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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
 

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.

Photo: Getty Images

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Hockey players have been partying for years. That's what they do. During the 2010 playoffs, there were Blackhawks all over Chicago on a nightly basis. And remember the picture of a shirtless Kane sitting in a limo with Madden, Versteeg and a small army of ugly Vancouver girls? That was during the playoffs. That worked out OK for the Blackhawks, yeah? And Luongo and crew were out shutting down a few Chicago bars during this season's playoff. Hockey players drink, party and have a good time. They're also all pretty decent guys. So what?



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

Just what exactly were those two celebrating to drink so much?? 



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

I agree with the Kings comment redwingfan.  They have one heck of a team now.



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

They were two of my favorite Flyers and they will be missed.  I don't buy into the "moved because of partying" because if that were the case, MANY sports figure would be constantly on the move. Also, they made it to game 6 against the Blackhawks, not 7 redwingfan.  Remember, on the goal that 90% of people didn't even see :-(



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

i still feel that moving these two guys was less than intelligent. You keep Pronger who is a hundred years old and injury prone, and bring in a guy who has probably been doing in Russia what these two kids are being accused of, but with a liver thats twice their age. They took you to game 7 against one of the strongest teams ive seen play in the chicago blackhawks, and then you ship them out to keep a couple of guys who are going to sail into the sunset permaneantly in the next few years. The kings are going to kick ass and you guys are not nearly as competitive without those two. I dont get this move or these accusations as long as they are performing you should not have touched base with anyone about a trade.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

If the Flyers were really trying to get the party animals out of their locker room, explain the signing of Jagr
Great, so you move at least one guy with heart and great two way play (Richards) and replace them with Jagr, who has a history of being a lazy one-way player with no heart.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

i heard this through th emiddle of last season by people seeing them out alot on the town . who knows there gone now



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

KHB, you couldn't afford to live in the suburbs of Philly. Do your homework before you make a comment like that.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

I would drink to if I had to live in Philadelphia.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Partying played part in Carter, Richards moves?

I wonder how much truth there is to this rumor.  If the Flyers were really trying to get the party animals out of their locker room, explain the signing of Jagr.


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