By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
Throughout the 51-year history of the Flyers, there were no lack of trades in the endless search for a Stanley Cup. While some of those trades worked out, sometimes they traded a star that was under their noses and didn’t realize it until it was too late.
This is the Top 5 players that found success after they were traded away from the Flyers.
Number 5- James Van Reimsdyk
Even though he is back in orange and black, it was during his six-year stint in Toronto that saw him evolve into a much better player. He recorded two 30-goal seasons, two 50-point and two 60-point campaigns as a Leaf. While he played for the Leafs mainly during the rebuilding years, he still managed to score 294 points in his 412 appearances in Toronto.
Number 4- Sergei Bobrovsky
After Bobrovsky wanted out of Philly because he was the clear backup to Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers traded him to Columbus for a second round pick and a pair of fourth round picks. Bobrovsky would immediately turn into a superstar, posting his career-best 2.00 GAA and .932 SV% in 2012-13, which lead to a Vezina win. He would go on to win his second Vezina trophy in 2017. While you could argue his place on this list, he has yet to make it out of the first round of the playoffs as a Blue Jacket.
Number 3- Jeff Carter
Drafted 11th overall in 2003, Carter saw plenty of early success with the Flyers. While he was never able to top his career high of 84 points during his Kings tenure, he did register three straight 60-point seasons. His contributions in LA helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and again in 2014. While Carter is still going strong, he has registered 329 points in 443 games with LA and Columbus so far.
Number 2- Justin Williams
Originally drafted by the Flyers 28th overall in 2000, he was later sent to Carolina for Danny Markov in one of the worst lop-sided trades in Flyers history. During his first full season with the Hurricanes he helped them win the Stanley Cup. Williams was later shipped to Los Angeles after a string of injuries limited him to just 69 games from 2007 through 2009. Even though he took a lesser role in LA, he would be apart of another two Cup wins.
Number 1- Patrick Sharp
The trade for Patrick Sharp is still one of the worst trades in Flyers history, and it doesn’t look any better considering he has won three Stanley Cups in Chicago since. Sharp announced his retirement after the 2017-18 season. Through 749 games in Chicago he finished with 532 points. Sharp had eight 20-goal seasons in Chicago, breaking the 60-point plateau five times.
Brayden Schenn– Even though Schenn showed huge flashes of potential during his six seasons in Philly, he never quite found his niche. While Schenn has only been gone for about a year, he put up a career year in St. Louis with new highs in goals, assists, and points.
Dennis Seidenberg– Moving around quite a bit after the 2005-06 lockout, Seidenberg would find a long-term home in Boston where he would record the best season of his career, which helped the Bruins win the Cup in 2011.
Joffrey Lupul– Injuries have prevented Lupul from ever truly breaking out in the NHL, but he still managed to rack up 209 points in 329 games after his two-year stint with the Flyers.
Daymond Langkow– Langkow was originally just part of the trade that re-acquired Renberg when he took off and became a solid player in Philadelphia, even winning the Flyers most improved player award. Langkow managed six 50-point seasons split between Phoenix and Calgary. He was known as an iron man, missing just six games total in six years after he was dealt away from the Flyers.
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