The Flyers organization has a long history of quickly moving from player to player looking for the missing link to a Stanley Cup win. While some of the players were shipped out of town swiftly for one reason or another, it doesn’t mean they didn’t leave their mark during their stay. This is the top 5 shortest tenured Flyers in history.
Number 5- Joffrey Lupul: 96 points in 135 games
The Flyers were Lupul’s third team in his first four years in the NHL, and his early journeyman reputation wouldn’t end in Philadelphia. Spending just four-days-short of two years in Philly, he continued his early-career dominance. Even though injuries interfered with his 2007-08 season, he still managed to score 20 goals and 46 points. His second season almost mirrored his first, registering 25 goals and 50 points in 79 games. After serving as a reliable middle-six forward for two seasons, he was traded to Anaheim as part of the deal that brought Chris Pronger to Philadelphia. (Fun fact: that was the second time he was traded for Chris Pronger, the first being from Anaheim to Edmonton)
Number 4- Tony Amonte: 68 points in 93 games
Amonte made his Flyers debut in March of 2003 after being acquired the day before the trade deadline from the Coyotes. His Flyers career started strong, cataloging 15 points in 13 games to end the 2002-03 season. The following year he reached the 20-goal and 50-point mark for the tenth consecutive, and last, time in his career. Amonte’s Flyers career came to an end after the team bought out his contract after the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement to fit within the newly installed salary cap.
Number 3- Jaromir Jagr: 54 points in 73 games
Jagr made his return to the NHL in 2011 signing with the Flyers, but nobody could’ve predicted how well this move would pay off. Jagr slotted in on the top line alongside Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux in route to a career year for Hartnell and, at the time, a career year for Giroux. The Timeless One finished his tenure in Philadelphia after only 73 games, but he managed 19 goals and 54 points and tagged on an extra eight points in 11 playoff games.
Number 2- Chris Pronger: 92 points in 145 games
Acquired from the Ducks in a blockbuster trade in late June of 2009, It didn’t take long for Pronger to make a splash in Philly. After injuries took their toll on the Flyers during the 2009-10 season, one of the consistent bright spots was Pronger, who played all 82 games finishing with 55 points and a +22 rating. He was also a key figure in the Flyers miraculous playoff run racking up 18 points in 23 games. Unfortunately, a mixture of injuries would limit him to just 63 games over the next two seasons before post-concussion syndrome ended his career on November 19, 2011.
Number 1- Peter Forsberg: 115 points in 100 games
Originally drafted by the Flyers, though traded as part of the Lindros deal, he signed with the Flyers 14 years later after the installment of the salary cap forced him out of Colorado. While a multitude of injuries caused him to miss 22 games during his first season and 42 during his second, when he was healthy he was a force to be reckoned with. He scored 12 points in his first six games as a Flyer and would record 19 goals and 75 points during his first season. The Flyers would have their worst season during 2006-07 and Forsberg was not immune to the troubles. Missing most of the season with a foot injury, and his career in question, he was traded to Nashville at the 2007 trade deadline, ending his Flyers tenure and ultimately the end of his career as he only played 28 more NHL games with Nashville and Colorado.
Roman Cechmanek: 92-43-22
Taken by the Flyers in the sixth round during the 2000 NHL Draft, Cechmanek played three seasons as a Flyer from 2000-2003. He was known for his stellar regular season play, then proceeding to completely fall apart in the playoffs. Cechmanek still holds the Flyers record for best save percentage (.923) and goals-against average (1.96), as well as second in shutouts with 20.
Mike Ricci: 97 in 146 games
Ricci was one of the hottest prospects in the NHL during the early 1990’s after tearing up Juniors with the Peterborough Petes. He played 146 games as a Flyer, registering two straight 20-goal seasons before he was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the Eric Lindros deal. Ricci ended up playing until 2006 when he retired after 1,099 NHL games.
Ville Leino: 54 points in 97 games
Leino was acquired from the Red Wings at the 2010 NHL trade deadline, and after finishing the regular season slow, he was heavily counted on during the playoffs due to injuries. He registered 21 points in 19 games as the Flyers fell to the Blackhawks in the Cup Final. He was still producing the following season with 19 goals and 53 points in 81 games. He was an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and signed a ludicrous contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
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