3. Locker Room: Although nothing has come out, there was always speculation that the locker room atmosphere in the Wells Fargo Center was not the greatest. When the Flyers brought in Pronger, there were rumors that the two were clashing behind closed doors. This could actually improve the overall morale among the Flyers now that Richards is gone. In the 2010-11 season, especially the playoffs, Richards didn't strike me as someone fit to wear a 'C' on his sweater. His play seemed lazy, his numbers dropped, and he didn't lead the Flyers back to the Cup Finals. Briere was one of the only players with a letter on their sweater to actually step up. It will be interesting to see who will be our captain next season. My guess will be Pronger, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Briere sport it.
4. Believe it or not, Brayden Schenn is a stud: Schenn was drafted 5th overall in the 2009 entry draft. Barry Melrose spoke very highly of Schenn and he has been the target of many trades that have come the Kings' way in the last couple of years. For the Kings to let Schenn go, who has been decorated with numerous awards from WHL rookie of the year to last year's International World Juniors MVP for team Canada. The promise that Schenn gives the Flyers is very exciting. The Flyers have done extremely well in grooming young talent lately. JVR was drafted 2nd overall in the 2007 draft and had a coming out party in the playoffs this year. Judging from JVR's timetable, Schenn could be a force on the ice for the Flyers this coming year or next.
5. Holmgren is not done: GM Paul Holmgren is sitting on a bunch of draft picks, and it is extremely unlikely to use all of them tonight in Minnesota. Flyers need another goal scorer, and the rumors have now been towards someone who is a veteran, like that of Briere.
6. Flyers won today. Once you get past the initial shock of losing Carter and Richards, the waves of tweets and status updates from Penguins fans saying how stupid we are, ll the angry and uneducated fans who call into sports talk radio shows to express their dissatisfaction, and actually sit back and analyze the deals that Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren made this afternoon, the Flyers made some pretty good deals.