Philadelphia Flyers: Blockbuster Trades Send Mike Richards, Jeff Carter Packing

Russ GodekContributor IIIJune 23, 2011

Well folks, the Flyers have completely gutted their offense and look to be building for the future.

The Flyers completed two stunning blockbuster trades today. First, Jeff Carter was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jakub Voracek, a first-round pick and a third-round pick.

Then, shortly after, team captain Mike Richards was sent to the Los Angeles Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and an undetermined draft pick.

This move by the Flyers puts the team $13.24 million below the salary cap and could be a sign they are committed to signing goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, no matter the cost.

This move also could confirm the rumors that swirled about the locker room in Philadelphia being a mess.

I believe the Flyers made out on these deals, as I never put much weight into either player. Richards lacks the supposed "leadership" that many tout.

Carter meanwhile, has had trouble showing up in the playoffs when his team has needed him most. I believe this move makes sense for the Flyers, who possibly came to the realization that their current lineup was not getting it done when it mattered.