Philadelphia Flyers Fans Should Thank The NHL For The Salary Cap

December 21st, 2010 by Guy Harrison Leave a reply »
With the exception of the occasional off-year, the Philadelphia Flyers have always been one of the NHL's more successful franchises since their inception 43 years ago. The club's .576 all-time winning percentage, second only to the Montreal Canadiens, is pure evidence of that.

Despite the team's regular season success, however, the team has only won two Stanley Cups and none since 1975. Although the team has made seven Cup Final appearances since then, there has always been something missing.

What that "something" has been is hard to put a finger on, especially since the Flyers and their owner/chairman Ed Snider have always tried their hardest to field—or is it ice?—a highly competitive team.

Therein lies the problem.

For too long, especially in the late 90s and earlier 2000s, the Flyers' attempts at winning the Stanley Cup have resulted in them acquiring other team's underachieving first-round picks—a tradition that more successfully continues today—as well as big name players well past their prime.

Until the Flyers' recent run of success, there were too many Jeremy Roenicks, Alexandre Daigles, Tony Amo ...

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