Saturday, June 18, 2011

Masochism at it's finest; Flyers who went on to win the cup (2006 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 on the Vancouver Canucks and both Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg on the Boston Bruins facing off in this years final, 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.

2005-'06 Champs:  Carolina Hurricanes  

Rod Brind'Amour 
Years with Flyers: Joined the team after the 1990-'91 season from the St. Louis Blues where he had modest numbers, but in eight of the ten seasons in Philadelphia, Rod the bod averaged at least 24 goals & 32 assists a year. He quickly became a fan favorite and was noticed as a dominant shut-down center in the league. But 12 games into the 1999-2000 season he was traded to Carolina for Keith Primeau. (633 games, 235 goals, 366 assists) On the Hurricanes, Brind'Amour continued to put up good numbers and was named captain the year before he led the team to their only Stanley Cup victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Following his retirement after the 2009-'10 season, his number was retired by the 'Canes and during a game between Carolina and Philadelphia earlier this year the Flyers all wore #17 jerseys during the warm-up skate to commemorate him. He's highly considered one of the best to ever dawn the Orange & Black and is 9th all-time among points for the team. 

Mark Recchi
Years with Flyers: Recchi actually had two stints with the Flyers, first from 1991 to 1995 after winning his first cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then again after playing five years in Montreal and returning from 1998 to 2004. (602 games, 232 goals, 395 assists) He played in Pittsburgh before being traded mid season to the Hurricanes in 2005 where he was a crucial cog in the playoffs on the way to his second Stanley Cup victory. From 2006 to 2009 he bounced around to five different teams before landing in Boston where he won his third cup just this past year. Recchi announced his retirement following the Bruins cup run and is 8th all-time among points for Philly. 

Justin Williams
Years with Flyers: Williams joined the Flyers out of the OHL where he put up good numbers, but in Philadelphia he struggled to be consistent due to lingering injuries. He was traded to Carolina for Danny Markov midway through 2003 and following the lockout he set career records on the way to Lord Stanley in 2005-'06. (226 games, 42 goals, 72 assists) After winning, Williams had another productive year, but his injuries caught up with him over the next four years even after relocating to Los Angeles. Last year Williams had another good year, but missed nine games due to a dislocated shoulder. 

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