Where do I even begin with this Flyers blog. For starters, I wanna acknowledge that I’m not the biggest Flyers guy in the basement, nor do I claim to be. Ross and Buckets bleed orange but since I’m the oldhead of the group, I think I remember the Mike Richards days more than the rest of my Philly counterparts.
The Flyers, unfortunately, haven’t given me a whole lot to cheer for during my lifetime. One of the few moments happens to be that 2009-10 season. Heading into the season, the flyers were 14/1 to win the cup, smack dab in the middle of the pack.
Although the Flyers season would eventually come to an end in game 6 of the cup finals, the history made and the ride leading up to it were unreal. One of the highlights from that run was our captain, Mike Richard’s shift against the Habs. After we came back against the poverty franchise Boston Bruins, I felt bad for any team that got in our way. That would just happen to be the Canadians. Those French fucks didn’t stand a chance. In the close out game 6, Mike Richards showed exactly why he had the capital C sewed onto his sweater.
Despite the Flyers season ending so close to lifting lord Stanley’s Cup, the entire city felt like we had something great for years to come. Giroux was just 22 and balled the fuck out in that playoff run – 21 points in 23 games. Was also JVR’s rookie season so of course all of us thought that ugly fuck was gonna be so good. Fuck JVR – Dude is such a dork. Thing’s were looking up for the Flyers entering the 2010-11 season. The team was much better than the year before across the board but would eventually get swept by the Stanley Cup bound Bruins in the conference semis.
The Flyers front office had enough and didn’t waste much time to begin molding their new team. On June 23rd, 2011, both Richards and Jeff Carter were shipped out of town in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek, a 2nd rounder in the 2012 draft and a 3rd rounder in the 2011 draft. The draft picks would turn into Anthony Stolarz and Nick Cousins.
Also worth noting that the Mike Richards “History Will Be Made Commercial” is an all time classic.