Partying led to Flyers trades?

Jeff Carter celebrates a goal against the Canadiens at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Penn.,...

Jeff Carter celebrates a goal against the Canadiens at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Penn., May 24, 2010. (JIM McISAAC/Getty Images/AFP)

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Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were traded by the Philadelphia Flyers because of their hard-partying ways, two unnamed former teammates told Philly.com.

The players said the Flyers were disappointed in the two star forwards and concerned about their alleged drinking.

On the same day in June, Richards, the Flyers captain, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings and Carter was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers got back Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and a pair of draft picks in the deals.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren denied the two were traded because of drinking, calling the allegations "preposterous."

"As far as Mike and Jeff are concerned, we made two good hockey trades that will better suit us now and for the future," Holmgren told Philly.com. "Columbus is happy, L.A. is happy and the Flyers are happy with the deal."

Carter's agent, Rick Curran, also denied that his agent was traded because of his partying, saying it was "bulls---."


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