Flyers nearly sent Mike Richards to Columbus too in Jeff Carter trade

Flyers nearly sent Mike Richards to Columbus too in Jeff Carter trade

June 23, 2011—the day that changed the course of history for the Philadelphia Flyers, and for the entire NHL really. Little more than a year after coming within two wins of hoisting the Stanley Cup, general manager Paul Holgrem blew up the team’s core, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus and captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles.

You know the rest of the story. Carter found his way to LA not long after, where he and Richards were able to get their names engraved on the Cup as members of the Kings franchise.

June 23, 2011 could’ve turned out very different however. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch recalls a story where Holmgren actually offered up both Carter and Richards to the Blue Jackets as a package.

Holmgren called Howson the day before the draft in the morning to tell him he was ready to make the move, but not before he dropped a bombshell on Howson’s lap, one that staggered him and forced him to sit down:

“You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter and Richards.

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The Flyers would likely have demanded center Ryan Johnansen – drafted one year earlier – as part of the package, along with the No. 1 pick in the following year’s draft. That means defenseman Ryan Murray would not be a Blue Jacket. He could be wearing orange.

Portzline wonders whether Richards coming along would’ve assuaged Carter, who never showed any interest in playing in Columbus, Ohio (and who could blame him?). The writer also questions whether or not the uber-talented Rick Nash would’ve later been dealt to the New York Rangers.

And naturally, it’s debatable whether the Kings would’ve claimed the Cup without Richards and/or Carter in the first place. We’re still not quite sure how those deals will pan out for the Flyers over the long haul, but it was rather irksome watching the orange-and-black’s once-bright stars finish the job they started in Philadelphia with another franchise.

Who’s to say if the revised package from Columbus for both of them would’ve been a better deal or not, and it’s moot anyway because that’s not the deal that was struck. However, trading Richards and Carter might not be viewed quite as unfavorably today by a segment of fans and analysts had the pair just meandered through the past couple seasons on a mid-tier Blue Jackets club.

>> “You want ‘em both?” [Columbus Dispatch]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
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• Other various projects as assigned

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8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Aspiring astronaut Joel Embiid found Eric Jr. tweets funny

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Aspiring astronaut Joel Embiid found Eric Jr. tweets funny

One of the sad things about the NBA offseason is that we don't get quite as much Joel Embiid in our lives on a regular basis.

Sure, he'll pop up at a local basketball court every now and then or maybe at a charity soccer event but we don't get to see him on our television every third day or so. That's a bummer for trusters of the process.

Thankfully, Vulture's Nate Jones caught up with Jojo the other day to ask him about some of the more eventful moments of the offseason thus far, such as Bryan Colangelo's burner accounts and his playground antics.

Embiid's answers rarely disappoint.

Jones: One of the things you’re famous for doing in the off-season is dunking on five-foot-tall white guys. Are you going to be doing more of that this summer?

Embiid: I don’t know. That’s not something I wake up in the morning like, I’m gonna go to the court and dunk on people. It’s just usually I go do my regular stuff, play tennis, and then some random fans happen to be talking shit, so then I gotta teach them a lesson. And that’s what I do.

I love it so much. Jo just has to teach fools a lesson. So that's what he does.

When asked about Colangelo's burner accounts, he calls Eric Jr., "my boy" and says he enjoyed the collar tweets: "The collar tweets were actually really fun. I enjoyed that one. Those were funny."

There's some other funny stuff mixed in, so go check out the whole Q&A, and be happy that these words actually came out of Joel Embiid's mouth:

I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut.

Are you listening, Elon Musk? Make it happen. But not until he retires in 17 years. Maybe he can head up Donald Trump's Space Force at that point. Nobody would mess with Joel Embiid in space.

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