Mike Richards Learned of Trade to Kings on the Internet
Professional athletes, they’re just like us! Getting news by reading their favorite websites and sports blogs! Check out this tweet from AP writer Dan Gelston as shared by The 700 Level regarding the Flyers’ trade of Mike Richards to the Kings:
Richards signed a 12-year contract extension in 2007 so it’s no surprise he was shocked by the deal like the rest of us. Philly didn’t just deal Richards — they went Las Vegas casino on us and just blew up the whole thing. They traded Jeff Carter to Columbus later in the day in order to make room for the Ilya Bryzgalov contract.
I know the Flyers were disappointed they were swept by Boston in the playoffs and that Richards has had a contentious relationship with the media in Philly, but this team was good. Why blow it all up? Sure they needed goaltending help, but after getting rid of Richards and Carter, are they even better? I highly doubt it.
UPDATE: He found out about the trade in a text alert from The Hockey news