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Philadelphia Flyers 18 Most Complete Teams Ever

April WeinerCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers 18 Most Complete Teams Ever

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    This summer, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov. The team's goaltending has been inconsistent over the past couple seasons and the team believes that the goaltending was the only missing piece.

    Now, they have everything they need it would seem to be a complete team, despite trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and losing Ville Leino to free agency.

    The team still has depth at forward, great defense and top-notch goaltending now. 

    Since we won't know how well this team actually performs on the ice until the season begins, let's reminisce about the most complete and best Flyers teams in history.

     

    Note: all numbers from hockey-reference.com 

18. 2000-01 Roster

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    The 2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers went 43-25-11-3, finishing second in the Atlantic Division and with 100 points.

    In the playoffs, the team lost in six games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Buffalo Sabres

    The team's top three scorers that season were Mark Recchi, Keith Primeau and Simon Gagne. Recchi scored 77 points, including 27 goals; Primeau scored 73 points, including 34 goals and Gagne scored 59 points, including 27 goals.

    Dan McGillis and Eric Desjardins led the team on defense and Roman Cechmanek led the team in goal, with a save percentage of .921 and GAA of 2.01. 

17. 1986-87

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    The 1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers went 46-26-8, tallying 100 points and finishing first in the NHL Patrick Division. 

    The team won the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, where the team lost to the Edmonton Oilers.

    The team's best scorers were Tim Kerr, 95 points, Peter Zezel, 72 points, Dave Poulin, 70 points, and Brian Propp, 67 points.

    Mark Howe led the team on defense that season and Ron Hextall led the team in goal, with a save percentage of .902 and GAA of 3.00.

    Propp led the team in playoff scoring with 28 points and Hextall had a GAA of 2.77 in the playoffs.  

16. 2005-06

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    The 2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers came back hard from the lockout, going 45-26-11 and racking up 101 points as they finished second in the Atlantic Division.

    They lost in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Buffalo Sabres, four games to two. 

    The scoring leaders on that year's Flyers were Simon Gagne, who scored 79 points, Peter Forsberg, who scored 75 points, and Mike Knuble, who scored 65.

    Joni Pitkanen led on defense and Antero Nittymaki was in goal, with a GAA of 2.97 in the regular season.

    Forsberg led the team in playoff points, scoring eight points in six games.  

15. 2003-04

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    The 2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers went 40-21-15-6 during the regular season, accumulating 101 points. They finished first in the Atlantic Division and went to the conference finals, where they were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    The team's top offensive producers that season were Mark Recchi, 75 points, Michal Handzus, 58 points, and John Leclair, 55 points. 

    Joni Pitkanen led on defense and Robert Esche led in net. 

    During the playoffs, Keith Primeau, Alex Zhamnov and Jeremy Roenick were the leading scorers and Esche boasted a .918 save percentage and 2.32 GAA. 

14. 1995-96

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    The 1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers went 45-24-13, racking up 103 points as they finished first in the Atlantic Division.

    They lost in the conference semifinals to the Florida Panthers, in six games.

    The team's scoring leaders during the regular season were Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour. Lindros scored 115 points, 47 of them goals. LeClair scored 97 points and Brind'Amour put up 87 points.

    Eric Desjardins led on defense and Ron Hextall led in net, with a save percentage of .917 and GAA of 2.17.

    Lindros, LeClair and Dale Hawerchuk led in playoff scoring and Hextall put up a GAA of 2.13.  

13. 1996-97

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    The Philadelphia Flyers had another top season in 1996-97, again going 45-24-13 for 103 points during the regular season.

    This time, the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings

    That season, John LeClair, Eric Lindros and Rod Brind'Amour were the team's scoring leaders. LeClair scored 97 points, Lindros scored 79 points and Brind'Amour scored 59 points.

    Eric Desjardins led on the blue line, alongside veteran Paul Coffey. Ron Hextall was in net.

    During the playoffs, Lindros led in scoring, with 26 points in 19 games and Hextall split the net time with Garth Snow. 

12. 1999-2000

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    The 1999-2000 Philadelphia Flyers went 45-22-12-3, accumulating 105 points and finishing first in the Atlantic Division.

    The team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, where they were defeated in seven games by the New Jersey Devils, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

    That season, the Flyers scoring leaders were Mark Recchi, 91 points, John LeClair, 77 points, and Eric Lindros, 59 points.

    Eric Desjardins was still leading the team on defense and John Vanbiesbrouck was in net, boasting a GAA of 2.2.

    Recchi led in playoff scoring with 18 points in 18 games. Brian Boucher was the goaltender in the playoffs, with a save percentage of .917 and GAA of 2.03. 

11. 1977-78

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    The 1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers finished second in the NHL's Patrick Division, going 45-20-15 during the regular season for 105 points.

    The team lost in five games of the semifinals to the Boston Bruins.

    During the regular season, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Rick MacLeish led the team in scoring. Clarke put up 89 points, Barber put up 72 and MacLeish put up 70 points.

    Tom Bladon led on defense and Bernie Parent was in net, boasting a GAA of 2.22. 

    MacLeish and Clarke led in playoff scoring, followed closely by Orest Kindrachuk.

     

    Photo courtesy of: legendsofhockey.net 

10. 1982-83

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    The 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers were the No. 1 team in the Patrick Division, finishing 49-23-8, with 106 points.

    They were swept in the division semifinals by the New York Rangers.

    The team's roster that year boasted names like Bobby Clarke, Daryl Sittler, Brian Propp, Dave Poulin, Tim Kerr and Bill Barber.

    Clarke led the team in regular-season scoring, with 85 points, and Poulin led the team in playoff scoring.

    Pelle Lindbergh was in net for most of the regular-season games and all of the postseason games.

     

    Photo courtesy of: legendsofhockey.net  

9. 2010-11

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    Last season, the Philadelphia Flyers had one of the best teams they've ever had, going 47-23-12 during the regular season for 106 points. 

    However, something wasn't right and the team lost in the conference semifinals to the Boston Bruins in just four games.

    Besides some inconsistent goaltending, with depth at forward—having every forward contribute at one point or another—and depth on defense.

    Even with inconsistent goaltending, the team was one of the best in the league last season and won the Atlantic Division, a tough division to lead. 

8. 2002-03

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    The 2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers went 45-20-13-4 in regular-season play, good for 107 points and second in their division.

    They went to the conference semifinals, losing in six games to the Ottawa Senators.

    That year, the team boasted players like Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Keith Primeau, Michal Handzus, Eric Desjardins, John LeClair and Simon Gagne.

    Roenick led the team in regular-season scoring and Recchi led the team in playoff scoring.

    Roman Cechmanek was in net, boasting a .925 save percentage and GAA of 1.83 in the regular season. In the playoffs, he posted a save percentage of .909 and GAA of 2.15. 

7. 1985-86

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    The 1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers went 53-23-4 that season, racking up 110 points and finishing first in the Patrick Division.

    They lost in the conference semifinals to the New York Rangers. 

    That year's Flyers roster featured players like Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, Mark Howe, Dave Poulin and Rick Tocchet.

    Propp led the team in regular-season scoring, putting up 97 points and Kerr led the team in playoff scoring, with six points in five games.

    Bob Froese was the starting goaltender in the regular season and in the playoffs.

     

    Photo courtesy of: flyers.nhl.com  

6. 1976-77

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    The 1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers were coming off of their third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance and their first loss in the finals.

    They had a successful regular season, going 48-16-16 for 112 points and finishing first in the Patrick Division.

    They lost in the conference semifinals to the Boston Bruins. 

    That team was still boasting a Hall of Fame roster in Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, Tom Bladon and Reggie Leach, as well as their Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent.

    MacLeish led the team in regular-season scoring with 97 points and tied Bob Dailey for the lead in playoff scoring.

     

    Photo courtesy of: nhldigest.com 

5. 1973-74

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    The 1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers season was the first time the team accumulated more than 100 points in a season. The team went 50-16-12, good for 112 points and first in the NHL West.

    The team went on to win the Stanley Cup, the franchise's first Cup win. 

    That team's roster featured players like Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Bill Barber, Bill Flett, Don Saleski and Dave Schultz. 

    The team also had Bernie Parent, who posted a GAA of 1.89 during the regular season and 2.02 during the playoffs, helping the team clinch their first Cup.

    Clarke led the team in regular-season scoring and MacLeish led in playoff scoring.

     

    Photo courtesy of: flyershistory.com  

4. 1984-85

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    The 1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers had a successful regular season, going 53-20-7, good for 113 points and finishing first in the Patrick Division.

    The team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Edmonton Oilers, the franchise's fifth finals appearance. 

    The roster featured players like Tim Kerr, Brian Propp, Dave Poulin, Mark Howe, Rick Tocchet and goaltender Pelle Lindbergh.

    Kerr led the team in regular-season scoring with 98 points and Propp led in playoff points, scoring 18 in 19 games.

    Lindbergh posted a GAA of 3.02 during the regular season and 2.5 during the playoffs.

     

    Photo courtesy of: legendsofhockey.net  

3. 1974-75

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    The 1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers were coming off of the franchise's first Stanley Cup win, which for a lot of teams would have meant having a letdown season the following year.

    Not for the Flyers though.

    They went 51-18-11 for 113 points and finished first in the Patrick Division again. They also made their second consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance, winning their second Stanley Cup.

    Their team roster was pretty much the same, with Bobby Clarke leading the team in regular-season scoring and Rick MacLeish leading in playoff scoring.

    Legendary goaltender had a GAA of 2.03 during the regular season and 1.89 during the playoffs.

     

    Photo courtesy of: legendsofhockey.net 

2. 1979-80

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    The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers had another successful season in 1979-80, a theme of the '70s. The Flyers went 48-12-20, good for 116 points and first in the Patrick Division. 

    They led the league in points that year as well.

    The team would advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, the team's fourth Stanley Cup Finals appearance in seven years. 

    The team still featured some of the Flyers greats in Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Reggie Leach, Brian Propp and Rick MacLeish.

    Ken Linseman led the team in scoring in both the regular season and the playoffs and Pete Peeters and Phil Myre split time in net.

     

    Photo courtesy of: sportsillustrated.asia 

1. 1975-76

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    The Philadelphia Flyers most successful season points-wise was the 1975-76 season. The team went 51-13-16, good for 118 points. Yet, they didn't lead the league in points that year.

    The team advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals that season, losing to the Montreal Canadiens. It was their third consecutive appearance and first loss in the finals.

    The team still featured the Flyers greats: Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Reggie Leach, Orest Kindrachuk, Don Saleski and Rick MacLeish, to name a few.

    They had Bernie Parent and Wayne Stephenson in goal. 

    Clarke led the team in regular-season scoring, tallying 119 points and Bill Barber was close behind with 112 points and 50 goals that season. Leach scored 91 points, but led in goals with 61. 

    It's easy to see why this team dominated during the season, but they just fell short of their third consecutive Cup win.

     

    Photo courtesy of: hhof.com 

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