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Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:07 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:42 am

How the Kings reunited Richards and Carter


By: Adam Gretz

Between 2005 and 2011 Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were two of the cornerstone pieces of the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

They were both drafted by the team in what turned out to be one of the best draft years the NHL has ever seen (2003). They made their debuts during the same season (2005-06). And for the better part of six seasons they were two of the best players in Philadelphia, until they were both traded last summer in separate deals on the same day, with Richards going to the Los Angeles Kings and Carter being sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On Thursday night, the two were reunited once again in Los Angeles as the Kings continued to do their part to seemingly move the Flyers westward one player at a time.

In the end, it took three separate transactions involving three teams, six players and four draft picks to make it happen. And here is how it all went down.

June 23, 2011: The Flyers started their massive roster overhaul by trading Carter to Columbus for forward Jakub Voracek, Columbus' first-round pick in 2011 (No. 7 overall, which the Flyers eventually used to select Sean Couturier), and a third-round pick in 2011 (which the Flyers used to select Nick Cousins).

June 23, 2011:Not long after Carter was shipped to Columbus, the other shoe dropped in Philadelphia with the bombshell that Richards, their captain, would be sent to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn and the Kings second-round pick in 2012.
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February 23, 2012: The Kings reunited Carter and Richards by sending defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to Columbus in exchange for Carter, just eight months, 39 games and 15 goals after the Blue Jackets acquired him.

When you get right down to it, the Kings traded what amounts to Schenn, Simmonds, Johnson, a second-round draft pick and what very well could be a mid-to-late first-round draft pick for Carter and Richards. That doesn't seem all that outrageous of a price for two big-time, two-way forwards that should be able to provide above average offense and strong defensive play for the foreseeable future. While also being signed long-term (in the case of Carter, very long-term. Through 2022).

Go back one year, Kings fans, and ask yourselves if you would have taken that deal to land both players. It's very possible, if not likely, that none of the players given up will ever be as good as Carter and Richards currently are, and it didn't involve them giving up any of their own franchise players (Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown). 

Of course, that's not to say things haven't worked out OK for the Flyers, as Simmonds is having a breakout year in Philadelphia and Couturier (acquired as part of the original Carter trade with Columbus) looks as if he has a shot to be a really strong player in the future, already playing a decent role for the Flyers as an 18-year-old rookie.

But the team that appears to come out on the short end of it all is the Blue Jackets.

Over the past eight months Columbus has essentially traded Voracek and the draft picks that turned out to be Couturier and Cousins and come away with only Johnson and the aforementioned draft pick from the Kings (which, again, may be at the back end of the first round). With eight months of Carter thrown in the middle. General manager Scott Howson said on Thursday he doesn't regret the initial trade for Carter, just that it didn't work out. And perhaps Carter deserves some (or a lot) of the blame for it not working out better than it did. But at this point, it's hard to look at Columbus and not see a ship that's aimlessly floating around without any real direction.

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 11:36 am

Ryan Rupert receives 5-game suspension for slash

By: Adam Gretz

Over the weekend we pointed you in the direction of Friday's Ontario Hockey League game between the London Knights and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and the ugly incident that took place at the conclusion of the Greyhounds' 4-3 win.

Knights forward Ryan Rupert took exception to Nick Cousins firing a puck toward the empty net at the opposite end of the ice after the horn had sounded, as well as what appeared to be some trash talk, and responded by delivering a two-handed baseball bat-style slash to Cousins' mid-section, and then started throwing punches as he fell to the ice.

It was an ugly incident, and a suspension was inevitable. The only question was how many games would Rupert be forced to miss. On Tuesday evening the league gave us the answer, and it might be significantly shorter than you were expecting.

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Five games. That's it. Nothing more.

Less than a week earlier the OHL suspended Niagara IceDogs forward, and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, Tom Kuhnhackl 20 games for a hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy.

Based on that decision, combined with the ugliness of the Rupert-Cousins incident, this seems like it falls incredibly short of what needed to be done. Twenty games seems like it would have been the starting point.

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Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 6:22 pm

Ugly incident at end of OHL game

By: Adam Gretz

We take you to the Ontario Hockey League for what is perhaps the ugliest incident we've seen in hockey this season, and perhaps will see all year.

At the conclusion of Friday's game between the London Knights and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, a game the Greyhounds won by a 4-3 margin, Greyhounds player Nick Cousins fired a puck at the empty net at the opposite end of the ice after time had expired. His celebration then took him into the path of Knights player Ryan Rupert. After Cousins bumped into him, and appeared to say something, Rupert turned around and delivered a vicious two-hand baseball bat style slash right to Cousins' stomach.

And then he dropped his gloves and started to throw punches as Cousins dropped to the ice, resulting in the emptying of both benches.

It goes without saying that a lengthy suspension is coming, and it's worth asking if Rupert will suit up in a game again this season.

Just last week the OHL handed out a 20-game suspension to Niagara Ice Dogs forward Tom Kuhnhackl for his hit to the head on Ryan Murphy.

Cousins, a Flyers draft pick back in the June draft, has a reputation for being a bit of an agitator on the ice, and he definitely demonstrated some of that at the end of the game. But that's still no excuse for Rupert's actions. It was ugly, and earned him whatever punishment the OHL hands out.

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