Stanley Cup Final 2012: Richards, Carter, Ex-Flyers Impacting Kings’ Playoff Run

Fans of the Philadelphia Flyers had the luxury of watching Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Justin Williams start their NHL careers in orange and black.

The four forwards are suiting up together in search of the Stanley Cup, but this time they’re wearing black and white.

A loss in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks set off a series of personnel changes that would lead to Richards, Carter and Gagne becoming members of Los Angeles Kings.

On July 19, 2010, Gagne was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would spend a season there before becoming a free agent and signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings in July 2011.

On June 23, 2011, the Flyers made two trades that sent captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter out of town.

Richards was sent to the Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second round draft pick.

Carter went to Columbus in exchange for Jakub Voracek and a pair of draft picks. However, Carter’s days in Columbus came to an end this past February, when he was traded to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson.

Along with the four forwards, former Flyers' head coach John Stevens is also a part of the Kings' organization as an assistant coach.

While their roles have certainly varied, the former Flyers have been important to the Kings' Stanley Cup run.


Mike Richards

Mike Richards is a proven leader and winner. He has won an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup, as captain of the Kitchener Rangers. Both he and Carter averaged over a point per game to help the Philadelphia Phantoms win the 2005 Calder Cup. Richards has won two gold medals with Team Canada, as a member of the 2005 World Junior team and the 2010 Olympic squad.

Richards brings a tough, physical two-way style of play to Los Angeles. Richards has 35 hits and 14 blocked shots in 18 pla...

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