Well, The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports today that could've been the case if former-Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson wanted to acquire both. Portzline reports Paul Holmgren and Howson were talking for days about a trade but on June 23, 2011 Holmgren called Howson and offered both Carter and Richards.
He goes on to speculate that it would have likely cost Columbus 2010 first-round pick Ryan Johansen, their 2011 pick (which the Flyers ultimately acquired and selected Sean Couturier), and their 2012 first-round pick (which Columbus selected defenseman Ryan Murray second overall) as part of the package - which means it could've been more, say Jake Voracek?
Now this means the Flyers wouldn't have Brayden Schenn or Wayne Simmonds - both of which have endeared themselves to Flyers fans. But, just throwing it out there, the 21-year-old Johansen had 12 goals and 15 assists this season in Columbus. He stands at 6'3" and 215 lbs. - would've looked good in orange and black.
This is really interesting and certainly a good game of "would you rather have..." but it again raises the question: why was Paul Holmgren so eager to get rid of both Richards and Carter?
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