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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's Always Awful in Philadelphia by @ExcitedBobErrey

It's been a long time since the Philadelphia Flyers have won the Stanley Cup.  A VERY long time.  Chances are that if you're reading this, you most likely weren't alive at the time, let alone old enough to comprehend what was happening.  It was May 27, 1975 when the Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres to win their last Stanley Cup.  A lot has happened in those 38 years, such as:
  • The internet is now a real thing
  • There are cars that can drive themselves
  • We elected a black President.  TWICE!
  • Anything and everything 80s
  • The entire 1990s
  • And another decade after that, one nobody quite knows the proper name for
Another thing that happened was a LOT of current NHL players were born.  23 man rosters mean that across the league there are 690 players.  677 were born after the Flyers won the Stanley Cup last, meaning only 13 players were even alive the last time the Flyers skated around the ice with Lord Stanley.  The NHL seasons officially kicks off tonight, and here's a list of current players in the NHL who were born prior to May 27, 1975 and therefore can claim to have been alive the last time Philly won the Cup:

Daniel Alfredsson (b. Dec 11, 1972)
Hal Gill (b. Apr 6, 1975)
Jaromir Jagr (b. Feb 15, 1972)
Kimo Timonen (b. Mar 18, 1975)
Martin Brodeur (b. May 6, 1972)
Nikolai Khabibulin (b. Jan 13, 1973)
Ray Whitney (b. May 8, 1972)
Saku Koivu (b. Nov 23, 1974)
Sami Salo (b. Sep 2, 1974)
Sergei Gonchar (b. Apr 13, 1974)
Teemu Selanne (b. Jul 3, 1970)
Tim Thomas (b. Apr 15, 1974)
Todd Bertuzzi (b. Feb 2, 1975)

Given that the Flyers missed the playoffs last season, Paul Holmgren is an awful GM with seemingly unquestionable job security, the team has one of the worst cap situations in the entire league, their goalies are Steve Mason and Ray Emery, and their prospect pool has been rated among the worst in the league, it seems inevitable that this list will shrink to zero before the Flyers win the Stanley Cup again, and there should be many, many more years of ineptitude and early playoff exits from the eastern part of Pennsylvania.

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