Sunday, June 3, 2012

Masochism at it's finest; Flyers who went on to win the cup (2009 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 Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams and Dainius Zubrus 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.

2008-'09 Champs:  Pittsburgh Penguins  (Ugh.)

Ruslan Fedotenko
Years with Flyers: Following one semi-productive year on the Phantoms, Fedotenko became a prominent left winger for Philadelphia for two years from 2000 to 2002. (152 games, 33 goals, 29 assists) Traded to the Lightning after the 2002 season for their first round pick, Ruslan was actually on the team that beat the Flyers in the 2004 Eastern Conference Final and then ended up scoring the game-winning goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup final against the Flames. After a total of four seasons in Tampa, he began to whore himself to the rest of the Atlantic Division as he had a one-year stint on the Islanders (2007-'08), played for the Pittsburgh Penguins - where he won his SECOND cup - and is now a member of the New York Rangers who just got bounced from the Eastern Conference Finals by the New Jersey Devils. 

Mark Eaton
- Years with Flyers: Eaton, another Phantoms grinder, played two years with the Philadelphia affiliate logging 18 goals and 44 assists in 121 games. Unfortunately though, he really never got a chance with the Flyers. Eaton played 27 games only scoring a single goal and an assist before being traded to Nashville in 2000 for a 3rd round pick. For six years, Eaton bounced between Nashville and the minors before signing with Pittsburgh in 2009 as a free agent. He played all 24 games in the postseason for the Penguins, and was the 3rd highest scoring defensemen for the team with four goals and three assists en route to a cup victory. Following that, Eaton signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders where he continues to play. 

No comments: