The Los Angeles Kings got Mike Richards for Wayne Simmons, Brayden Schenn, and a 2nd Round Draft Pick. I'm sure the Canucks could have offered an equal package of Mason Raymond, Cody Hodgson, and our 1st Round Pick to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Imagine this as the Canucks line up heading into the 2011/12 playoffs.
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
David Booth - Mike Richards - Ryan Kesler
Chris Higgins - Samuel Pahlsson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise
Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Sami Salo
Keith Ballard - Chris Tanev
Ryan Kesler could have moved to the wing and focus only on scoring, while the Kings could have been much weaker without Mike Richards on their team.
O'Brien. the problem with Richards is he was traded out of Philly because he liked to party. So in the eyes of Mike Gillis he would be another Shane O'Brien. Canuck management is afraid of player who have personality and afraid of players who take penalties.
That is why Torres was not resigned but marco Sturm and Alex Sulzer were.
That is also why Bitz was benched in games 4-5.
Can you actually imagine Philly trading for Raymond???
Richards cap hit is $5.75m. How did we manage to fit that in by losing Raymonds $2.55m and Hodgsons $1.66m ($4.21m total)
on top of which, he earns $8.4m next year..........
Booth $4.5 Hodgson $1.66 the salery could fit but the peronality would not
nor would that package entice the Flyers.