December 15, 1996
In the days before the salary cap, it was common for some of the "bigger market" teams to throw money at problems or deficiencies in a way that others could not. The Philadelphia Flyers were one of those teams who were not afraid to spend money to acquire quality talent, even if that talent was on the downside of a career, a no-brainer Hall-of-Fame career.
On this day, the Flyers acquired defenseman Paul Coffey from the Hartford Whalers in a five-player deal. He brought with him a resume of winning four Stanley Cups, being a 12-time All-Star and a host of offensive scoring records from his days in Edmonton and Pittsburgh.