In this new series for Philly is Flyer, Brianna Grosso will be taking a look at past Flyers and where they are now. She will be focusing on players you may (or may not) have forgotten about. In this edition, she focuses on three defensemen that were part of a recent era of Flyers hockey.
In the first edition of this new series, here are three names you most likely remember. Each of these players spent multiple seasons in Philadelphia within the past decade, and were regular names within the defensive pairings for the team. Their stints occurred around the same time, and all were present for the 2012 lockout. Two of them were also part of the 2012 playoffs, which saw positive performances for the team’s top players, Giroux, Couturier, and Briere, before the Flyers were eliminated in the second round.
Luke Schenn (D)
Everyone who followed the Flyers then remembers that trade in which Schenn was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for James van Riemsdyk. It’s still a sore spot for a lot of fans, but we’re moving on… In four seasons and 213 games with the Flyers, Schenn tallied 42 points and 140 penalty minutes.
After the Flyers, Schenn played for the Kings, Coyotes, Ducks and the Canucks. He also spent time with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL. After signing with the Lightning this summer, he started this season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. In six games with the Crunch, Schenn had six points (all assists) and two penalty minutes. At the end of October, he was recalled to the Lightning amidst injuries at the NHL level.
Andrej Meszaros (D)
Brought in to help increase defensive depth in the wake of the loss of Chris Pronger, Meszaros stepped into a big role for the team. As a Flyer, Meszaros tallied 76 points and 116 penalty minutes in 192 games.
The Flyers traded Meszaros to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline in 2014. In exchange, the Flyers received a third round pick that became Mark Friedman. Meszaros also played for the Sabres following the Bruins, before continuing his career in the KHL, and now the Slovak Extraliga. He currently plays for Bratislava Slovan and has nine points (all assists) in 19 games so far this season. He also has 20 penalty minutes.
Nicklas Grossmann (D)
In his 198 games with Philadelphia, Grossmann tallied 38 points and 118 penalty minutes. To Flyers fans, however, he is best known for his name change in 2012. Since his rookie season in 2006, his name had been spelled ‘Grossman’ — with one n. It wasn’t until a Flyers employee noticed the discrepancy on his passport that he admitted it was actually spelled with two.
Following the Flyers, he went on to play for the Coyotes and Flames, before joining the Sodertalje SK of the Swedish league. He amassed eight points (three goals, five assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 28 games. He announced his retirement before the 2019-20 season.
All information retrieved from NHL and AHL databases, and hockeydb.com.