When the Flyers traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richards last week, a few of us freaked out. Many people, much dumber people, just shrugged their shoulders. After that shake-up, we were told the major wheeling and dealing was done. Looks like that was just another lie in a long string of untruthfulness.
Yesterday, the Flyers shipped the rights to Darroll Powe off to the Minnesota Wild for a 3rd round draft pick in 2013. They also resigned Andreas Nodl, and made offers to a few more players. One guy that it appears they won’t attempt to sign is Dan Carcillo. Not that any of these are major moves regarding great players, but they all have some effect.
First, after Scottie Upshall was shipped out, we were promised that we’d completely fall in love with Carcillo. Yeah, on one hand he had his fun moments. A few great fights, stirred up a few gatherings, added some energy. But he took plenty of bad penalties, threw some dirty hits, and did not replace what we lost. This is something the fans knew going into the trade, and it took 2 1/2 years to prove us right.
Letting Powe go and keeping Nodl is a bit confusing to me too. Neither one adds much on offense, so their value comes from defense. Powe was faster, more physical, and better in his own end. Nodl completely sucked. I guess the players liked him when they voted him the most improved player on the team. But I saw him start off crappy, play kind of ok, then finish playing like crap. He can’t pass to save his life, doesn’t have shot to brag about, and simply is not as good as Powe. That’s not saying that Powe is anything special, but I felt that he added a bit more than Nodl.
The worst part of course is that we can’t reference Step Brothers anymore whenever Powe threw a nice hit. There goes the f#@!ing Catalina Wine Mixer.
Then again, this is probably completely salary related. They could be looking at both guys as pretty much the same thing, give or take a few attributes. Except Nodl agreed to half of what Powe is asking for. We can never accuse the Flyers of being cheap. They’re always hovering near the salary cap. So if they are freeing up some money, I highly doubt that they would do that just to line their pockets. I don’t think they’re completely done with their overhaul just yet.
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