Huge series of moves by the Flyers today, making two major trades and possibly solving an eternal headache for their franchise dating back to the days of Ron Hextall:
First, Philly traded Jeff Carter to Columbus for Jakub Voracek, the 8th pick in the upcoming draft and a third-rounder.
My verdict: Both teams gain in that Philly moves salary and get a few young players (Voracek will be an useful second or third liner) to restock with for years to come, while the Blue Jackets finally get some real talent to play with Rick Nash on what should now be an explosive first line.
Next, Philly traded Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a second-rounder.
Verdict: I think Philly wins this trade, although L.A. will definitely gain from a little boost of leadership from Richards as it was one component that was rather lacking on that young team last year. Schenn is supposed to be really, really good, while Simmonds could become a fan fave with his rugged two-way play.
Finally, Philly signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9 year, $51 million contract.
Verdict: Will he finally solve their goaltending issues? Hard to say. He's good, can be really really good at times, but he can also disappear from time to time. He went *poof* in the playoffs this past season, so I'm gonna say the Flyers goaltending issues will remain a hot point of discussion for years to come at the first sign of a poor performance in the playoffs.