Shortly after his arrival in December 2009, coach Peter Laviolette instituted what players came to call the "Dry Island." Laviolette asked team members to commit to not drinking for a month, and each player was asked to write his number on a locker room board as a pledge. No. 17 (Carter) and No. 18 (Richards) were absent from the board on the first Dry Island, as well as the estimated five more times the policy was instituted.
In a phone interview Thursday, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that Richards and Carter hadn't put their numbers on the board, but said there had been others who declined. "We carry 23 players and there wasn't 23 numbers up there."
Moving on to the rest of Gross’ article. Gross cites two unnamed Flyers saying that they believe part of the reason they got traded was because of their partying lifestyle. I understand as a reporter you have a job to do and to get a story by any means possible. But there is an issue here, at what cost do you get the story? What good can come from writing that two Flyers are talking about (former) recent internal affairs? My first reaction is that story is not going to go over well with the Flyers locker room. Even if they don’t read it, they will get wind of this. There is no need to put that part in the story. Not to mention the fact that the story is bound to just infuriate the rest of the Flyers fan base that the speculation has turned, somewhat, into fact.