With veteran superstar center Peter Forsberg increasingly debilitated by a congenital foot problem that eventually ended his career, he was unable to commit to a contract extension. Looking to secure their future, the Flyers traded the impending unrestricted free agent to the Nashville Predators. In return, the Flyers received speedy and aggressive young winger Scottie Upshall (a former Predators first-round pick), defense prospect Ryan Parent (also a first-round pick) plus the Predators' 2007 first-round pick.
The final element proved to be the most important in the long haul. After the season ended and the Predators were eliminated in the playoffs, the Flyers soon flip the Predators' first-round pick back to Nashville in exchange for the rights to impending free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen and left winger Scott Hartnell.
Immediately upon announcing the trade, the Flyers also announced the signings of Timonen and Hartnell to six-year contracts. The Predators selected defenseman Jonathan Blum with the reacquired first-rounder.
The Flyers also acquired a 2007 third round pick from Nashville in the original Forsberg trade. That pick was subsequently traded to the Washington Capitals as the Flyers moved up in the draft to acquire a second-round pick. With that pick, the Flyers take defenseman Kevin Marshall. The Nashville pick that the Flyers transferred to the Capitals was used on Phil Desimone.
February 15: Through the Years
- 1970: The Flyers chase the Los Angeles Kings out of the Spectrum in a 7-1 rout that sees Philly outshoot LA by a 55-31 margin. Bill Sutherland paces the Flyers offensively with two goals and an assist. Philly also gets goals from Terry Ball, Simon Nolet, Earl Heiskala, Gary Peters and Jim Johnson. Rookie center Bobby Clarke chips in two assists, as do Andre Lacroix and Gary Dornhoefer (who also adds a second period fight with Brent Hughes onto his busy night). Bernie Parent makes 30 saves to earn the win.
- 1976: The Flyers scratch out a 2-1 win at the Spectrum over their eventual Stanley Cup Final opponent, the Montreal Canadiens. Trailing 1-0 at the first intermission, the Flyers get a Larry Goodenough goal in the opening minute of the second frame to knot the score. In the third period, Bill Barber scores his 34th goal of the season just 14 seconds after the opening faceoff. Philly holds on for the win as Wayne Stephenson (playing in place of injured Bernie Parent) stops 27 of 28 shots. Montreal's Ken Dryden takes the loss despite stopping 39 of 41 Flyers' shots.
- 1988: Flyers enforcer Dave Brown hits the double-digit goal mark for the 1987-88 season an an opportune time, as he scores in overtime to make the Flyers a 5-4 winner against the visiting Hartford Whalers. The seesaw, fight-filled game also sees Peter Zezel (power play), Mark Howe (power play), Derrick Smith and Ron Sutter score for the Flyers. Among several fights in the game, Rick Tocchet engages Hartford defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Brown, who assisted on Smith's second period goal to tie the score at 3-3, picks up a double roughing minor in the first period but does not have a full-blown fight in this game. Otherwise, Brown would have had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
- 1990: In his second stint as a Flyer, veteran netminder Pete Peeters records the penultimate shutout of both his Flyers and NHL career as he turns back all 27 Toronto Maple Leafs shots he faces in a 3-0 Flyers home win. Pelle Eklund, Brian Propp (scoring the 368th of the 369 goals he tallies in his Flyers Hall of Fame career) and Rick Tocchet (empty net) light the lamp for the Flyers.
- 1994: During the second intermission of a game in San Jose in which the Flyers trail the Sharks, 4-3, rookie Flyers winger Mikael Renberg speaks up in the locker room. He then goes out and tallies a natural hat trick in the third period with even strength goals for his 23rd, 24th, and 25th goals of the season. Renberg, who assisted on an Eric Lindros goal in the first period, finishes with a four-point night in the Flyers' 6-4 win. The same game sees Mark Recchi tally his 30th goal of the season, Lindros net his 29th, and winning goaltender Dominic Roussel stop all 19 shots he faces after relieving starter Tommy Soderstrom (four goals allowed on nine shots).
- 1995: The Flyers trade streak scoring left winger Josef Beranek to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for enforcer Shawn Antoski. A former first-round pick by Vancouver in 1990, Antoski offers both size and outstanding speed as well a willingness to drop the gloves with regularity. The rest of Antoski's game is raw and will not emerge at the NHL level.
- 1997; The Flyers earn a convincing 5-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CoreStates Center. Philadelphia gets goals by John Druce, Eric Desjardins (shorthanded), Pat Falloon, John LeClair and Dan Lacroix. Ron Hextall faces just 18 shots, stopping 17.
- 2000: The Flyers make a trade with the Vancouver Canucks. Philly acquires veteran enforcer Gino Odjick in exchange for veteran defensive winger Mikael Andersson and the previously acquired Carolina Hurricanes' 2000 5th-round draft pick (Kristofer Ottoson).
- 2001: A 32-save performance by Roman Cechmanek, a three-goal Flyers outburst in the second period and a three-point game by Mark Recchi (two goals, one assist) key a 5-2 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the first period, Philly's fourth line kicks in a pair of goals, with Todd Fedoruk opening the scoring and then assisting on a goal by P.J. Stock. Dan McGillis also tallies a second period goal.
- 2009: A four-goal Flyers explosion in the second period opens up a 5-0 lead as Philly goes on to earn a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After rookie Claude Giroux's third NHL goal opens the scoring in the first period, Philly batters the Blueshirts for four goals in the middle frame: Mike Richards (20th goal of the season), Matt Carle, Glen Metropolit and Mike Knuble get the scoring accolades.
- 2011: The Flyers are unable to protect a 3-1 lead in regulation but go on to defeat the host Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in a seven-round shootout. Brian Boucher stops six of seven in the skills competition, while Kimmo Timonen secures the extra point from the game. James van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe score in regulation. Powe's goal is scored on a successful penalty shot against Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson.
February 15: Flyers Birthdays
- Living legend Jaromir Jagr was born in the former Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) in the small industrial city of Kladno on Feb. 15, 1972.
- Speedy two-way winger Taylor Leier was born February 15, 1994 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Flyers Hall of Fame inductee Brian Propp was born on Feb. 15, 1959, in a tiny Saskatchewan farming community called Neudorf. He was raised in Lanigan. Saskatchewan.