Hindsight sucks sometimes. Those were good trades at the time. The only issue was that we traded for potential.
Look you live and you learn. It happens sometimes when you trade for potential. Sometimes you get burned, sometimes it works out. You never know. Should the Flyers end up trading Luke or Brayden or both, they could end up breaking out with their next team, and people will be screaming and yelling about that, too.
It's part of the business. Both trades were good at the time, as you said. Schenn was considered LEAGUE-WIDE to be one of the best young prospects in the game. He has shown flashes but overall hasn't lived up to the bill to this point. Simmonds has turned in 2 highly productive years as a Flyer; this year has been a struggle so far, but who hasn't struggled to this point on this team? JVR was next to useless as a Flyer. He had one good playoff run, and the rest of his time here was full of frustration and disappointment. It was a change of scenery trade for both teams involved; to this point it just appears that TOR won the deal. It happens.
This team this year needs JVR much more than they need Richards, I think that's pretty evident.