Flyers History .. as per USATODAY
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03-17-2005, 07:37 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Best season: 1974-75. This was the year the Broad St. Bullies legend was truly cemented.
Worst season: 1989-90. A dark era of finishing out of the playoffs, no help from the draft and empty seats in the Spectru,.
Best coach: Shero
Worst coach: Cashman, followed by Terry Simpson and Vic Stasiuk
[Best captain: A no brainer- Clarke. Runner up would be Poulin.
Worst captain: Rick Tocchet (I respect him as a player, but he was a divisive lockerroom presence as captain). Runner up would be Eric Desjardins (who didn't really like being captain and lacks the personality to fill the role). Bridgman was actually a fine captain and didn't belong on this list-- he was a horrible GM for Ottawa, however.
Best trade:Ironically, it was the three-way trade that sent Parent to Toronto. The Flyers got MacLeish out of the deal, and Bernie may never have emerged as the best goalie in the NHL had he not had the tutelage of Jacques Plante before returning to Philly.
Worst trade: The Flyers got plenty of good things out of the Lindros trade. To me, the worst was trading Brad McCrimmon to Calgary.
Best first-round draft pick: Bill Barber. Runner up would be Brian Propp.
Worst first-round draft pick: Ryan Sittler. Runner up would be Bob Currier-- good thing every other team passed over Clarke, too.
Loves to play: The Flyers had very long unbeaten streaks against the Penguins and the Capitals during their history.
Hates to play: The Bruins, especially in Boston, have always given the Flyers fits. They also went through stretches where they couldn't buy a win against Montreal-- but also held their own during a few of the lean years, and regularly embarassed the Habs through much of the mid-90s. In recent times, the Devils have been the Flyers biggest nemesis, followed by Ottawa.
Ten best players:
First the four automatics...
Bobby Clarke (C)
Bernie Parent (G)
Bill Barber (LW)
Mark Howe (D)
Brian Propp (LW)
Eric Lindros (C)
Rick MacLeish (C, LW)
Eric Desjardins (D)
Two final spots:
Rick Tocchet (RW)
Jimmy Watson (D)-- People forget how crucial he was to the blueline, both as a young player and as a veteran leader.
Ron Hextall (G)-- wasn't the same goalie after all the groin problems, but had that unbelievable rookie year. He also had a fine '95-96 season in his second season back in Philly.
Mark Recchi (RW)-- Two excellent stints with the club. Especially when he was younger, he had great hands, speed and playmaking ability. As an older player, he had to worker harder for fewer points, but was a workhorse.
Reggie Leach (RW)-- Too inconsistent to crack the top 10. Had three phenomenol years and a bunch of underachieving ones.
Tim Kerr (RW)-- I loved Kerr, but there were more complete players who deserved to be ranked above him.
Rod Brind'Amour (C, LW)-- Amazing durability and versatility. Lacked great hands, but found ways to put up strong point totals, anyway.
John LeClair (LW)-- His durability, work down low and goal scoring-- pre-back problems-- were bankable year after year.
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