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Kings’ Richards on Carter trade rumors: “I talk to him probably three or four times a week”

Feb 20, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

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LA Kings forward Mike Richards has heard all the trade rumors surrounding his struggling team.

But given his history, one has to stand out above the rest — L.A. acquiring his former Flyers teammate and best friend, Columbus center Jeff Carter.

“There’s no secret to the possibility of him being traded,” Richards told “Obviously, if he came here, that would be a benefit to our team.”

It’s been just over two weeks since Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch broke news that Carter had been put on the trading block. Things have heated up ever since and on Saturday, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reported the following:

“They [Columbus] will try to trade Jeff Carter to the L.A. Kings and re-unite him with Mike Richards, who he’s close buddies with and played with in Philadelphia.

“There is a sense that the Kings are interested in Jeff Carter — very much so.”

Fellow CBC analyst Glenn Healy followed this up by explaining that Carter’s no-trade/no-movement clauses didn’t transfer over to Columbus, so there are no contractual issues preventing a deal.

Today Portzline talked to Jackets GM Scott Howson, who said that while a deal wasn’t imminent, things were getting close.

“We’re waiting for the right deals,” Howson said. “We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”

Which brings us back to Richards and the Kings. After Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Calgary (their fourth 1-0 loss of the season), the Kings found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture, mired in a 120-minute scoreless streak. Their need for offense has moved past critical and into “dire” territory — and it just so happens Richards has kept tabs on his old Philly running mate, who averaged 38 goals per year over the last three seasons.

“I talk to him probably three or four times a week,” he said. “It’s one of those things where people have a lot of pressure. It’s a business, as I learned in the summertime, and there’s a lot of pressure on people to make the right moves.”

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  1. pkswally024 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Good idea, re-unite the party boys in LA. Then again, maybe they learned their lesson.

    • eastcoastcynic - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      As far as the party boys are concerned, it seems to me that Richards wants another Rat to have fun with in the Cheese Factory party town that LA is.

  2. jagrbomb18 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Carter sucks

  3. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I hope they do re-unite these two twinks, so filthy can see exactly how dumb their GM really is. Sad thing is that most Philly fans are brainwashed into the thinking that they are somehow better off without them. Maybe this trade will shed light on how delusional that fan base really is

    • dmacirish - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      yes very delusional. i would much rather have him the voracek – i mean lets look at the facts shall we. carter has 22 points in 38 games and voracek has 33 points in 57 games. you are right on with the ratio argument, by the time carter makes it to 57 games he should have more points then voracek does but as with what has been the case we must raise the question – can carter make it to 57 games this season?

      • east96st - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        Not to get in the middle, but you need to be reasonable. Carter is playing for the Jackets. Would you be in any kind of rush to get back from an injury to play for Columbus? I’d probably break my own fingers just to miss as much of the season as possible. It’s excoriating to watch. I would imagine it feels like a knee to the groin every shift you’re on the ice. Team is horrible and is being run by three of the dumbest mofos in sports, McConnell, Priest, and Howson. I’m surprised these guys don’t run into traffic in front of Nationwide Arena and take their chances with getting hit by the nearest car.

    • dmacirish - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      *then – sorry for the spelling
      ** i was being sarcastic with the “very delusional”
      ***neal is spelled neal not neil or kneel – douche
      **** how is that contract going to treat you with neal?

    • tcclark - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Simmonds has more goals and more assists than Richards and actually plays a position of need. He is also younger, plays the same kind of style, and is a good character guy. Oh, and he’s half the price. That already seems like we got the better end of that deal, but we also got Brayden Schenn, who is looking pretty damn good. Why are we missing Richards?

      As for Carter, how would we be better off with him? With him, he’d still be hurt, without him, we actually have players on the Ice. I love Jake Voracek’s game and he doesn’t have to shoot 12 shots a game like Carter. And Couturier is going to be a stud.

      Penguins fans’ comments really show me that comedy is dead in Western Pennsylvania.

  4. joeypucks - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Richard Sucks!

  5. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    dmacarish – you are so witty and halarius. why don’t you just stop posting on this site, you make my eyes bleed with the boredom and unintelligent comments that fart out of your fingers on your cum stained keyboard

    • dmacirish - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      really, that is your intelligent reply? cmon you can do better then posting some offensive words under an equally offensive name. flyers are better off without carter. i liked richards – even if he partied a bunch. how’s crosby doing? players can be talented and superstars, but if they cant skate (even if they are hurting themselves as was suggested above) then they cant score goals or help their hockey team win. and please stop giving yourself thumbs up no one likes your comments really.

  6. flyeredup2 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    So glad that those 2 clowns are out of Philly, let LA deal with all the on and off ice issues they bring with them. Richards has so much talent, he just forgets to bring it with him to most games, maybe b/c he’s hungover alot? Carter only has a good wrist shot, his skating is average at best, and his stick handling is terrible, he can’t create for himself and needs others to set him up for scoring chances. The young talent we got for those guys will blow them away in the long run.

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