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The Philadelphia Flyers always seem to be in the middle of all the trade rumors. Sometimes those rumors become reality. Some of those trades have been homeruns, especially in the Hextall era. Some, well, weren’t so pretty.
When I say worst trades in Flyers history, I’m sure most peoples minds jump to Schenn for JVR or Bobrovsky. I’m going to look closer at the lesser known bad trades. This list doesn’t include any of Hexy’s moves, this list mainly revolves around Paul Holmgren. Surprisingly, the Flyers didn’t have a lot of stinkers in terms of complete flops, but there have been some that are worse than others.
Today I’ll rank the top five worst trades.
*Flyers acquired – traded away*
Number 5- Nick Grossmann FOR LA’s 2012 2nd round pick (Devin Shore) and MIN’s 2013 3rd round pick (Jake Guentzel) 2/16/12
Nick Grossmann’s tenure with the Flyers was less than memorable. He played parts of four seasons in the orange and black, registering only 37 points. Both picks involved in the trade have gone on to be full time NHLers. Guentzel is currently playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Shore is a solid third liner for Dallas. Not to mention the Stars passed on Jimmy Vesey, Frederik Andersen and Colton Parayko with LA’s pick, so this could have been even worse.
Number 4- Danny Markov FOR Justin Williams 1/20/04
At the time, this seemed like an okay move, but hindsight is 20/20. Markov played all of 34 games as a Flyer as he wasn’t resigned after the end of the 2003-04 season. This was before Williams became the force that he is today. It wouldn’t be until the 2005-06 season that Williams broke out with Carolina with a 76 point season. Markov was never a scoring threat, but was decent in his own end. This move backfired for Philly and is still one of the most lopsided trades in Flyers history.
Number 3- Sean Burke, Ben Eager, Branko Radivojevic FOR Mike Comrie 2/9/04
Where do I even start with this one. Mike Comrie was acquried a month-and-a-half earlier from the Oilers for Jeff Woywitka and 1st and 3rd round picks. When he didn’t have the immediate effect the Flyers wanted, he was moved to Phoenix for goalie Sean Burke and forwards Ben Eager and Branko Radivojevic. Burke only played 15 games for the Flyers with a 6-5-2 record. Eager was nothing more than a fourth liner, accumulating eleven points in 86 games over two seasons with Philly. As for Branko, he as well only played 88 games in two seasons, recording an abysmal 23 points. Comrie went on to post 95 points in parts of two years with Phoenix before having a solid run with the Islanders from 2007-2009. All around this was an awful trade, I got mad even researching it.
Number 2- Kris Versteeg FOR PHI’s 2011 1st round pick (Stuart Percey) and PHI’s 2011 3rd round pick (Josh Leivo) 2/14/11
This one is more of a “what if” scenario. Though it was an awful deal from Philly’s side, it could have been a lot worse. Luckily neither pick really worked out for Toronto. Percey played in just 12 NHL games during his career. Leivo has played 41 NHL games, but has shown huge potential in that time as well as a solid run in the AHL. Versteeg played a measly 27 games recording 11 points during his tenure in Philadelphia. The Flyers gave up a first and third rounder for eleven points. Let that sink in. Those picks could have turned into John Gibson, Nikita Kucherov or Johnny Gaudreau. So this trade could have looked even worse than it already is had the Maple Leafs cashed in on either pick.
Number 1- Steve Eminger and 2008 3rd rounder (Jacob Deserres) FOR PHI’s 2008 1st round pick (John Carlson) 6/20/08
Twelve games, Eminger played twelve games in Philly. No other way to put it, this one sucks. The Flyers traded their first round pick during the 2008 draft for Steve Eminger who was supposed to bring a veteran role to the blueline. That didn’t happen. Eminger was moved five months later to San Jose for Matt Carle while Carlson has gone on to be one of the top defensemen in the league. The other acquisition was goalie Jacob Deserres, who never played an NHL game. this is what I meant in the previous entry, There was a chance the pick would have been a bust, but in this case, the Flyers really got bit by a really bad trade.
Pavel Kubina FOR Jon Kalinski, FLA 2012 2nd round pick (Brian Hart), PHI 2013 4th round pick (Tobias Lindberg) 2/18/12
Andrej Meszaros FOR PHI 2011 2nd round pick (Lucas Lessio) 7/1/10
Chris Pronger, Ryan Dingle FOR Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, PHI 2009 1st round pick (John Moore), PHI 2010 1st round pick (Emerson Etem) 6/26/09
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