By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers organization has a long history of quickly moving from player to player looking for the missing link to a Stanley Cup win. While some players have been shipped out of town swiftly for one reason or another, it doesn’t mean they didn’t leave their mark during their stay. This is the top 5 shortest tenured Flyers in history that left a lasting impact.
Number 5- Joffrey Lupul: 96 points in 135 games
The Flyers were Lupul’s third team in his first four years in the NHL, and his early journeyman reputation wouldn’t end in Philadelphia. Spending just four days short of two years in Philly, he continued his early-career dominance. Even though injuries interfered with his 2007-08 season, he still managed to score 20 goals and 46 points. His second season almost mirrored his first, registering 25 goals and 50 points in 79 games. After serving as a reliable middle-six forward for two seasons, he was traded to Anaheim as part of the deal that brought Chris Pronger to Philadelphia. Fun fact: That was the second time he was traded for Chris Pronger, the first being from Anaheim to Edmonton.
Number 4- Tony Amonte: 68 points in 93 games
Amonte made his Flyers debut in March of 2003 after being acquired the day before the trade deadline from the Coyotes. His Flyers career started strong, cataloging 15 points in 13 games to end the 2002-03 season. The following year he reached the 20-goal and 50-point mark for the tenth consecutive, and last, time in his career. Amonte’s Flyers career came to an end after the team bought out his contract after the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement to fit within the newly installed salary cap.
Number 3- Jaromir Jagr: 54 points in 73 games
Jagr made his return to the NHL in 2011 signing with the Flyers, but nobody could’ve predicted how well this move would pay off. Jagr slotted in on the top line alongside Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux en route to a career year for Hartnell and, at the time, a career year for Giroux. The Timeless One finished his tenure in Philadelphia after only 73 games, but he managed 19 goals and 54 points and tagged on an extra eight points in 11 playoff games.
Number 2- Chris Pronger: 92 points in 145 games
Acquired from the Ducks in a blockbuster trade in late June of 2009, it didn’t take long for Pronger to make a splash in Philly. After injuries took their toll on the Flyers during the 2009-10 season, one of the consistent bright spots was Pronger, who played all 82 games finishing with 55 points and a +22 rating. He was also a key figure in the Flyers miraculous playoff run, racking up 18 points in 23 games. Unfortunately, a mixture of injuries would limit him to just 63 games over the next two seasons before post-concussion syndrome ended his career on November 19, 2011.
Number 1- Peter Forsberg: 115 points in 100 games
Originally drafted by the Flyers, though traded as part of the Lindros deal, he signed with the Flyers 14 years later after the installment of the salary cap forced him out of Colorado. While a multitude of injuries caused him to miss 22 games during his first season and 42 during his second, when he was healthy he was a force to be reckoned with. He scored 12 points in his first six games as a Flyer and recorded 19 goals and 75 points during his first season. The Flyers had their worst season during 2006-07 and Forsberg was not immune to the troubles. Missing most of the season with a foot injury, and his career in question, he was traded to Nashville at the 2007 trade deadline. It ended his Flyers tenure and ultimately the end of his career, as he only played 28 more NHL games with Nashville and Colorado.
Bill Flett 147 points in 167 games
Mike Bullard 113 points on 125 games
Ron Flockhart 145 points in 167 games
Ville Leino 54 points in 97 games
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