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Richards, Carter on being traded: “We were pretty mad; I’m not going to lie”

May 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

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You didn’t need to be an insider to tell that Mike Richards – and particularly Jeff Carter – didn’t take kindly to being traded from the Philadelphia Flyers. (Carter’s dismay was the most obvious; he took days to comment on what would end up being a short stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets.)

While sports are a “business,” it’s understandable that the two were upset. Both signed lengthy contracts under the assumption that they’d stick with the team that drafted them for possibly the rest of their careers. Now they’re back together with the Los Angeles Kings and with their new team already in the Stanley Cup finals, the questions are naturally cropping up.

Richards didn’t deny that the trades burned them both, as he told Stephen Whyno.

“We were pretty mad. I’m not going to lie,” Richards said. “It’s something that I’ve never had before. I’ve never been traded; Jeff’s never been traded. For us to be traded at the same time, I think was a lot of venting to each other.”

Their former head coach and current Kings assistant John Stevens echoed the sentiment of many people in the organization when he praises the addition of Carter, whose presence seemingly rounded out the Los Angeles offense. Stevens said “you can check off a lot of things on your list when you add Jeff Carter to your team.”

Then again, Carter and Richards made it this far not too long ago, as they represented the Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals. The fact that they were traded soon after that lengthy run shows Richards that they need to make good on this reunion.

“It’s frustrating at first, but I couldn’t be happier now,” Richards said. “We get that second opportunity. Now we definitely have to take advantage of it.”

  1. ndrick731 - May 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Richards is a cancer that will destroy that team in a few years.

    • laleafs - May 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Richards finishes checks, can score, can playmake, is one of the best penalty killers in the game, is pretty much what I envision when I think of great all-around players. Toews. Giroux. Richards. These guys play like Messier and Yzerman did. Flyers had a lot of talent upfront and they decided that they could live without Richards. Their loss, our gain, the guy has been awesome and in addition to his Olympic Gold Medal (and Memorial Cup title and World Junior title), he’s about to get himself a Stanley Cup. Cancers aren’t usually winners, this guy wins everywhere he goes. Pronger or Pinnochio, or whoever drove Richards out of town – you are an idiot.

      • nhmac - May 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Amen brotha.

      • HitsDingers - May 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        This is insanely weird for me, but I’m a Philly fan rooting harder for LA than I ever have in any sport. Homer did Richie and Carter kinda dirty up here, but I loved watching those guys play. You can point to a bunch of flaws on those two, but heart certainly isn’t one of them.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      2 Cup finals in 3 years?

      They must be terrible players

    • puckish27 - May 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Build a team around Richards, Carter, and Patty Kane… They all like to drink, and they all want a big silver mug to sip from.

      What are we running here, a dance contest?

  2. jimw81 - May 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Ask those two morons about dry island and how it destroy the team.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      To both of you amateurs: what chirps are you going to throw out when those ‘morons’ or ‘cancers’ or whatever get their names on the Cup? I love Marty Brodeur, but he won’t steal 4 games in this series. If he does then he deserves his own cathedral in the HHOF.

      You probably won’t, but I’ll go to the Hall and see those two “losers” names engraved the same way Gretzky’s name is engraved on that thing.

    • irishjackmp - May 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      Serously, would both of you just stop with the “those guys are cancers” routine? I live in Philly. I keep waiting for the stories about how they were cancers (not vauge references that they were drinking too much down in olde city). ALL of it came from one reporter (Tim Pinnaccio) whose sole goal it seems to to get headlines for himself.

      Both John Stevens and Ron Hextall were with Philly during their years there… heck… Stevens was their head coach. Don’t you think the LA front office grilled Stevens to see if he had any reservations about their character??? Do you think LA would have made either trade if Stevens had any concerns??? They were moved because they needed to clear serious cap space to sign Bryzgolov. So amazingly, the club, after seeing them in a flyers uniform for several years each, were so impressed with their character they were willing to give both of them a 10+ year contract but in the span of one season they somehow became “cancers”???

      If people want to trash these guys they should give specific instances of how they were cancers… not just parrot what Pinnachio says.

      They are both now going to their second stanley cup finals in three years… I don’t know too many “cancers” who have accomplished that.

      • HitsDingers - May 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Panotch’s headline tomorrow: irishjackmp (drunk) Tries to Sabotage PHT, Succeeds

  3. blomfeld - May 30, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Carter and Richards are both “class” acts ! … and they’re an integral part of us ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jpat2424 - May 30, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Just a couple of classless flyers fans still feeling the affect of getting butts beat by hawks for the cup two years ago.

    • sewell1977 - May 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      I’m a Flyers fan, and I have to say I miss Richie in orange & black. High & wide I could care less about.

  5. flyeredup - May 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    2 totally horrible moves that need to cost Holmgren his job.

  6. flyers22 - May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    flyeredup how can u possibly say those were horrible moves? do you know anything about hockey or do u just think that because the players we got are not as good as richards and carter in nhl 12? while richards is playing like a machine carter has not done a single thing in the playoffs. what we got for both of those players put out team in a lot better shape for years to come. how were the flyers suppose to keep richards carter giroux and briere all at center? you cant. Giroux is turning into one of the best players in the world and voracek and simmonds had career years not to mention how well schenn and couturier played and they are still 19 and 20! this team has a lot of cap room and a little upgrade on defense and this team will win a cup.

  7. nhmac - May 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Richie is absolutely disgusting and there aren’t many guys in the league I’d rather have on my team. He does it all, heart and soul guy. Deeming him any less than a very good player shows one knows nothing about the sport.

  8. truehockeyfan - May 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    They were “cancers”……I live right near Sea Isle City where they would get so drunk at the local golf course the police would pick them up and take them home. My best friend was the chef at the course and worked for the owner at his campground who knew them personally. Richards and Carter were asked on more than one occasion not to drink and sign and agree that it was a dry island for certain time period …each refused. It caused a rift in the locker room between them and the vets like Timmonen,Pronger etc. They went to a team that already had talent not to mention a top tier goaltender so don’t make it sound like they put the kings on their shoulders that’s getting ridiculous. Holmer did what was best for the flyers the got younger and more talented. Is Richards a great addition to LA of course but he’s no captain hence less pressure….I’d say let’s see what the future brings before everyone starts talking trash especially when they don’t know the whole story!

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