When the calendar flipped to 2022, things were already out of control for the Philadelphia Flyers. Head coach Alain Vigneault was fired on December 6 after an eight game losing streak that new head coach Mike Yeo extended to 10 games. It set the tone for what would be a miserable year for the Flyers when the low blows wouldn’t let up even for a second. Let’s take a look back at all the lows and even lower moments for the Flyers in 2022!
- The Flyers won just a single game of their 13 in January, and registered 12 wins 51 games in the remainder of 2021-22. The new NHL season didn’t treat them much better, racking up 11 wins in the 36 games to start the 2022-23 campaign.
- They signed Sean Couturier to a massive eight-year, $62 million extension in August of 2021, and he wouldn’t play a single game during 2022 recovering from two separate back surgeries.
- The Flyers brought in assistant coach John Torchetti for two and an half months for some reason.
- They celebrated Claude Giroux’s 1,000th NHL game on March 17, just four days ahead of the trade deadline, which everyone knew would be his last day in Philly. He was dealt to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Owen Tippett, a 2024 first round pick, and a 2023 third round pick.
- Danny Briere was promoted to “special assistant to the GM” after the Canadiens interviewed him for their own GM opening.
- 2022 was the first time the Flyers missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1993 and 1994.
- The Flyers bought out the contract of cancer survivor Oskar Lindblom in order to sign Nic Deslauriers to a four-year contract in free agency.
- They drafted winger Cutter Gauthier fifth overall and immediately insisted he play at center.
- They also gave up three draft picks for problematic defenseman Tony DeAngelo just one day after refusing to acquire 24-year-old sniper Alex DeBrincat via trade.
- Chuck Fletcher refused to sign hometown hero Johnny Gaudreau in free agency after failing to move James Van Riemsdyk’s contract.
- 35-year-old Justin Braun returned to the Flyers in free agency after being traded to the Rangers at the trade deadline.
- The Flyers would relieve interim coach Mike Yeo of his duties, replacing him with John Tortorella during the offseason.
- John Tortorella has come as advertised. He also called Morgan Frost a toilet seat.
- 22-year-old Joel Farabee underwent disc replacement surgery during the offseason. While he ultimately didn’t miss any games, his movement during play currently resembles that of a Lego man.
- Travis Sanheim signed an eight-year, $50 million extension just hours before the puck dropped on opening night.
- Nick Seeler is somehow a full-time NHLer for the second consecutive season.
- Ryan Ellis’ career is more or less confirmed to be over due to his hip problem.
- Keith Yandle broke the ironman record as a Flyer on January 5, 2022, then was healthy scratched in April, ending his streak at 989 games, both occasions drawing a bunch of media attention.
- 25-year-old goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov got kidnapped by the Russian military before he could make his journey to North America.
“It can’t possibly get worse” is phrase utter by Flyers fans over the last few years right before things continue to get worse. Every time it feels like rock bottom as been reached, it turns out the bottomless pit is opening deeper and deeper. Some moves are bad luck, others are painfully obvious blunders the inept front office refuses to acknowledge, but the path towards further irrelevancy is paved by continued, repeated mistakes that aren’t deemed important enough to change.
After all that, the only way to go in 2023 is up…. right?
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
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