The Flyers won their second straight game to open this 2011-12 season, with a 3-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils at the Rock.
Ilya Bryzgalov provided the magic so many had hoped he would, saving all 20 of the Devils' shots and providing the Flyers first shutout since the 2010 playoffs.
Claude Giroux opened the scoring with a goal in the first while both Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored in the third period to extend the Flyers' lead.
Both teams power-play units failed to score a goal despite having a combined 13 man advantage opportunities.
The Flyers had the first several chances of the game after Petr Sykora was sent to the penalty box for high-sticking Kimmo Timonen 27 seconds in. The visitors had two shots on net, including a Jakub Voracek attempt in the crease that was turned away by the ageless Martin Brodeur. Despite coming up empty, they kept up offensive pressure for the next few minutes until Zac Rinaldo was called for tripping Eric Boulton.
Even with the scare of a Sean Couturier broken stick, the Flyers killed off the Devils' power play and returned to dominating the action until potting the first score of the night.
As James van Riemsdyk guarded the puck from a few Devils in the corner, he slid the puck to a wide-open Giroux in front who smacked it past Brodeur for his first goal of this season.
Late in the first period, the Flyers almost extended their lead to two goals with a short-handed breakaway by Andreas Nodl. After breaking up a pass between two Devils defenders, Nodl was off to the races taking a high shot on Brodeur that hit the New Jersey netminder and rolled wide of the net. Nodl's chance was the last solid scoring opportunity for either team in the opening 20 minutes.
The Flyers entered the second period carrying the momentum, despite the need to kill off 21 more seconds in Braydon Coburn's holding penalty.
To start the second, Coburn returned to the penalty box for boarding 63 seconds after being released from the box for his first period penalty. Killing off their third shorthanded situation of the game, the Flyers returned to producing offensive pressure in the Devils' defensive zone. Highlighted by a power play due to a Patrik Elias holding call and a Danny Briere shot that rang off the pipe, the Flyers once again came within inches of extending their lead.
Continuing the penalty-taking trend, Rinaldo drew David Clarkson into a holding infraction late in the period. The Flyers didn't enjoy a power play for long as Matt Carle was flagged for tripping 24 seconds later. .
The Devils had a series of quick scoring chances in a vain attempt to get on the scoreboard, including one which resulted in Bryzgalov doing a split on the ice as time expired.
Read played strongly in the season opener against the Bruins and through two periods against the Devils, so it was only fitting he scored the first goal in the third period to extend the Flyers' lead. Walking into the slot, Read let go of a wrister that squeaked through Brodeur's right arm and right hip and dribbled into the net at the 2:41 mark.
This wasn't the end for the Flyers as Elias was called for tripping six seconds after Read's goal. The Flyers didn't score on their fourth power play of the night, but it led to a Simmonds goal three seconds after the man advantage.
Fighting for a rebound in front of the net, Simmonds put the puck home while on shoved to the ice and with several Devils on top of him. The tally was his first as a Flyer and his second point in the Orange and Black.
Simmonds wasn't done putting the hurt on the Devils as he landed a strong jab to Clarkson's face in a fight later in the period which concluded with a takedown. To make matters worse for Clarkson and his teammates, he received a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and put the Flyers on their sixth man advantage of the game.
The remaining half of the third period saw three more minors, but no more goals as the Flyers held on to extend their season opening winning streak to two games.
Notes: Bryzgalov's shutout tonight ended Philadelphia's 101-game streak without blanking ana opponent...The last Flyers shutout came when Michael Leighton turned away the Canadiens in Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals at Montreal...Philly has won its first two games on the road for the second time in three seasons. In 2009, the club topped Carolina and New Jersey to begin the year...The Devils have lost three straight season openers...Saturday marked the first time the Flyers scored first in a game since Game 2 against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in May.. This also marked the first time Coburn had four or more penalty minutes in a game since April 3 (7 PIM vs. New York Rangers)... The Flyers were 0-for-8 while the Devils were punchless in five chances...Simmonds' last fight before tonight happened on February 10 against Ryan Craig of the Pittsburgh Penguins...Giroux is the only Flyer with a goal in each game this season..Chris Pronger, Andrej Meszaros, and Simmonds all have at least a point in each game thus far.
On Thursday night, the Flyers returned to the site where their Stanley Cup dreams ended last season.
This time, the Flyers had a new goalie, several new players, and a desire for revenge.
The result was a 2-1 victory on a night the Boston Bruins raised their 2011 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.
After Brad Marchand scored the first goal of the NHL season, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each scored for Philly within a 42-second span late in the first period.
Ilya Bryzgalov, fresh from his $51 million, nine-year deal, made quite the impression in his first regular-season start for Philly, saving 22 of 23 shots on net. Chris Pronger led all Flyers in ice time with 24:34 while providing the secondary assist on Giroux's goal.
And Jaromir Jagr's return from a three-year Russian exile resulted in his 1,600th NHL point.
The game didn't start out strong for the Flyers as the Bruins provided the early offensive onslaught and the game's first goal.
With Zac Rinaldo in the box for holding the stick, the defending champions took advantage. Tyler Seguin completed a pass from blue line-to-blue line landing on the stick of Marchand, who weaseled his way past the defense for a breakaway. Going to his backhand, the hulking forward slid the puck past Bryzgalov for a 1-0 lead at 9:42.
The Bruins dictated play for a few more minutes before the Flyers started pushing back. That surge from Philly resulted in Matt Read being slashed by Nathan Horton in Tim Thomas' crease with just under two minutes left in the opening period.
With the man advantage, Jagr used his still-sharp puck-handling skills to send Giroux up the middle. He broke into the Bruins' zone kicking the puck to his stick and deked Thomas for an easy score -- the Flyers' first goal of the new season.
Forty-seven seconds later, and with under three seconds left in the first period, Voracek registered his first goal as a Flyer. Completing a spin-o-rama with the puck, Voracek managed to put his shot between Thomas's legs to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead heading to intermission.
Bryzgalov recorded his first big save of the season midway through the second period. As Marchand stormed to the top of Bryzgalov's crease, he received a pass from David Krejci. Going against the grain, Marchand took a shot on net with Bryzgalov sliding away from the play. Despite his momentum moving him right, Bryzgalov was able to glove the shot with a flourish and keep the score 2-1.
The rest of the second period was pretty eventless despite two Flyers penalties in the last five minutes. Although the Bruins had three minutes and eighteen seconds on the power play, the Flyers out shot Boston 2-0 to close out the middle stanza. To open the third period, the Bruins had 41 seconds left on Wayne Simmonds' holding penalty.
With the Bruins applying severe pressure on multiple power plays during the third period, Kimmo Timonen provided the save of the game.
Simmonds was sitting in the box again, this time for hooking, and Horton found himself with a wide-open net on a rebound attempt while Bryzgalov was out of position. Coming across the crease to protect the wide open net, Timonen was able to block the puck with his stick and move it away from the net.
The Bruins had another favorable chance later in the power play when Seguin whiffed on a chance at the side of the net with Bryzgalov on his butt and out of position.
Near the end of the game, the Bruins kept fighting and fighting in hopes that one more shot would find it's way past Bryzgalov. Unfortunately, it never happened as the Flyers held on to start off their third straight season on the right foot.
Many of the new faces made a difference in tonight's game. Voracek had a goal, Jagr (who also drew a penalty late in the game) and Simmonds had an assist, and Max Talbot looked strong on the penalty kill while leading the team with high four hits. Read drew the penalty that led to Giroux's goal and Sean Couturier formed a strong penalty-killing duo with Talbot.
The team, as a whole, came out pretty sluggish and unmotivated to start the game -- but that can be chalked up to the adrenaline rush the Bruins felt from their pregame ceremony. However, late in the first period, Peter Laviolette's boys started looking strong and resembled a team that could find its way to the playoffs.
Bryzgalov had a strong night despite a shot that fooled him in the middle of the third period. As a shot leaked through a standing Bryzgalov, the puck landed in the crease and towards the net with Horton on the verge of putting it home. However, Bryzgalov covered and kept the score the same. The team seemed to play confident in front of both him and Pronger tonight.
The Flyers look to start the season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2009-2010 when they travel to New Jersey and play the Devils at The Rock on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Notes: The Flyers have now won three straight season-openers (all on the road)...The Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak in Boston with their win tonight -- the win also snaps a six-game losing streak to the Bruins overall...Jagr's assist was also his 90th career point against the Bruins...Marchand now has three goals in seven regular season games against the Flyers...The Flyers out- shot the Bruins 25-12 in the first two periods of the game (13-6 in the 1st, 12-6 in the 2nd). The Flyers blocked 17 shots while the Bruins blocked only nine...Chris Pronger had 5 blocked shots alone.
What can one expect from the Philadephia Flyers this season?
Trading away the captain and an elite goal-scorer for one of the league's best goalies and young talent is a bold move, and we will find out soon enough whether or not Paul Holmgren's tumultuous offseason will pay off for the Flyers and their fans.
You, me, and every other Flyers' fan on the planet has no idea what's going to happen with the newest batch of warriors just yet, but is the mystery surrounding the Flyers the biggest question in relation to the upcoming NHL season? Here are some more topics to think about as the puck gets ready to drop on the league's 94th course.
Will Crosby Ever Be The Same?
He missed 48 games last season (41 regular-season and seven playoff) due to a high hit from former Cap David Steckel in the Winter Classic compounded by a Victor Hedman check four days later.
Nine months wasn't enough time for Crosby to fully recover from the hit in January. He said he wouldn't play in the first week of the season, and that was backed up when the Pens placed him on injured reserve. Concussions affect every player from every sport differently, but taking three-quarters of a calendar year to recover from one concussion is a pretty serious matter.
One has to think he tries to comeback from this injury just purely on how important of a commodity and personality he is to the success of the NHL, but what if he's rushed to comeback before he's 100 percent? In his first game back, if he takes an elbow to the head or has his face smashed up against the glass, is that the end of his career?
Can The Devils Become Cup Contenders?
With the dual losses of Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner to the St. Louis Blues and the affects of Marty Brodeur's age becoming evident, at first glance the obvious answer is no. However, the Devils did turn it on near the end of the season -- making a push for the playoffs after sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference for most of the year.
Going 28-10-3 in their last 41 games, the Devils could use the remnants of last season's late momentum in a similar fashion to how the Flyers carried Big Mo from the 2010 playoffs to the start of the 2010-2011 regular season. Not to mention the fact Ilya Kovalchuk is now settling down and the team couldn't possibly be plagued again with as many injuries to start the year.
How Will Ville Leino Perform in Buffalo?
Leino was a big part of the Flyers 2010 Cup run and helped our club maintain the top spot in the Eastern Conference for most of the 2010-2011 regular season, but he had a lot of help in the process.
One could argue a lot of Leino's success was due to the fact he was on a line with puck mover Danny Briere and body-mover Scott Hartnell. Most players could post a 50-point season playing on that line. It's true the Sabres ranked in the top 10 in goals-per-game last year and that Austrian sniper Thomas Vanek had over 70 points, but these aren't stats that help Leino's case.
The Flyers placed third in the league in GPG and Vanek plays the same position as Leino. The trio of Jason Pominville/Derek Roy/ Leino could be a forceful combo for the Sabres, if they choose to use it, but will any line the Sabres form with Leino be as effective as the LBH line?
Will The Capitals Do Something to Get Over the Playoff Hump?
The Washington Capitals have won the Southeast Division each of the last four years, but have advanced to the conference semifinals only twice.
Losing to the Flyers in seven games back in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and then losing to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games in the 2010 quarterfinals, the Caps have only frustrated their fans in the postseason after dominating during the regular season. The only team they've beaten in the playoffs over the last four years is the New York Rangers. Granted they've done it twice, it took the second-seeded Capitals seven games to edge the Rangers in the quarterfinals back in 2009 -- done after going down 1-3 in the set.
With the additions of Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer, Roman Hamrlik, and most importantly Tomas Vokoun, perhaps the Red can rock their way into the semifinals for the first time since their trip to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.
How Good Will The Winnipeg Jets Be?
The Atlanta Thrashers weren't too good in 2010-2011, so the expectations for them to make the 2012 playoffs aren't too high. Since the team has moved to a city more focused and passionate about hockey, there will be more pressure and emphasis on success -- however that's defined. This can push the Jets to make the playoffs, or at least within a couple points of the playoff picture, but the amount of travel this team will be forced to undertake is likely to hurt their chances for this season.
The divisions will realign next year, but this season the Jets will be making cross-continent trips just to play teams in their division. A die-hard fanbase combined with a bit of adversity will either make or break the Jets this season.
Will Two Teams From The Northwest Division Make The Playoffs?
It's safe to say the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs again after not doing much roster shuffling in the wake of blowing a 2-0 lead in the Cup Finals.
The rest of the division, however, missed the playoffs last year. Each of the four teams can make an argument that they could reach the postseason. The Calgary Flames finished the season similar to the Devils, as they went 23-9-7 down the stretch but fell just out of the playoff picture. If they start out the season a little better a playoff berth is within grasp. The Minnesota Wild were able to keep most of their defense and goaltending together while grabbing two offensive-minded forwards, both from San Jose. Although they lost Brent Burns and Martin Havlat, the Wild now have Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi to help out Mikko Koivu. Will the Wild finally have enough offense to return to the playoffs?
Despite young rosters and a promise of contention in future days, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers aren't really out of the picture either. The Avs now have a strong goaltending duo while the Oilers will audition another young talent in first-overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Can one of the two squeak into the playoffs?
How Will Phoenix Play Without Ilya Bryzgalov?
Bryzgalov, without a doubt, was a huge part to Phoenix's success last season. Without the ability to rely on his goaltending, it remains to be seen if Coyotes can make their way back to the playoffs.
Jason LaBarbera was the other goalie for the Coyotes last year, posting a record of 7-6-3 with a save percentage of .909 and a high goals-against average of 3.26. Mike Smith could make a push for the starting job with a record of 13-6-1 in 2010-2011 and gaining some pressure experience in the 2011 playoffs, but his save percentage of .899 doesn't scream top-notch goalie. Curtis McElhinney is in the system as well, but can you turn to a guy with only 67 games over four seasons in the NHL? Add in lack of playoff experience (four games in total among the three goalies) and it doesn't look too good.
Who Will Come Out of The West?
It's easy to say the Canucks will win, but teams around them have gotten stronger this off-season. The Central Division alone will boast three teams that may likely cause the Canucks problems.
The Blackhawks, who were one goal away from upsetting Vancouver in the West quarterfinals, have added grit to their roster and are getting some key players (Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith) to focus harder on reaching the Finals again.
The Predators also gave the Canucks some problems in the 2011 playoffs. With the experience and confidence likely gained from their first playoff series win in franchise history, the Preds are looking to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time ever.
The Red Wings, as always, are always a provisional Stanley Cup contender. Perhaps with strong goaltending from Jimmy Howard, and if the veteran team can endure the grind of another season, the Red Wings could knock the Canucks out. From the Pacific Division, both the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings could advance to the Finals. The Sharks added a strong defender in Brent Burns and a proven playoff performer in Martin Havlat, while the Kings added Mike Richards to an already playoff-ready roster.
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The Flyers' Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000 will forever be remembered for Keith Primeau's game-winning goal in Game 4 that came in the fifth overtime. Primeau's goal may have not been as dramatic if the goal didn't tie the series at two games apiece creating a surge of momentum for Philly. After losing both games at home to open the series, the Flyers and Penguins took Game 3 into overtime after Jaromir Jagr's second goal of the game (he had five in the series including both of Pitt's game-winning goals). Just over 11 minutes into overtime, Andy Delmore found the back of the net to give Philly their first win in the series. This was Delmore's biggest goal as a Flyer. The next game was Primeau's overtime winner and in Game 5 Delmore led the Flyers to victory by netting a hat-trick as Philly took the series in six games. Let's take a look now at Delmore's career since that series and the time he's spent playing for 13 different teams since then.
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After the semifinals, the Flyers were devastated in the Eastern Conference Finals as they blew a three games to one lead over the hated New Jersey Devils losing in seven games. The Devils then went on to beat the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals.
This wasn't the end of Delmore's time in Philly as he returned for one more season. During the 2000-2001 regular season, Delmore had five (should of had six) goals and nine assists in 66 games as the Flyers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference hosting the Buffalo Sabres in the quarterfinals.
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Philly lost the series in six games, but Delmore had the game-winning goal in Game 3. It was his only point in the 2001 playoffs and it's his last point in the NHL playoffs to date as well as his last taste of the NHL playoffs.
During the offseason, the Flyers moved Delmore to the Nashville Predators after signing veteran Eric Weinrich. In exchange for Delmore the Flyers received Nashville's third round pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, a pick that was ultimately transferred to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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"At his age for him to be the seventh man on our defense, we felt that it was better for us to move him and better for his career," former Flyers' GM Bob Clarke told SportsLine.com about the trade.
Once in Nashville, Delmore exploded offensively. After totaling 30 points in 115 games with the Flyers over three seasons, Delmore had 38 points for the Preds in just 73 regular season games during the 2001-2002 campaign. Despite his offensive outburst, the Predators missed the playoffs finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
The following season, 2002-2003, Delmore played in less games than the 2001-2002 season and had less assists but was able to score more goals. Putting in two more goals, Delmore had 18 in the 2002-2003 regular season as well as 16 assists for 34 points in 71 games for the Predators. Nashville once again missed the playoffs finishing 13th in the Western Conference.
During the 2003 offseason Delmore was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a third round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.
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Delmore's time in Buffalo was rough as he missed 11 games due to a groin injury and lacked offensive production. He only played in 37 games for the Sabres and eight games for the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, totaling nine points before being part of a three-way trade resulting in him as a Boston Bruin. He was shipped to the San Jose Sharks with Curtis Brown for Jeff Jillson and a ninth round selection in the 2004 NHL Draft before being traded to Boston for future considerations.
Delmore didn't play in any games for the Bruins and left the team after the 2003-2004 season after the team didn't make a qualifying offer for him over the summer of 2004.
During the lockout, Delmore played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for the Adler Mannheim Eagles. He was joined by other NHLers Jochen Hecht, Rene Corbet, Steve Kelly, and Cristobal Huet. In 50 games, Delmore had seven goals and 16 assists before helping the Eagles fall just short of the DEL Championship in the postseason. His regular season work earned him a spot at the DEL All-Star Game.
Following the lockout, Delmore was on four different teams in a two month span. He was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in August of 2005. Late in September, Delmore was assigned to Detroit's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Less than one week after being assigned to the Griffins, Delmore was placed on waivers where the Columbus Blue Jackets picked him up. Then, a week after being picked up by Columbus and playing in just one game for the Blue Jackets, Delmore was sent down to Columbus's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
In seven games for the Blue Jackets in the 2005-2006 season, Delmore had no points and had a plus/minus rating of -1. However, for the Syracuse Crunch, Delmore set his career high for assists and points with a single club in a single season posting 55 assists and 72 points in 66 games. His impressive season earned him the AHL's "Eddie Shore Award" which goes to the league's best defenseman.
Delmore's offensive touch didn't extend into the postseason as he only had an assist in the six games it took the Manitoba Moose, the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, to knock out the Crunch in the opening round of the playoffs.
Following the 2006 AHL playoffs, Delmore was signed by EHC Basel of Switzerland's National League A (NLA). He wouldn't stay long as he signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning just over a month after signing with EHC Basel.
Similar to what happened to him the season before, Delmore was sent down to the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate at the time, the Springfield Falcons, in late September. Spending his whole time with the Tampa Bay organization in the AHL, Delmore had 12 goals and 12 assists in 47 games for the Falcons before being traded in February of 2007.
Delmore was shipped from Tampa Bay, along with Andre Deveaux, to the Atlanta Thrashers for Kyle Wanvig and Stephen Baby. Within the same day, he was sent down to the Thrashers' AHL affiliate at the time, the Chicago Wolves. Delmore would play in 28 games for the Wolves scoring five goals and registering 11 assists during the regular season.
In the 2007 AHL playoffs, Delmore played in all 15 of the Wolves' postseason matches posting six assists as Chicago fell to the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, in five games during the third round of the playoffs.
Playing on four different AHL teams over a span of two seasons, Delmore decided to take his talents back to the DEL. Instead of rejoining the Adler Mannheim Eagles, Delmore signed a contract with the Hamburg Freezers. It was here that Delmore settled down for two seasons. In his first season with the club, Delmore had 35 points for the Freezers in 51 games. He'd only have one assist in the playoffs as the Freezers lost in the Quarterfinals.
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For the 2008-2009 regular season, Delmore played in one more game for the Freezers than he did the previous season but posted four less points scoring nine goals and assisting on 22 goals. Despite this fact, Delmore earned a spot at the DEL All-Star Game for the second time in his career. As the Freezers lost in the quarterfinals again, Delmore had a goal and three assists this time around.
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After the 2009 DEL playoffs, Delmore decided to return to the NHL signing with the Detroit Red Wings for the second time in his career. Just like his first time with the Wings, they sent him down to the Griffins just before the season started. In 54 games for Grand Rapids, Delmore had five goals and 15 assists before being traded yet again.
In early March of 2010, the Red Wings sent Delmore to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Riley Armstrong. Sent down to the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, Delmore played in just nine regular season games scoring a goal and posting three assists.
Returning to Europe following the 2009-2010 season, Delmore joined Lorenskog Ishockeyklubb of the Get-Ligaen, Norway's premier ice hockey league. Playing in just 24 games for Lorenskog IK during the 2010-2011 season, Delmore had five goals and six assists as well as a goal and six assists in the playoffs.
In late August, Delmore signed a contract with KHL Medvescak Zagreb of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL), Austria's highest-level ice hockey league. So far with his latest team, he has earned the honor of being alternate captain despite going pointless in seven games so far this season.
Not taking part in an NHL game since the 2005-2006 season, it's safe to say Delmore's hunt for the Stanley Cup is over. However, deep postseason runs with the Chicago Wolves and Lorenskog IK shows there's a chance Delmore can be a part of a championship team at some level of hockey. At 34-years-old, Delmore's time is running out as he searches for his first professional championship.
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Michal Handzus has had six seasons of at least 30 points in his last eight NHL seasons. In his three years with the Flyers he totaled 146 points during the regular season along with 20 points in the playoffs.
Although these are impressive stats, in 2006 Flyers' GM Bob Clarke decided to make a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming off a 26-goal season and serving as an alternate captain with the Hawks, Kyle Calder made his way to Philly. The 27-year-old played less than 60 games for his second NHL team and had the misfortune of taking part in the Flyers' worst season in franchise history.
It's been over four years since Calder has been in the Orange and Black. Let's take a look at Calder's experience in multiple leagues since his time with Philadelphia.
Calder's tenure lasted all of 59 games during the 2006-07 season. He recorded nine goals and 12 assists. He managed to post a two-goal game in January against the Washington Capitals. Unfortunately, it didn't matter as the Caps destroyed the Flyers 6-2. Calder also managed to score four goals in a five-game span in late December-early January of that season. His last goal as a Flyer came on February 19 against the Boston Bruins, a game where he'd also have two assists and earn the second star as the Bruins won 6-3 (go to 1:58).
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One week after his three-point game against the Bruins, Calder found himself back in Chicago. Traded for defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and a third-round pick in the 2007 draft (with which the Flyers chose Garrett Klotz), Calder returned to the team that drafted him in 1997, but he didn't stay there long. Later that day, Calder was flipped to the Detroit Red Wings for Jason Williams.
Seemingly not phased by the trades, Calder made an instant impact for the Red Wings. In his first game for the Wings, Calder scored a goal against the Blackhawks on his first shift of the game and added an assist later on. He'd play 18 more games for the Wings to finish out the season posting four more goals and eight more assists.
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Finishing at the top of the Western Conference, the Wings eliminated the eighth-seeded Calgary Flames in six games. Calder posted his only point of the postseason in Game 6 as he had the secondary assist on Johan Franzen's series-winning goal in double overtime. It was his last point in the NHL playoffs (go to 2:38).
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The Red Wings went on to win the Western Conference Semifinals beating the San Jose Sharks in six games advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Detroit lost to the Anaheim Ducks in six games as Calder only played in eight of the Wings' final 12 games.
This marked the end of his time in Detroit as Calder signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings in July of 2007. His first year in Los Angeles wasn't noteworthy as he had seven goals and 13 assists in 65 games while missing nearly ten games due to a fractured thumb. The Kings, who also had former Flyers Jaroslav Modry and, ironically, Michal Handzus, finished last in the Western Conference while the Red Wings went on to win the 2008 Stanley Cup without the help of Calder.
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Joined by rookie forward Wayne Simmonds and veteran Sean O'Donnell, Calder was able to post moderately better numbers for the Kings in his second season with the club. Playing in nine more games (74), Calder had one more goal (8), six more assists (19), seven more points (27), and 23 more PIM (41) in the 2008-2009 season than he did the previous year. In addition, Calder's only game-winning goal in 139 appearances with the Kings came on February 5 in a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals (go to 4:35).
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Despite Calder's improvement in play the Kings missed the playoffs for a second straight year with Calder on the roster and a sixth straight year overall.
After the 2008-2009 season, the Kings decided not to resign Calder leaving him searching for a job for the 2009-2010 campaign. Ultimately, Calder was invited to the Ducks' training camp in mid-September. Originally being cut by the Ducks in late September, Calder was resigned by Anaheim in late October. Instead of being on the NHL roster Calder was sent down to the Bakersfield Condors, Anaheim's ECHL affiliate.
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Playing in five games with the Condors, Calder had three goals and three assists before being recalled to the Ducks' roster in mid-November. In Anaheim, Calder played in fourteen games displaying horrible numbers. With no goals and just two assists, Calder posted a minus-7.
His less than exemplary work led to his placement on waivers where he was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. In 40 games for the Marlies, Calder had 14 goals and 16 assists.
Posting six points in five games for them in 2009, the Bakersfield Condors decided to resign Calder for the 2010-2011 season. In another five-game stint for the Condors, Calder had three goals and four assists before leaving for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League.
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In 13 games with his new team, Calder had three goals and four assists adding on an assist in the playoffs.
Calder was not resigned by Barys Astana due to an incident during their playoff series with AK Bars Kazan.
Currently a free agent, the future doesn't look too bright for the 32-year-old Alberta native. His last goal in the NHL was in the 2008-2009 season, he hasn't broken the 30-point plateau in the NHL since his days with the Blackhawks, and he hasn't scored a goal in the NHL playoffs since 2002. At 32-years-old, Calder's best chance at still playing professionally is in the AHL or KHL with a team that's able to put aside his drunken incident with Barys Astana.