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Mike Richards makes his triumphant (?) return to Philly

Oct 14, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

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Former Flyers captain Mike Richards is back in Philadelphia, only this time he’s going to be suiting up in the opponents locker room as part of a team with Stanley Cup hopes. Richards’ trade in the offseason to Los Angeles from Philly came as a shock, but seeing him come back now so early in the season (Saturday at 7 p.m.) with his new team is a bit of a switch for the guys in Philly, including the guy he was traded for in Wayne Simmonds.

Sam Carchidi of Broad St. Bull talked with the current Flyers to get their take on Richards’ return and Scott Hartnell had the most fun with it.

“It’s good to see a good buddy that we had a lot of laughs with,” he said. “….I’m sure we’ll have a couple on the ice (Saturday), but when push comes to shove, he’ll be rolling over me to get the puck in the corner and I’ll be doing the same to him.”

Hartnell said it took Richards a while to “wrap his head around” the trade, but that he has accepted it and his mind “is in a good place now.”

These meetings are always a little awkward and even more so when they happen early in the season. New guys are still getting used to life with their new teams and those team bonds aren’t always formed right away.

In Richards’ case, playing in Philly gives the Flyers fans the chance to either show appreciation for his time in Philly, or give him the standard visiting player salute. Maybe Flyers fans will show their respect by booing him but holding off on throwing batteries.

  1. cakrywyj - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Hey, maybe in an ironic turn of generic Philly jabs, Santa Claus will arrive to throw a D battery or two. Then he’ll get boo’ed back to the North Pole. That might cause the national media’s head to explode.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      Haha well said. The fans will cheer him for the most part. But the media hopes for the exact opposite.

  2. kandh2004 - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    This website hopes that they throw snowballs with batteries in it so they can have something to post just another bad attempt at comedy on the behalf of Philly fans. I thought they were suppose to post new stories on here but here we go again

  3. trigzter - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    he’ll get his standing ovation along with gagne. carter we’ll get his when columbus comes to town November 5th.

    • trigzter - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

      will*

  4. ll8078 - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    The “Philly Fans Suck” articles are about as annoying as ESPN and Brett Favre.

    I’d rather read some insight than another un-original typically un-true jab at people you’ll never listen to when they try to defend themselves.

  5. buffalotears - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Hey, maybe he will bone hartnell’s wife this time at center ice

  6. psudu - Oct 15, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Is there going to be a story about the standing ovation that Richie received by the Flyers fans? The score board thanked him and the fans gave him the standing ovation…but I guess that doesnt make for a good story…no way to try and rip on Philly fans in that story.

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