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Richards was traded to the Los Angles Kings for forwards Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a second-round pick. Carter was sent to Columbus for forward Jake Voracek and the club’s first- and third-round picks from the Blue Jackets.

The Flyers went from not drafting Friday night until the third round to owning the eighth overall pick.

Holmgren also signed No. 1 goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a $51-million, nine-year deal _ a move that proves the Flyers still expect to chase the Cup even as the roster undergoes a makeover.

Bryzgalov is in Russia, but he posted on Twitter: Proud to be a Philadelphia Flyer)))

“I think when you make a move like that, to get a goalie and you’ve got to pay him, you’ve got to get the money somewhere,” Pronger said. “Time and again in the salary cap era, you’ve got to give to get. Unfortunately for us, those two guys were traded.”

The fallback plan has a soft landing: Giroux is only 23. Van Riemsdyk is 22.

“When a shakeup like this happens,” van Riemsdyk said, “I’m sure people are even itching more for the season to start.”

Flyers owner Ed Snider said the moves made them a more formidable championship contender. And Van Riemsdyk is eager to prove him right.

“They’ve made some great moves over the last few years, especially since I’ve been involved in the organization, to help put us in position to be a success,” he said. “There’s no reason to doubt them now.”

He’ll need some help from the new guys.

Simmonds is only 22, but had 30 points in 80 games. He was chosen by Los Angeles in the second round, the 61st pick overall, in the 2007 draft. He had 39 goals, 93 points, and 264 penalty minutes in 240 regular-season games.

The 19-year-old Schenn, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, could turn out to be a steal.

“I’m ready to compete for a spot next year,” he said Friday. “I do it all.”

Columbus had tried to sign Voracek to a new contract a year ago, but the two sides could not agree on terms. Now, Holmgren will have to work up a new deal for Voracek, who is a restricted free agent. Even though he doesn’t turn 22 until August, he still made $1.3 million last season, and is due for a substantial bump in pay.

“It’s fun to go from a team that only make the playoffs one out of 10 years to a team that makes it basically every year,” he said. “It’s exciting and it’s something that’s new for me and I’m going to try and help as much as possible.”

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