For those Capitals fans contemplating the thought of trading Alex Ovechkin this summer, it might be a good idea to call your closest friend or relative living in Philadelphia.
Flyers fans didnt know whether to cheer or boo Tuesday night when they watched the former cornerstones of their franchise, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, team up for one of the Kings four goals in a 4-0 win over the Devils that leaves Los Angeles one win away from celebrating its first Stanley Cup.
If that wasnt enough, former Flyers Simon Gagne and Justin Williams, former head coach John Stevens and former Director of Player Personnel Ron Hextall are also one win away from kissing the Stanley Cup.
That would be the equivalent of Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Sergei Gonchar, Bruce Boudreau and Olie Kolzig teaming up in San Jose to win the Cup next June.
If that wouldnt be a kick in the gut, what would?
In their six years together in Philadelphia, Richards and Carter helped transform the Flyers from the worst team in the NHL in 2006-07 to a Stanley Cup finalist in 2010. They were to the Flyers what Ovechkin and Semin have been to the Capitals since joining forces in 2006-07 Richards the hard-hitting captain, Carter the sleek, goal scorer.
But when Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren decided to cut ties with Richards and Carter on June 24 trading Richards to the Kings for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds and Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and a first-round draft pick Sean Couturier he knew the risk could be greater than the reward.
He didnt know the Kings would turn around and make a trade for Carter, but he knew both players had the potential to turn a team into a Stanley Cup champion.
George McPhee could say the same about Ovechkin and Semin.
Semin already has one foot out the door. Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Semin has already told reporters he will test the waters of free agency and if a team is willing to throw 4 million or 5 million at him per season, hell fly.
But what about Ovechkin? After seven years in D.C., is McPhee bold enough to entertain offers for the 26-year-old superstar? Are the Capitals prepared to roll the same dice the Flyers rolled last year?
Should they even consider it?