Sunday, June 12, 2011

Masochism at it's finest; Flyers who went on to win the cup (2001 EDITION)

When a team comes to town, I always look to see if there's any former Flyers on it. It's bad habit, I know. Kind of like Facebook-stalking an ex, comparing your life with them to that without. Still, it's interesting. Plus, with Andrew Alberts - who dawned the orange & black three years ago - on the Vancouver Canucks and both Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg on the Boston Bruins, I started to wonder what other former Flyers hoisted Lord Stanley after departing the city of brotherly love. Surprisingly considering the talent past teams have had the list isn't long, but the names on it sure are memorable. 

2000-'01 Champs:  Colorado Avalanche 

1.) Peter Forsberg
Years with Flyers: Drafted 6th overall  in 1991 draft, traded in '92 to the Quebec Nordiques for Eric Lindros. Rejoined 2005-2007 (100 games, 30 goals, 85 assists) Talk about a 'what could have been' scenario. Nobody knew what Foppa would turn into, so they traded him and a few other people for the sure-thing in Lindros. 88 was a great player, but he never won it all unlike Peter who ended up winning two cups with the Avs, two World Championships and two Olympic gold medals. And if that wasn't enough, he's 10th all time in points and 3rd in assists behind Gretzky, Lemieux and Bobby Orr... Talk about exclusive company.

2.) Shjon Podein
- Years with Flyers: Signed as a free agent in 1994, played 'til 1999 (300 games, 44 goals, 48 assists) One of the league's best penalty killers & checking forwards at the time, Podein was a big-name player in Philly. His best year came in 1997 when the Flyers lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final when he had seven points and 16 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. Ultimately 14 games into the 1998-'99 season though he was traded to Colorado for Keith Jones. 

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