On February 19, 1992, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins completed a major trade that would ultimately help both sides.
The Flyers gave up a lot -- team captain Rick Tocchet, hulking and reliable defensive defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and goaltender Ken Wregget, plus a 1992 third-round pick (Dave Roche). In return they received young star winger Mark Recchi, veteran defenseman Brian Benning and a 1992 first-round pick (Jason Bowen).
The Penguins' new acquisitions would become important contributors to their drive to the 1992 Stanley Cup championship. Recchi, meanwhile, would make an immediate impact on the Flyers' lineup over the remainder of the 1991-92 campaign. The following season, Recchi set a Flyers single-season scoring record. Later, Recchi was the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade with the Montreal Canadiens that brought John LeClair and Eric Desjardins to the Flyers.
Coincidentally, Samuelsson, Recchi and Tocchet would all subsequently return to the Flyers for second stints, and Recchi and Tocchet were teammates on the 1999-2000 Flyers team that fell one win short of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
February 19: Through the Years
- 1971: Simon Nolet's late second-period goal breaks a 2-2 tie and stands as the game winner in a 3-2 home win over the Vancouver Canucks.
- 1984: The Flyers battle back from a pair of one-goal deficits in regulation and go on to earn a 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on a game-winning tally by Tim Kerr (37th goal of the season). Darryl Sittler and Rich Sutter also score for Philly, the latter forcing overtime with a third-period goal. Bob Froese stops 34 of 36 shots.
- 2001: Roman Cechmanek earns a 21-save shutout in a 4-0 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Keith Primeau notches even-strength and power play goals against his former team while Mark Recchi (power play) and Todd Fedoruk open the scoring in the first period.
- 2004: The Flyers acquire a valuable rental for the stretch drive and playoffs as they obtain center Alexei Zhamnov from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for young defenseman Jim Vandermeer and prospect Colin Fraser. The deal also sees the teams swap draft picks, with the Flyers sending a 2004 second-round pick (Bryan Bickell) that originally belonged to Los Angeles and receiving a 2004 fourth-round pick (R.J. Anderson) that originally belonged to Washington. Despite periodic bouts of back spasms, Zhamnov posts 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 20 regular season games for the Flyers, plus 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 18 playoff games. Zhamnov is especially dominant in the Flyers' first-round series win over longtime nemesis New Jersey.
- 2008: The Flyers made a depth move on defense, acquiring longtime NHL defenseman Jaroslav Modry from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2008 third-round pick (Geordie Wudrick).
- 2009: The Flyers double up the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 6-3. Mike Richards enjoys a monster game, scoring even strength and shorthanded goals and recording three assists for a five-point performance. Martin Biron makes 39 saves in goal to earn the win.
February 19: Flyers Birthdays
- Small but feisty winger Rob DiMaio was born February 19, 1968, in Calgary, Alberta.
- Aggressive utility forward Kris Newbury was born February 19, 1982, in Brampton, Ontario.