Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Join the Flyer Wire List Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • RSS


With people talking trade deadline in baseball, we look back at the best deadline moves by the Flyers in franchise history.

Tuesday, 07.30.2013 / 12:13 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
Share with your Friends


We here at the Flyers feel for our friends across the street who reside at Citizens Bank Park.

Their season is not going how they expected it to at this point (We know the feeling. It’s oh-so-fresh in our minds…) and sometime in the next day, or so, there will be roster changes that the team never wanted to make to begin with.

With Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline coming tomorrow, the Phillies may move some bigger name players for future needs.

It got us thinking then, what might be the best moves the Flyers have ever made at the NHL deadline?

It was surprising to find that most of the moves the Flyers made at (or near) the trade deadlines in the history of the franchise were rather non-descript.

There was the one everyone hated – in 2002 when the Flyers sent top goalie prospect Maxime Ouellet, a first rounder, a second rounder and a third rounder in the 2002 draft to Washington for Adam Oates – which may have been the most memorable.

(Although, in retrospect, Ouellet never panned out, nor did any of the draft picks, so it was ultimately a wash).

But, for the most part, deadline trades have not been a big part of Flyers lore.

Still, we decided to put together a top five list anyway… if for no other reason but to generate some conversation and to feel an affinity with the Phillies at this uncertain time.

Before we get to the Top Five though, here are a few we left off the list:

2/27/68 – Wayne Hicks to Pittsburgh for Art Stratton– This trade is only mentioned because it was the first deadline deal in franchise history. And it was certainly unmemorable. Hicks only played 115 NHL games in his career – 32 with the Flyers. He had just two goals and seven assists in his one season with Philadelphia before playing 15 games with the Penguins, the final 15 games of his NHL career. Hicks, a right wing, had significant success in the AHL and the WHL where he played a combined 17 seasons.

As for Stratton, he played 12 games at center for the Flyers at the end of their inaugural season and totaled all of four assists. Like Hicks, they were his final games in the NHL and he also was more well known in the AHL and WHL then in the NHL, where he played all of 95 games.

The most interesting aspect of this deal was that it was between the Flyers and Penguins. Could you imagine those two teams trading at the deadline now?

2/19/92 – Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a 1992 3rd round pick to Pittsburgh for Mark Recchi, Brian Benning and a 1992 1st round pick – We left this one off because it’s immediate impact didn’t lift the Flyers to new heights (although Recchi did set a franchise scoring record in his first go-round with the team). But it was a mega deal at the time. Tocchet and Samuelsson were stalwarts for the Flyers and went on to help the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The first round pick never panned out for the Flyers either (Jason Bowen), which made this deal favor the Pens.

Again, a trade with Pittsburgh (it happened more often then you would think back in the day). Still, now, it would be utterly taboo (even though the Flyers did trade the rights to Dan Hamhuis for a draft pick to the Pens a couple years back. Aside from that though, the last trade between the two teams was 3/17/02 when the Flyers traded Kent Manderville to Pittsburgh for Billy Tibbetts. Woah!

4/7/95 – Garry Galley to Buffalo for Petr Svoboda – This one was probably No. 6 on the list, but just missed the cut. Galley was the Flyers best defenseman during their woeful five-year run of missing the playoffs in the early 90s. But trading him for Svoboda at the deadline in the lockout-shortened season of 1995 was a sign the Flyers were ready to make a run. Svoboda was a better skater than Galley and was a gritty defenseman as well. He became a key piece to the Flyers run in the late 90s as one of the top teams in the NHL, playing parts of five seasons with the Flyers. It was a good trade for the Flyers and one worthy of consideration. But it wasn’t top five material.

Instead, here are the best of the deadline deals:





1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.