Just wanted to hear thoughts on the Mike Richards trade.
I hated it at first because of Schenn, but I'm starting to come around. Lombardi, Murray and Hextall all came from the Flyers organization and they all say great things about him. He's a proven leader and is still only 26. We now have a lot of players signed long term that can help us make a run for the next few years.
Giving up Simmonds really doesn't bother me because I feel that he has really underachieved but I'm worried that Schenn has the ability to make us second guess this trade in a few years.
But we now have Brown, Kopitar, Williams, Richards, Stoll, Penner, and Richardson up front and Johnson, Doughty, Greene, Scuderi, and Mitchell on the blueline. Fill in the blanks from there and I like that team. We are also getting cap relief from Smyth and Handzus coming off the books so that could be what we use to fill in those blanks.
i love this trade!!!! richards is a beast on the forecheck and a hell of a PK man. he plays perfect for our system, he should fit in right away.
as for losing schenn and simmer.... i was looking forward to our third line of clifford-schenn-simmer but schenns upside was that of richards (and even if he turns out to be better, i still think both teams win this trade) and simmer would have been a great 3rd liner for us, nothing more nothing less... sorry to see them both go and wish them great careers!