Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Is Greatest Rivalry in the NHL Today

April 6th, 2012 by Ted Backa Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will meet for the sixth time in the NHL playoffs next week. Besides the fact that both teams have a chance to win the Stanley Cup and they both call Pennsylvania home, they have only one other thing in common: hatred for each other.

There are many factors that go into a really great hockey rivalry, but true hatred for an opponent and their coaching staff is essential. Typically, this occurs during a game or in the middle of a season. However, it kicked off early last summer when Jaromir Jagr made it known through an intermediary that he wanted to sign with his old team, the Penguins.

It was going to be a great reunion, except for one thing: Jagr and his agent used Pittsburgh as leverage to get more money from the Flyers. GM Ray Shero was incensed, and Mario Lemieux probably wasn't very happy to be used by his former line mate in this manner. Penguins fans didn't like Jagr much anyway because of his moodiness the last few years while he played with the team, and then when the Penguins got nothing in return when he was tr ...

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