#50: Hurricanes @ Flyers - January 23, 2010 - 1:00 PM (ET)
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01-23-2010, 11:11 AM
A Fistful of Dollars
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Gormley has an article about Brind'Amour...
Ten years ago today, Rod Brind'Amour was dealt by the Flyers to the Carolina Hurricanes in one of the most controversial trades in team history.
Today, at age 39, Brind'Amour returns to Philadelphia as a beaten-down fourth-line forward who on Wednesday relinquished his captaincy to teammate Eric Staal.
Although a decade has passed since he last wore a Flyers uniform, Brind'Amour can still recall the pain he felt when he was dealt to Carolina for Keith Primeau on Jan. 23, 2000.
"It was one of the worst days of my life," Brind'Amour told the Courier-Post. "It worked out great for me, but I honestly hoped I could have been a lifetime Flyer. I have tons of respect for someone like Bill Barber, who spent his whole career in Philadelphia, and that's what I wanted.
"And to be traded for another centerman who I thought I was better than really (ticked) me off. It's not like they traded me for a goalie or a defenseman. They traded me for another centerman. It was a kick below the belt.
"At that time, of the 20 guys on that team, I was the one that bled orange and black, and it left a bad taste in my mouth."
Ten years and a Stanley Cup later, Brind'Amour could be skating at the Wachovia Center today for the final time. Now in his 21st season, he finds himself face to face with his own NHL mortality.
The beginning of the end came Wednesday when, at the urging of Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, Brind'Amour surrendered his captaincy to 25-year-old teammate Eric Staal.
Brind'Amour is convinced that if the Hurricanes were not last in the NHL with a 15-27-7 record, he'd still be captain. But he recognizes the winds of change in Carolina are just starting to blow.
"We've heard for a couple of months that we're transitioning," Brind'Amour told the Charlotte News & Observer, "and I'm sure there's going to be a lot more things happen there in the next couple of months to shake up the team, getting ready for next year and down the line. (Changing captains) is just a natural thing to happen."
Many around the NHL wonder if Brind'Amour's relinquishing of the captaincy will lead either to his retirement or to a trade before the March 3 NHL deadline. Brind'Amour has one more year on his contract, but Rutherford suggested Wednesday that his alternate captain might need to be coaxed into retirement.
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