I was expecting a lot of Desjardins bashers in this thread, especially after the comments on him for last season but no! One of my favourite players ever, I hope he stays withing the organisation. His experience and leadership can only help. Here is to a good retirement!
I have to give the guy major props for all hes done here. A great talent, that laregly went unappreciated because he wasnt a physical presence. He quietly did his job and was one of those guys you never noticed, but would win battle after battle for the puck. I've defended him for years when he became the fan scapegoat. Sadly the best thing that happened to him in his retirement year is Derian Hatcher, because otherwise we would be treating him like an ex-girlfriend with herpes.
How good was Rico? He made Chris Therien look like a legitamite 1st pairing dman for years. Damn, that's good.
Excellent quote, Dr. Love.
As for Rico, he was an outstanding Dman who never got his due. One of the best defenseman the Flyers ever had, and certainly the best one in the time I've been closely following the Flyers (about '93-'94 on). I do hope he gets into the Flyers HOF sooner rather than later, as he deserves it. Thanks for the memories, Rico.
I'd also like to see the suggestions of him staying with the organization come to fruition as well. Perhaps a front office position? If not, I'd love to see him with the Phantoms. Couldn't go wrong with a person like Desjardins teaching the kids how to play the game and how to be a Flyer.
What an accomplished gentleman. He was so reliable for all those years. Aside from all those defensive memories- I will always remember his hand eye coordination. How many cross ice passes did he intercept with his stick, just batting the puck down? I wondered sometin=mes if he would have been the tonic for our powerplay in front of the net just deflecting the pucks as they were floated at the net.
Anyways, enjoy Rico Flyer Warriors are remembered forever!