NHL Fact: Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils Haven't Traded In 25 Years

Chris SchaeferContributor IJanuary 26, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against Ilya Kovalchuk #17 the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Flyers 2-1 in the shoot out.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The year 1986 is a very long time ago.

Top Gun was the number one grossing film of the year.  A gallon of gas was 89 cents.  The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take off. 

It was a pretty good year for Philadelphia hockey.

Surprisingly, the Philadelphia Flyers were in the same place that they are today in the standings at the end of that season, and the New Jersey Devils were, too.

The Flyers finished the 80-game season in first place in the Patrick Division with a record of 46-26-8.  

The Devils finished the 80-game season in last place in the Patrick Division with a record of 29-45-6.

That was 25 years ago.

Just a few short weeks ago, there were rumors that the (former) Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner was headed to Philly.  Anyone that's followed the Flyers or Devils trade trends over the past 25 years probably knew that trade was never going to happen.

Fast-forward to the present day.  Langenbrunner was dealt back to his former stomping grounds in Dallas for a handful of pretzels.  It was reported that the Devils were seeking the young Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk in exchange for that dinosaur, Langenbrunner.  

Anyone that knows anything KNOWS that would never happen.  Even though Paul Holmgren has been flirting with the idea of bringing in a gritty veteran forward ever since he gave Bill Guerin a shot to make the squad in the preseason, he would never give up a talent like "JVR."

He especially wouldn't give him up to the Devils.

In fact, the Flyers and Devils haven't exchanged players since 1986.  It's a fact that has been lost in the shuffle over the past 25 years. 

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils made a trade was March 11, 1986.  

That trade brought Glenn "Chico" Resch to Philly in exchange for the 1986 third-round pick, who ended up being Marc Laniel.  

An even crazier fact is the Flyers and Devils have only made two trades with each other in NHL history.  Before the "Chico" trade, the Devils sent Sam St. Laurent to Philly for future considerations.  I wonder when those "considerations" expire?

So with all the rumors that float around trade deadline time every year, one thing is almost certain. Even if the Devils had anyone on their roster that the Flyers had interest in, these two teams probably wouldn't be making a trade.

This article was also published here: Philly Sports God Blog