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Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 12:43 pm
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By Brian Stubits

Maybe there is something to the idea that the Jeff Carter and Mike Richards trades out of Philadelphia were really about more than the hockey.

That's the inclination I have after seeing what Philadelphia Daily News' Dan Gross reported on Monday.

Two unnamed players said that the Flyers front office was disappointed in Carter and Richards' longstanding party lifestyle and that teammates were concerned about the pair's drinking.

Shortly after his arrival in December 2009, coach Peter Laviolette instituted what players came to call the "Dry Island." Laviolette asked team members to commit to not drinking for a month, and each player was asked to write his number on a locker room board as a pledge. No. 17 (Carter) and No. 18 (Richards) were absent from the board on the first Dry Island, as well as the estimated five more times the policy was instituted.

In a phone interview Thursday, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that Richards and Carter hadn't put their numbers on the board, but said there had been others who declined. "We carry 23 players and there wasn't 23 numbers up there."

It's not as if this comes out of left field. There had long been plenty of talk about Carter (shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets) and Richards (traded to the Los Angeles Kings) being fans of having fun. So for those who believed the scuttlebutt, this will add more fuel to their fire.

But Holmgren and Carter's agent say the partying is a moot point; the moves were all about the game.

Holmgren was "really upset that this is out there. That's our locker room. Our inner sanctum. Our board. Someone's crossing a line here," in discussing the Dry Island.

Holmgren also said it was "preposterous" that partying was factored into the decision to trade Richards and Carter. "As far as Mike and Jeff are concerned, we made two good hockey trades that will better suit us now and for the future. Columbus is happy, L.A. is happy and the Flyers are happy with the deal."

Carter's agent, Rick Curran, told us it was "bull----" to suggest that the two were traded because of their partying. "You're telling me a number of accusations [that] they are out partying and not focused on hockey. For someone to suggest that behind doors without having the balls to come out publicly, consider it for what it is," Curran told us.

This could be a situation where both are telling the truth. Perhaps the two former Flyers did have a penchant for partying and that could have had nothing to do with their exits. Anything is possible. But none of it is helping the perception of either player, especially in Richards' case as he did wear the C in Philly.

Personally, I thought Richards and Carter got bum raps on their way out of town, taking some parting shots about the organization not going any farther with them. Seems to me they did all right for themselves, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with, to put it nicely, subpar goaltending on one occasion and helping the Flyers into annual contenders.

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Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

who the hell is Marchmont?


if this is how teams are operating there will be a lot of guys moved. as long as they performed on the ice which they did then.......save this crap for TMZ. Id love to have either one



It's Brad Marchand , If you're not Boston, you probably wouldn't get it.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

been partying since '93 then



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:52 am
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Yeah and the habs partied hard to all their cup years.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:50 am
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

If you think that Philly is close to being a cup finalist then these moves were a huge mistake. If I was coaching in the nhl, I would let the guys party during the year while working out a deal with them to not party in the play offs. Guys have to be able to let loose on the road and bond and all that good shit. That is how you develop the love for your teammates that you need in the play offs to push you up that extra notch. Plus there is no way anyone can be totally serious for 80 games and then be ready for the play offs.  Philly will be back too fighting for a play off spot this year. Who is going to want to play for philly management now?




Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:32 am
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

If anybody should be on dry island, it should be Holmgren. Somebody check his coffee to see what exactly is in it.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:42 am
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Hell the Bruins of the 70's were some of the best teams and they partied ALL the time. This story is crap and it doesnt mean anything.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:02 am
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

 Richards is an average player? Gimme a break, does a Leaf fans opinion even count anymore? He'd easily be your teams 2nd best player, maybe even first. Don't tell me you wouldn't want him on your pathetic squad.



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Oilers partied pretty hard in the 80s...

ask anyone in Alberta! 



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Richards is over paid and is just average player.



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

That's why the flyers are the flyers


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