Found May 11, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, ...For hockey’s chattering classes—including some NHL executives—the Scottsdale episode represented a “Russian problem.” Forget that while Radulov grew up in Nizhni Tagli, Kostitsyn is actually from Belarus. In the Russian Devolution all semblance of nuance is lost. Although it has been more than two decades since marquee players left a crumbling Soviet Union to play in the NHL, players from former bloc countries often are still tossed into the same pot of borscht. When former Flyers captain Mike Richards and teammate Jeff Carter—who helped the Kings into the Western Conference finals with a sweep of St. Louis—were exiled by Philadelphia last summer amid rumors of excessive partying, their story was never framed as an example of the shortcomings of Canadian players. But Russians (and fellow travelers) are not given the same benefit of individuality. They are, in the collective imagination of many in the league, me-first players who are shy ...

Reunited ex-Flyers Carter, Richards leading Kings

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Jeff Carter still has trouble wrapping his mind around the surreal direction his hockey career has taken in the last year since the Philadelphia Flyers got rid of him and Mike Richards, his good friend and teammate. After a stop in Columbus, Carter improbably reunited with Richards in Los Angeles...

How Did Holmgren Do?

The team that made the biggest wholesale changes last summer was probably the Philadelphia Flyers.  They traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in order to make salary cap room to acquire Ilya Bryzgalov, who was supposed to solve their goaltending problems.  Initially, I didn’t think the moves were very smart.  Now that the season has ended for the Flyers, we can better assess...
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