:31 PM ET

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didnt they buy out shelley?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 07:37 PM ET

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Paul Holmgren has to be aware that Philadelphia now lacks a top-line center.

They also now have cap space to go after Brad Richards…

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/23/11 at 04:35 PM ET

I think you nailed it. Trading Carter is one thing, but Richards was the head of the snake, and probably their best overall forward. With all due respect to Briere’s numbers, all he really does is wait in scoring position while his linemates do the hard work (what great hands, though). Giroux and JVR are both too young and unproven to pencil in as 80 point players indefinitely.

Off the ice, makes sense that Richards had to go (team can’t fire the Philly media). But on the ice, there’s not really anyone to plug all the holes his absence creates.

Add Brad Richards, though, and that’s an upgrade everywhere but PK…

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 07:58 PM ET

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Giroux will be, JVR is still searching for consistency but he’s a big hometown boy.

Funny how you view Briere, I remember watching him thinking I can’t believe that little shit goes to the net as hard as he does.  Guys compete level is top notch

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/11 at 08:00 PM ET

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Versteeg rumors are still floating around. Flyers got tried of Richards and Carter’s off the ice activities. Both of them showed zero heart this past season.

Posted by FlyersFan on 06/23/11 at 08:00 PM ET

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Giroux will be, JVR is still searching for consistency but he’s a big hometown boy.

Funny how you view Briere, I remember watching him thinking I can’t believe that little shit goes to the net as hard as he does.  Guys compete level is top notch

Around the net he’s gold. His blood is made of ice. Watch him on the cycle, on dump ins, in the neutral zone or in his own end, though, and you’ll see what I mean. If there’s no on-going scoring chance or hole he can jump into, Briere’s a complete spectator.

Briere will work, he just won’t do the ‘pleb’ work.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/23/11 at 08:23 PM ET

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