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Heavy partying behind Richards, Carter deals?

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08:31 AM ET 07.26 | The shake-up in Philadelphia may run somewhat deeper than the numbers. The hard-partying ways of Flyers' captain Mike Richards and center Jeff Carter played a major role in the organization's decision to trade both players in June, say two Flyers who played with the pair last season. Carter was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets for free agent forward Jakub Voracek and first and third-round picks in the draft, and Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. The 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.

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July 26, 2011  08:33 AM ET

It's a shame to have that much talent and waste it on long nights of partying. No one wins in this situational trading.

July 26, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Good thing for Richards there's no partying in LA.

Carter's heavy partying in Columbus might have more to do with Tupperware.

July 26, 2011  09:04 AM ET

haven't the Philly guys been saying this for weeks?

July 26, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Hockey players that like to drink? Say it ain't so....

July 26, 2011  09:21 AM ET

The Broad Street Bullies are collectively rolling their eyes.

July 26, 2011  09:22 AM ET

To me this is the teams way of spinning why they broke up their team.

July 26, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good thing for Richards there's no partying in LA.Carter's heavy partying in Columbus might have more to do with Tupperware.

LA is sort of like being in a monastery, right? Pray, eat a biscuit. Maybe a sip of wine, maybe a bucket of wine, maybe fall in a vat of wine. Maybe head over to the convent, maybe..............oh wait, never mind.

July 26, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

To me this is the teams way of spinning why they broke up their team.

Looks like it. They still put up the points and Holmgren is crossing his fingers he made the right moves.

July 26, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's a shame to have that much talent and waste it on long nights of partying. No one wins in this situational trading.

Are these the only two players in the history of pro sports spending sizeable chunks of their huge paychecks living it up?

I think Truth & Rumors should officially change its name to Innuendo & Gossip. That's what we got yesterday with the Boogaard hatchet job and now this.

July 26, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

To me this is the teams way of spinning why they broke up their team.

No, this is credible. Their reps were well know amongst the fanbase. Snider is very conscious of how the Flyers are perceived publicly so I don't doubt it played a part in the decision to trade them.

July 26, 2011  09:56 AM ET

It's all but tradition for hockey players to drink. I don't have a problem with that cuz i been known to throw more than a few back on occassion. I don't show up to work hung over all the time though. That might hve ben were the problems were starting. I dunno. This topic is a dead horse that's been beaten since the trades.

July 26, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good thing for Richards there's no partying in LA.Carter's heavy partying in Columbus might have more to do with Tupperware.

Columbus is a college town. Carter will have noooooo trouble finding a party there. I'm curious to see how this all plays out. What kind of stories will come out of Columbus and LA about these two.

July 26, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Columbus is a college town. Carter will have noooooo trouble finding a party there. I'm curious to see how this all plays out. What kind of stories will come out of Columbus and LA about these two.

Oh good, co-eds, what could possibly go wrong there.

I thought he liked older women, ya know like other player's wives?

July 26, 2011  10:06 AM ET

I heard Laviolette put a 'no-drinking' system in place. He lost the locker room on Long Island with Peca and Aucoin and a few others back in 2003....I guess this time the players were sent away instead of the coach.

July 26, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hockey players that like to drink? Say it ain't so....

I am as surprised as you are to hear this.

July 26, 2011  10:14 AM ET

How is this news now when it was pretty much gospel the day it happened over a month ago?

July 26, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

How is this news now when it was pretty much gospel the day it happened over a month ago?

There's nothing to talk about except drinking in Philly and a washed up Russian on Long Island.

July 26, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I heard Laviolette put a 'no-drinking' system in place. He lost the locker room on Long Island with Peca and Aucoin and a few others back in 2003....I guess this time the players were sent away instead of the coach.

sounds like Nolan would have been a really good fit for Philly with Carter & Richards.

July 26, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Ted Nolan

 
July 26, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

No, this is credible. Their reps were well know amongst the fanbase. Snider is very conscious of how the Flyers are perceived publicly so I don't doubt it played a part in the decision to trade them.

I mean really how do you know this is credible? Have any players come out and said this, or is this the team "leaking" things to the press. I am sure the Flyers have had and currently have many players who like to frequent the city's establishments.
This is the team proactively building in an excuse if/when these trades don't work out.

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