It's a long way away, but I can't wait for next season. NYR, PHI, and PIT should all improve this offseason, and NJ still has that Brodeur guy. I see fierce rivalries forming between these teams. The Flyers aren't rolling over anymore this year, and each division game seems to be more heated than the last. I love it.
This is coming from a Pens fan who lives closer to Flyer country, let it go. When we've been good, they haven't, and when they've been good, we haven't. They're always going to think of us as a joke, and geez, it's Philly. Philly teams typically have the most notoriously rowdy fans in all of sports, and continually trying to push the buttons on a topic that even other Pens fans aren't going to agree on you with won't do much good.
If the two teams start meeting in the playoffs more often, if the two teams take blatant dirty cheap shots at each other, THEN there'll be a rivalry. Until then, it's just the only time I get to watch Pens games on TV. (since Comcast.net blacks out all Penguins internet feeds in this area when they have them, due to their offering of FSP as an extra pay-channel)
The whole Pittsburgh side of the rivalry pretty much only exists anyway because they're the furthest west in the Eastern Confrence and Buffalo isn't in the same division putting them out on an island in the Atlantic division. Since every team needs to hate someone the Flyers are the most convienient available. If the Cleveland Barons ever come back for some odd reason and the Pens are moved into a division consisting of Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland etc. it would create the kind of rivalry that you're hoping for, outside of that give it up.
i dont think the pens are the biggest rivals- i actually don't really hate the penguins at all- i think this is a result of location. both teams may be in the same state but they are so far away from each other. The devils, rangers, and islanders are much closer and provide more of a rivalry that way.