The Flyers consummated a major trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 20, 1982. Philadelphia acquired longtime Leafs superstar center Darryl Sittler - a future Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and a Leafs icon of the 1970s- in exchange for Rick Costello, the Hartford Whalers' 1982 second-round pick (Peter Ihnachek) and future considerations (Ken Strong).
The 31-year-old Sittler still had good hockey left in him upon his arrival in Philadelphia. He went on post 32 points in 35 games in his first half-season with the Flyers and then scored 43 goals and 83 points in 80 games in his first full year as a Flyer in 1982-83.
In 1984, shortly before the start of the season, the Flyers traded Sittler to the Detroit Red Wings in a deal that brought fast-rising young forward Murray Craven to Philly.
January 20: Through the Years
- 1972: Third period goals by Simon Nolet (21 seconds after the opening faceoff) and Bill Lesuk enable the Flyers to overcome a one-goal deficit and skate off with a 3-2 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Bill Clement opens the scoring later in the game. Bruce Gamble turns back 28 of 30 shots to earn the win but cannot stop a Bobby Hull slapshot that ties the game at 1-1 late in the first period. The goal is Hull's 34th of the season.
- 1977: The Flyers acquire long-coveted defenseman Bob "the Count" Dailey from the Vancouver Canucks for young defenseman Larry "Izzy" Goodenough and tough guy defenseman Jack "Bucky" McIlhargey.
- 1983: A four-goal outburst by the Flyers stakes the club to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Hockey Hall of Famers Bill Barber (two goals, one assist), Darryl Sittler (one goal, one assist) and Bobby Clarke notch the goals in the middle frame after Glen Cochrane erases an early 1-0 deficit in the middle frame. Defensemen Brad McCrimmon (two assists) and former Flames captain Brad Marsh also get on the scoresheet. The player for whom Marsh was traded to Philadelphia, former Flyers captain Mel Bridgman, scores for Calgary against Bob Froese (20 saves on 22 shots).
- 1999: Ron Hextall makes 29 saves and outduels Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hasek in a 3-0 home win for the Flyers against the Buffalo Sabres. Two even-strength goals by Rod Brind'Amour and a power play goal an an assist by Eric Lindros pace the offense.
- 2004: The Flyers acquire scrappy defensive defenseman Danny Markov from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for productive but injury-prone young forward Justin Williams. In the short-term, the trade helps Philly as Markov becomes an effective blueline presence on a team that comes within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. However, in the long run, Williams becomes one of the most respected clutch scorers in the NHL. The second half of the 2003-04 season proves to Markov's only one in Philadelphia and he is out of the NHL after 2007.
- 2006: With top line center Peter Forsberg out of the lineup with recurring groin problems (related to overcompensating for the congenital foot problem that ultimately ends his career), the Flyers roll the dice by acquiring Petr Nedved from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. The deal also sees the teams swap 2006 fourth-round draft picks. Philadelphia uses its pick to select Finnish defenseman Joonas Lehtvuori. The Coyotes later trade their acquired pick to the Islanders, who use it on the selection of Slovakian forward Tomas Marcinko.
- 2008: Two goals and an assist by Scottie Upshall pace the Philadelphia attack in a 6-1 home win over the Ottawa Senators.R.J. Umberger, Sami Kapanen, Braydon Coburn (three-point game) and Scott Hartnell (power play) also score for the Flyers. Antero Niittymaki stops 25 of 26 shots.
- 2011: In a game that sees a slew of fights and misconducts handed out in the third period, the Flyers earn a home 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Before all the fisticuffs, Mike Richards (two goals, two assists), Danny Briere (one goal, one assist), Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Andrej Meszaros (power play) ring up six goals. Sergei Bobrovsky makes 25 saves.
- 2015: The heat on the already blazing rivalry between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins is turned up another notch in a 3-2 Flyers overtime home win. Luke Schenn, Chris VandeVelde and Claude Giroux (game-winning power play goal with 1:03 remaining in overtime) do the scoring honors, while Ray Emery (33 saves) earns the win in goal. The game is most noted, however, for its many fights. Zac Rinaldo's boarding of Kris Letang late in the first period - which creates a five-minute Pittsburgh power play that the Flyers successfully kill and also leads to an eight-game NHL suspension for Rinaldo - lights the fuse. Later, a series of fisticuffs ensue in the second period, including battles between Jakub Voracek and Rob Scuderi and a surprising Pierre-Edouard Bellemare decision over Bobby Farnham.