Flyers Notes: Giroux has thrived since Carter/Richards trades

Kings' Mike Richards screens goalie Ray Emery.
Kings' Mike Richards screens goalie Ray Emery. (STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: March 26, 2014

Besides acquiring Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and Jake Voracek, there was another reason the Flyers made the stunning 2011 trades of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards: They wanted to make Claude Giroux the team's centerpiece.

Given more ice time and more responsibility, Giroux has flourished in that role.

Entering Monday's game against Richards, Carter and the visiting Los Angeles Kings, Giroux was fourth in the NHL with 74 points. He established a career high in points (93) and goals (28) the season after Richards and Carter were traded.

Giroux was asked if he felt more of an onus was put on him after the deals were made.

"I didn't think so until I heard you guys talk and write, and it put a little more pressure on me," he said with a smile after the morning skate Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. "But it's good, it's good pressure; it's responsibility that a hockey player wants."

Carter played at the Wells Fargo Center Monday for the first time since he was dealt to Columbus. He wasn't with the Kings yet when they played here that season.

"It's exciting," said Carter, minus his two front teeth after getting hit with a stick last season. "We had six good years here. I obviously loved playing here and had a lot of fun."

Carter, who took a team-high 24 goals into the game, said he didn't expect a warm greeting from fans.

"It seems like everybody that goes back to play against their old team gets booed, so that's just the way it is," he said. (He was right. The fans booed whenever he or Richards touched the puck.)

Carter was upset when the Flyers traded him to Columbus, but he is happy in Los Angeles.

It's worked out pretty well for us - a Stanley Cup, playing in L.A. It's a pretty good setup," he said.

"Time heals all," said Richards, who scored in the second period Monday to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Breakaways

Winger Steve Downie missed the game with an upper-body injury. He was replaced on the third line by Tye McGinn, who was promoted from the Phantoms. . . . In a pregame ceremony, team doctor Gary Dorshimer was honored for his 30 years with the Flyers.

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