By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
It has been 43 years since the Stanley Cup was last won by the Flyers. There have been many notable players that have been huge cornerstones for the franchise during that time, yet they have nothing to show for it.
This is the Top 5 Best Flyers who didn’t win the Stanley Cup
Number 5- Claude Giroux
Giroux is the only player on this list that still has a chance to finally win, but the countdown is starting. Now approaching his 31st birthday, the concern is how many good years he has left. The good news is he is coming off the best year of his career where he registered 34 goals and 102 points, both career highs. Most of his tenure as a Flyer has been during the rebuilding years, so he has not been rewarded with a championship. He did reach the Finals in 2010, losing to the Blackhawks. Now it is time to see if he can complete the rebuilding process and get a Stanley Cup win.
Number 4- Tim Kerr
Kerr joined the Flyers in 1980 as an undrafted free agent where he fit the role of a “Bully” perfectly. He was known as a sniper who racked up four straight 50-goal seasons, though a string of injuries ultimately limited his superstardom to five seasons. Kerr still sits third in goals in Flyers history, but the Stanley Cup eluded him. However, he did help the Flyers reach the Cup Finals in 1985 and again in 1987, losing to the Oilers both times.
Number 3- Brian Propp
The best left winger in Flyers history made his debut in 1979, four years after the Flyers’ last Cup win. During his rookie season he helped carry the Flyers to the Cup Finals with a 75-point season, good enough for third on the team. The Flyers made the playoffs every season of his Flyers career (except 1989-90 but he was traded before the end of the season) including three Cup appearances. Propp still sits second all-time in Flyers goals and assists, and third in points.
Number 2- Eric Lindros
Even though Lindros posted back-to-back 40-goal seasons to open his Flyers career, the Flyers failed to qualify for the playoffs both years. Things turned around in 1994-95 as the Flyers made it all the way to the Confrence Finals before losing to the Devils in six games. Two years later when the Legion of Doom was at its peak, Big E helped lead the Flyers to the Finals where they were swept by the Red Wings.
Number 1- Mark Howe
Howe spent his early career in the World Hockey Association, which later became the Hartford Whalers when the NHL absorbed the WHA in 1979. Howe became a Flyer in 1982 at the age of 27. Falling to the same fate as both Propp and Kerr, Howe’s Flyers made it to the Finals in 1985 and 1987, but failed both times. Philly did not qualify for the playoffs during his last three seasons with the team, mainly due to Howe’s mounting injuries.
Dave Poulin– Even though Poulin is mostly remembered for his clutch playoff performaces, including a five-on-three shorthanded goal that beat the Quebec Nordiques in game six, he nas never able to capture the Cup.
Pelle Eklund– A solid playmaker for the Flyers throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, including three 50-assist seasons, he helped carry the Flyers to the 1987 Cup Finals. His NHL career came to an end suddenly after he was traded to the Stars after his scoring declined.
Daniel Briere– Briere had five 60-point seasons and 11 Stanley Cup Playoff appearences in his career. He earned the nickname “Mr. Playoffs” after his impressive 30-point effort during the Flyers 2010 Cup run.
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