When Bobby Clarke, the General Manager of the Flyers at the time drafted both Jeff Carter and Mike Richards in the first round in the 2003 entry draft, he had a solid two way forward and a big strong talented natural goal scorer.
Fast forward 8 years later on the eve of the 2011 entry draft, Paul Holmgren decided to trade both players in seperate deals with the Kings and the Blue Jackets which led to the signing of Ilya Bryzgalov to a contract of 9 years worth 51 million. Yes the Flyers did net a goaltender due to the poor play of Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky, did they really have to trade theses two players let alone sign them to mammoth contracts. And on the goalie front yes Bryzgalov won the cup as J.S Giguere's backup in 2007 with the Ducks but what has he done as a member of the Coyotes?
Now on the player front, yes the Flyers acquire great young talent with Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmons (from LA) and Jakub Voracek (Columbus), Los Angeles now will be stronger due to of course Richards, Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, good young goaltending with both Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Berthier and a solid defence corps by the likes of Doughty, Jack Johnson and Willie Mitchell. Columbus on the other hand could finally find a centermen like Carter to play alongside Rick Nash but they still have some work if they are going to make the playoffs for a second time in franchise history.
Once the season begins, do not be surprised when Los Angeles will overtake the San Jose Sharks to win its first division title since 1990-1991 due to the new core led by none other than Richards and on Philly's corner, will they win hockeys holy grail for the first time in 36 years led by perhaps an overpaid goalie? Theses answers remain in doubt.