In the debut article of this series, we discussed the ghosts of three Flyers defensemen past. In the second installment of this series, here are three centers from the 2011-2016 era of Flyers hockey.
Maxime Talbot (C)
Playing with the Flyers from 2011-2014, including the lockout-shortened 2012 season, Max Talbot is a name many Flyers fans remember. Talbot contributed 46 points and 84 penalty minutes over 127 total games in Philadelphia. Of course, before coming to Philadelphia, Talbot was on the opposite side of the then-lively Flyers/Penguins rivalry. As a member of the Pens during the 2009 Conference Finals, Talbot dropped the gloves with Dan Carcillo, an ordeal he closed by shushing the Philly crowd, something fans will remember in their own light.
Following his time with the Flyers, Talbot continued his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins, and played for Avangard Omsk in the KHL. In 42 games throughout the 2018-19 season, he contributed 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 14 penalty minutes. Talbot retired following the 2018-19 season and has joined an agency to work in player development.
Zac Rinaldo (C)
Another name Flyers fans are sure to remember, Rinaldo played four seasons in Philadelphia from 2011-2015 and remains in the NHL today. In his four seasons in Philadelphia, also including the shortened 2012 season, Rinaldo contributed 24 points and 572 penalty minutes over 223 games. Flyers fans will remember him for the physicality and enforcer role that he held on the team. And my favorite, being scared by the fake snake in the cooler prank, courtesy of former head equipment manager Derek Settlemyre.
Following Philadelphia, Rinaldo played for the Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes, and Nashville Predators, and currently plays in the Calgary Flames organization. He was recently promoted from their AHL affiliate to the Flames. So far in the 2019-20 season with Calgary, Rinaldo has three points (two goals, assist) and 25 penalty minutes over twelve games.
Ryan White (C)
White played two seasons in Philadelphia, from 2014-16. Over the course of his time here, he contributed 28 points and 131 penalty minutes over 107 total games. Though White was not a large contributor numerically, he was a memorable character both on and off the ice. Most memorably, he scored a goal that contributed to the Game 5 win against the Capitals in the 2016 playoffs.
Following his stint with the Flyers, White played for the Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota loaned White to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild, where he spent time before becoming a free agent. White now plays for the Winnipeg Jets’ affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. In six games this season, White has two points and 28 PIM in ten games.
All information retrieved from NHL and AHL databases, and hockeydb.com.