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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.
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Glen Metropolit defines the word journeyman. Playing for 12 different teams since his days with the Grand Rapids Griffins of what used to be the International Hockey League back in the 1997-1998 season, Metropolit has spent time in four different leagues since becoming a professional hockey player.
Although he's played in over 400 NHL games, Metropolit has experienced the most success in National League A (NLA), Switzerland's top tier league. Earning several awards for his 2005-2006 season with the Champion HC Lugano, Metropolit has made a noticeable mark on the NLA. For the Flyers, however, his impact wasn't outstanding as he only spent 55 games with Philly before being waived. Let's look at Metropolit's time in Philadelphia and what he's accomplished since.
Metropolit's last goal as a Flyers (go to :50)
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After finishing the 2007-2008 season with the Boston Bruins, Metropolit signed a two-year contract with the Flyers that July. Serving as a fourth liner, Metropolit had a respectable 14 points in 55 games for Philadelphia before being placed on waivers and picked up by the Montreal Canadiens on February 27th, 2009. Ironically, Metropolit's first game for the Canadiens was against the Flyers on the same day. The Canadiens ultimately won the game while Metropolit had a minus-1 rating and 2 PIM.
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Finishing out the 2008-2009 season with the Canadiens, Metropolit had two goals and one assist in 21 games before the Canadiens, squeaking into the playoffs as an eight seed, took on the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Despite his team being swept, Metropolit had two assists for a team that scored a total of six goals all series. He also broke even on plus/minus despite the Canadiens being outscored 17-6.
Staying with the Canadiens for the 2009-2010 season, Metropolit was able to increase his goal total by a large amount while missing over ten games of the season due to rib and shoulder injuries. Missing six games early in the season due to a rib injury and missing the last six games of the regular season due to a seperated shoulder, Metropolit scored 16 goals and had 13 assists in 69 games for the Habs as they entered the playoffs at the bottom-seed yet again.
Metropolit's 2009 and 2010 postseason totals were the same, but both came in completely different fashion. As the Canadiens proceeded to miraculously upset both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games before bowing out to the Philadelphia Flyers in a five game Eastern Conference Finals, Metropolit also partook in a pair of tallies. Metropolit had no points and was a minus-2 in his final NHL game, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in South Philadelphia.
Leaving the Canadiens after the 2010 playoffs, Metropolit returned to the NLA signing a two-year contract with EV Zug. Scoring 53 points, 15 of which were goals, Metropolit led the NLA in points for a second time in his career (2005 with 65). The NLA points leader in 2010? Randy Robitaille with 65.
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Entering the postseason for the fourth straight year, Metropolit did more than just assist this time around. Averaging more than a point per game, he registered two goals and ten points. This was the first time Metropolit had scored in the postseason since his game-winning goal for the Bruins in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Remaining with the team for the second year of his two-year contract, Metropolit is off to a strong start in the first four games of the 2011-2012 season. He has a goal and four assists in the opening four games.
With just one game-winning goal in a playoff series his team ultimately lost, Metropolit most likely won't be remembered for any plays he produced in the NHL. However, his work in the NLA is nothing to disprespect. Averaging 1.29 points/game during the regular season and 1.41 during the postseason, Metropolit can also claim the honors of NLA league leader in points (twice), NLA Best Forward, and NLA Champion in 2005 with Lugano. At the age of 37, a return to the NHL isn't likely. Despite this fact, Metropolit can be honored as a great player over in Switzerland.
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For a player who wasn't drafted, Ruslan Fedotenko has made a noticeable impact on North American hockey. Averaging less than a point every 2 games over his career (333 points in 743 games), Fedotenko has found a way to grab four game-winning scores for his team in the postseason. One of those actually clinched the Stanley Cup for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, a year where -- instead of die-hard Flyers fans celebrating the end of a Stanley Cup drought -- Fedotenko and Dmitry Afanasenkov hoisted the Cup in Florida.
Let's look at what Fedotenko has done in addition to winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay after he left Philadelphia.
Fedotenko joined the Flyers' organization during the 1999-2000 season. Sticking with the Philadelphia Phantoms all season long, Fedotenko was one of the better forwards, recording 17 goals and 34 assists in 67 games.
The following season was Fedotenko's first taste of the NHL. Playing just eight games for the Phantoms, Fedotenko stayed with the big club for 74 games and posted 16 goals and 20 assists. He'd also produce 72 penalty miuntes, his highest total for any season by far with his 52 PIM in 2006-2007 being second closest.
Due to his inexperience and the fact the Flyers didn't last long in the playoffs, Fedontenko's playoff magic didn't kick into gear. As the Sabres beat Philly in 6 games to win their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals battle, Fedotenko's only point came on the secondary assist of Simon Gagne's first-period goal in the Flyers' 3-1 Game 5 victory.
Learning from his rookie season, Fedotenko managed to score more while limiting his time in the penalty box the following year. Playing four more games in the 2001-2002 season than he did in his rookie campaign, Fedotenko scored 17 goals and had nine assists while dropping his PIM total to 43.
In the 2002 playoffs, the Flyers were absolutely embarrassed by the Ottawa Senators in the ECQF. Losing in 5 games, Philly managed to score only two goals all series. In Game 1, both Roman Cechmanek and Patrick Lalime kept the game scoreless as it went into overtime. Almost eight minutes into the extra period, Fedotenko gave the Flyers their only playoff win in 2002 with his only playoff goal as a Flyer.
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In June of that year, Fedotenko was traded to the Lightning with two second- round picks in the 2002 draft for Tampa Bay's first round pick in 2002. With their newly acquired first-round selection, the Flyers picked Joni Pitkanen, a defender who played two seasons with Philly and is currently with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Fedotenko's first season in Tampa Bay was similar to his time in Philadelphia. He'd have 18 goals and 14 assists in 76 games while scoring only one point in 11 postseason games. As the Lightning fell to the New Jersey Devils in five games during the Eastern Conference Semifinals after beating the Washington Capitals in 6 games during the ECQF, Fedotenko's one point was the secondary assist on Martin St. Louis' first period goal in Tampa Bay's only win all series.
The 2003-2004 regular season for Fedotenko wasn't vastly different than his prior three seasons in the league. Posting 39 points in 77 games, there wasn't much indication that Fedotenko would have a memorable playoff run.
Finishing first in the Eastern Conference, the Lightning took on the eighth-seeded New York Islanders. The resurgent Bolts won the series in five games, and Fedotenko had two goals in the series -- scoring once each in Game 4 and Game 5.
Taking on the Montreal Canadiens in the East semis, the Lightning swept the series to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Flyers. Fedotenko's only point in the short set was the winning goal in Game 1 which came early in the second period.
In the infamous Flyers-Lightning seesaw series of 2004, Fedotenko simply bedeviled his former teammates, striking for six goals and one assist in Tampa's seven-game triumph. He'd have the game-winning goal in Game 3, two goals in Game 6, and the first goal of the night in Game 7.
Now four wins away from the Stanley Cup, Fedotenko and the Lightning geared up to take on the Calgary Flames. Fedotenko played in six of the seven games needed to complete the series (missing Game 4 -- the only game during the playoff run he was absent). He'd have three goals and one assist throughout the series. Two of his three markers came in the deciding Game 7, one of which was the Cup-clinching goal (go to :55).
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In total, Fedotenko had 12 goals and 2 assists in his 22 appearances for the Lightning during the 2004 Cup-winning run.
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Unlike most players, Fedotenko didn't suit up for another team during the NHL's lockout of the 2004-2005 season.
One would think his lack of playing might limit his production for the 2005-2006 season. However, quite the opposite happened as Fedotenko set his current career highs in games, goals, and points in that first year back. With 26 goals and 15 assists, Fedotenko had 41 points in 80 games as the Lightning grabbed the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference to sneak into the 2006 playoffs.
Despite his impressive postseason performance in 2004 and displaying big numbers in the regular season, Fedotenko went pointless in the five games it took for the top-seeded Senators to knock out the Lightning in the ECQF.
Carrying over the disappointment from the 2006 playoffs to the 2006-2007 regular season, Fedotenko netted only 12 goals, the least he'd have in any season with the Lightning. To make matters worse, Fedotenko went pointless yet again in the postseason as he took part in only four of a six-game loss to the Devils in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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Prior to the following season, Fedotenko decided to return to the Atlantic Division and signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders. Marred by a late season knee injury and the fact the Islanders didn't make the playoffs, the 2007-2008 regular season was an uncharacteristically rough one. Playing in 67 games and scoring 16 goals with 17 assists, Fedotenko endured his only season since joining the NHL where he wouldn't play beyond the regular season.
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Almost a year to the date after signing a one-year contract with the Islanders, Fedotenko signed another one-year contract, this time with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2008-2009 season. Missing 15 games due to a broken hand after fightning Colby Armstrong in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers on January 6, Fedotenko played in 67 games and totaled 39 points, the most he had in any season since '05-'06.
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Falling two wins short of a Stanley Cup in 2008, the Penguins were looking to reach the Finals for a second straight season.
In the ECQF, the Pens took on the Flyers in a series remembered for Max Talbot "quieting" the Philly crowd to start a Pittsburgh Game 6 comeback. In the six-game series against his former team, Fedotenko scored the Pens' first goal in Game 6 to start the rally along with an assist on Mark Eaton's goal less than two minutes later. He also had an assist in Pittsburgh's Game 3 loss.
As the Penguins advanced to the ECSF they faced Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Highlighted with a three game scoring streak from Game 3 to Game 5, Fedotenko had three goals and two assists against the Caps as the Pens won in seven games to advance to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Stunning the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Hurricanes were looking to extend their magic to the ECF against the Pens. Unfortunately, it didn't happen as they were swept by Pittsburgh in four games. Fedotenko had a goal and an assist in Game 3 while adding on another goal in Game 4.
For the second straight year, the Penguins looked to beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals. This time, however, they'd come out victorious. Scoring his only goal during the series in Game 1, Fedotenko also contributed two assists, one of which was the secondary helper on Tyler Kennedy's Game 6 winner.
For the second time in his career Fedotenko was a Stanley Cup Champion. With his numbers slightly lower than what he posted in 2004, his seven goals and seven assists during the run were crucial to Pittsburgh's success.
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Flush with another dose of ultimate success, Fedotenko decided to spend another season in the Steel City, inking another one-year pact weeks after the title.
Scoring just 11 goals in the 2009-2010 regular season, Fedotenko netted 30 points in 80 games before the Penguins took on the Senators in the opening round of the playoffs. Taking part in only two games against the Sens and four games of the Pens next series against the Canadiens, Fedotenko went pointless in six games marking the third time he'd have a pointless postseason in a four-year span.
Leaving Pittsburgh in the 2010 offseason, Fedotenko was invited to the New York Rangers training camp in September later signing with the team in October. Missing 16 games due to a seperated left shoulder, Fedotenko played in 66 games posting career lows in goals (10), assists (15), and points (25). As the Rangers took on the top-seeded Caps in the opening round, Fedotenko had two assists in the five game series. Both came in the Rangers' double overtime loss in Game 4 before the Rangers ultimately lost the series in Game 5.
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This past July Fedotenko signed another one-year contract with the Rangers. It's his sixth one-year deal over his career.
Fedotenko isn't consistent in the playoffs, but when he's hot he can help lead a team to the Cup. He'll turn 33 in January meaning his speed and ice time are most likely dwindling as well as his likelihood to have a positive impact on a team come April.
Even if his time being a clutch postseason role player are over, Fedotenko will be remembered by fans around the league.
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In an attempt to return the last place Flyers back to the playoffs in just one season, Paul Holmgren was aggressive in his first couple months as GM back in 2006-2007. In addition to attaining Braydon Coburn, Lasse Kukkonen, and Martin Biron, Holmgren used Peter Forsberg and the pick Nashville originally gave the Flyers in exchange for Forsberg to rob the Predators of Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, Ryan Parent, and Scottie Upshall.
As Hartnell and Timonen remain a part of the Flyers' organization, Parent and Upshall left after playing multiple seasons in Philly. Parent is currently in Vancouver while Upshall has bounced around since being a fan favorite in The City of Brotherly Love. Let's take a look at his career since his days in Orange and Black.
Two days after being traded to the Flyers, Upshall made his presence felt. In his first game with Philly, Upshall scored the Flyers' fourth goal of the game on a wrap-around shot to beat the New York Rangers' Steve Valiquette early in the third period. The goal turned out to be the game-winning goal as the Flyers went on to win 5-3.
The tally was one of six Upshall scored in his 18 games for the Flyers back in 2006-2007. He'd score three of those against the Boston Bruins, one of which was his other game-winning goal for the Flyers that season. As Sami Kapanen led him on a breakaway during overtime, Upshall pulled off an impressive reach-around backhanded shot to win it for the Flyers with just 10 seconds left.
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Adding in the fact Upshall also had seven assists for 13 points in 18 games with the Flyers to close out the season, Holmgren decided to sign him to a two-year contract in early July of 2007. Limited to just 61 games due to ankle and wrist injuries, Upshall joined Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter to form one of the Flyers most productive lines during the 2007-2008 season. Scoring 14 goals and posting 16 assists in his lone full season with the Flyers, Upshall helped Philly return to the playoffs.
Since the Flyers finished sixth in the Eastern Conference they'd take on the third-seeded Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In an intense series that ultimately went seven games, Upshall enjoyed his first playoff series victory as he posted three assists during the Quarterfinals and opened the scoring for Philly in Game 7.
As Philly moved on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, they faced the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens, a team that swept the Flyers during the regular season. After dropping the first game in overtime, the Flyers went on to win four straight upsetting the Canadiens and heading on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Upshall had three points during the series, one of which was the series-winning goal that came late in Game 5 via deflection off of a Jeff Carter wrist shot (go to 8:25).
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Upshall and his teammates didn't have the juice left for the ECF against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to injuries, and the Flyers lost in five games. Upshall not only went pointless, but also lost a fight to Tyler Kennedy.
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During the 2008-2009 season, Upshall played in 55 games for the Flyers scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists before he was shipped to Phoenix. Along with a second round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, with which Phoenix picked Lucas Lessio, Upshall joined the Coyotes' roster while Daniel Carcillo was shipped to Philly.
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Upshall was floored by the trade. " I sat around this morning and thought I wouldn't want to be anywhere but Philadelphia after today and finish the season here," Upshall told the Associated Press the day of the deal. "It was tough to take."
Despite being upset about the trade, Upshall had an immediate impact on his new team. Playing in just 19 games for the Coyotes to finish out the season, Upshall scored eight goals, one more than he had in his 55 games for the Flyers earlier that season. Adding on five assists to his goal total for Phoenix in the limited number of games, Upshall earned himself a one-year contract from the Coyotes late in July of 2009.
The 2009-2010 season was a year of mixed feelings for Upshall. Despite posting his career highs in goals and points, Upshall most likely ended the season wondering what could have been. Missing a couple games due to upper and lower body injuries, Upshall had 18 goals and 14 assists in 48 games before tearing his ACL against the Calgary Flames in his 49th game of the season. He'd miss the final 27 regular season games as well as all of the Coyotes' seven game loss in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to the Detroit Red Wings.
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This past season was Upshall's first season in the NHL where he played 82 games, the equivalent of a full season, but the total didn't come in typical fashion. After posting 16 goals and 11 assists in in 61 games with the Coyotes, along with a two-game suspension for a late hit on Oskars Bartulis, Upshall was traded for the third time in his career. This time, he joined the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Sami Lepisto in exchange for Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers. In 21 games for the Blue Jackets, Upshall had six goals and one assist.
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This past July, Upshall signed a four-year contract with the revamped Florida Panthers.
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Upshall was a great pest and energy player in his time with Philly. When he traveled to Phoenix and Columbus he experienced a little more scoring and high point totals. With the help of new additions Ed Jovanovski, Jose Theodore, Marcel Goc, Tomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim, Brian Campbell, and Nolan Yonkman, Upshall is looking to push the new look Panthers into the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Can Upshall be a leader for Florida or will he return to his agitating form from Philadelphia?