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Flyers set to move ahead after dealing 2 stars

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In 30 minutes, the Philadelphia Flyers changed the face of the franchise - just not the course of it.

Two separate trades resulted in the departure of leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and team captain Mike Richards. Fans were stunned by the move by a franchise that hasn't won a Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

Carter and Richards were expected to lead Philadelphia to the title. The duo came close, losing in the finals to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

Instead, the Flyers signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year deal.

Now the pressure falls on forwards James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

On Friday, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said he was surprised as anyone about the deal and he hasn't been approached about the captaincy.

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