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Carter, Richards: Just two “Classic Canadian boys” with Cup dreams

Mar 1, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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Eight months after being violently separated from each other despite dual long-term contracts in Philadelphia, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi decided to pull the trigger on a deal that reunited Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

Lombardi provided this interesting quote to Kings reporter Rich Hammond regarding what some might label a risky move to bring them back together.

“Knowing these kids as people, deep down I think they are your classic Canadian boys who will dream of winning the Stanley Cup,’’ Lombardi said. “That will never leave them. Get some stuff out of your system and get back on track. You’re banking on what’s deeply inside of them, and they can get sidetracked like any young person.”

In his first two games as a King, Carter has been unable to register a point while Los Angeles lost a close one to Nashville and pounded Minnesota. A fairly large gap between games (Tuesday to Saturday) should give Carter a little time to digest the changes and take care of the little-but-actually-kinda-big-adjustments any player goes through after being moved.

And yes, maybe he’ll take the chance to “celebrate” the fact that he’s back with his old buddy and once-again teammate Richards.

(Click here to read that story, which is jam-packed with interesting details and quotes.)

  1. east96st - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Nothing against LA, but I really hope Carter never sees the Cup. He was such an unbelievable dbag the entire time in Columbus, I can’t help but want this guy to never taste success again. I understand fully that Columbus wasn’t what he wanted, what player would? But you handle what life gives you like a man, not like a whiny, petulant child. And we all know he didn’t refuse to cash any of Columbus’ checks, so go out and earn your pay. My 11 year old has more maturity, self respect, and a better work ethic than Carter does. LA might have gotten a goal scorer, but they also got a guy with absolutely no character and a guy who will flat out quit on the team when things go bad.

    • abrienza428 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      To prove your last statement, see Crosby’s empty net goal in game 6 of Pens/Flyers 2009 series.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Yea if the L.A. faithful think that Carter will be the difference in the playoffs, you’re for a rude awakening. Carter has a better disappearing act then Houdini. Look at his playoffs numbers. They don’t lie. It’s one thing to dream about winning the Cup. It’s another thing to put in the time and effort to hoist one. I don’t think Carter will ever have it in him.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Every “Classic Canadian Boy” is extremely insulted to be compared with a hair dying coke head

  3. barroomhero80 - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    As one of the LA faithful i was pissed when they traded JJ. Carter’s a joke

  4. blomfeld - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Blomfeld: excuse me ladies, but would you mind doing your business elsewhere ?

    east96st, icelovinbrotha, firstandonlywarning: what’s the problem sir ?

    Blomfeld: you’re the problem ! … I said get lost you freaks and get lost right now !

    east96st, icelovinbrotha, firstandonlywarning: okay, we’re sorry sir ! … we’re leaving now …


    This O’Brien creature has written a good article here, notwithstanding some of the “thinly-veiled” flippancy and innuendo. However, there needs to be some clarification here on events concerning our beloved LA Kings since Saturday:

    Saturday: Kings 4 – Chicago 0

    Monday: Nashville 2 – Kings 1

    Tuesday: Kings 4 – Minnesota 0

    the bottom line friends, is that we’re currently the hottest team in the NHL ! … yes siree, we LA Kings have crushed the opposition by a whopping score of 9-2 just during our last three games ! … and to be honest, we haven’t even brought our “big guns” to bear yet ! … so “come on” everybody, this is sure going to be one helluva ride ! … :)

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