The Rod Brind'Amour trade devastated Philadelphia. They lost a two-way player who bled orange and black, playing each game with the fire and hard work that won over every true Flyers fan.
Though Carolina turned out to be clear winners of the trade, Philadelphia's end was nothing to frown about.
Keith Primeau was a 6'5", 235-pound monster who took over in 2001 when Desjardins resigned his captaincy. Primeau's intimidating, aggressive presence helped the Flyers get back to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.
It was in that series where Primeau scored one of the most exciting goals in franchise history. Trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning by a goal with less than two minutes remaining in Game 6, facing elimination, Primeau tied the game.
It was efforts like that which drew the admiration of NHL legend Phil Esposito. He told Primeau, "When you and the Flyers took the Lightning to seven games, you were the most dominating player I ever saw. More than Orr, Howe, Gretzky, or anyone."