On January 23, 2000, the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes announced a major trade. The Flyers sends long-time fan favorite forward Rod Brind'Amour to the Hurricanes in exchange for Keith Primeau.
The deal also saw Philly send goaltending prospect Jean-Marc Pelletier and a 2000 second-round pick (Argis Saviels) and receive a 2000 fifth-round draft pick (later dealt to the New York Islanders and used on the selection of Kristofer Ottosson by New York).
The trade briefly created a "Twin Towers" one-two punch on the Flyers with the 6-foot-5, 220 pound joining the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Eric Lindros to center the team's top two forward lines. Subsequently, Primeau and Jeremy Roenick became the Flyers top two centers Succeeding Eric Desjardins, Primeau was named Flyers captain on October 23, 2001.
January 23: Through the Years
- 1975: The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers go into a building that used to a house of horrors for them in their formative years and summarily thrash the St. Louis Blues in a 7-2 blowout. The game features two goals and assist by Reggie Leach and a pair of crushing bodychecks by Bob "the Hound" Kelly on Barclay Plager (one of the Flyers' main tormentors in their pre-Broad Street Bullies days).
- 1980: The Flyers earn a 4-1 win in Chicago. Al Hill, Bill Barber, Bob Dailey and Mike Busniuk supply the goals on this night, while Phil Myre makes 38 saves. Late in the game, a brawl erupts as Frank Bathe and Terry Ruskowski engage in their second fight of the game and escalates with Paul Holmgren leaving the penalty box to continue an altercation with Dave Hutchinson.
- 1987: In another fight-filled game in the Windy City, the Flyers skate off with a 4-3 victory. Lindsay Carson nets the game-winner with 2:14 remaining in the third period. Earlier, Tim Kerr tallies his 37th and 38th goals of the season before assisting Carson on the winning goal. The first period features multiple fights. Ron Hextall makes 22 saves to earn the win.
- 1996: With Legion of Doom right winger Mikael Renberg sidelined indefinitely due to a sports hernia (described at the time as "a pulled abdominal muscle and soreness") along with other injuries in the forward corps, the Flyers make a stopgap acquisition to bolster the scoring depth. The team acquires Dan Quinn (who had a previous stint with the club) from the Ottawa Senators in a cash transaction. Quinn goes on to provide seven goals and 21 points in 35 games over the remainder of the regular season. Most of the production comes in the early weeks after his arrival.
- 2006: The Flyers capture a 4-2 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Philadelphia is buoyed by goals from Michal Handzus, former Pens' forward Petr Nedved, Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne (empty net).
- 2011: In a rematch of the two finalists from the previous season's Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers earn a 4-1 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jeff Carter scores a pair of goals while Nikolay Zherdev and Scott Hartnell (empty net) tally once apiece and Claude Giroux collects three assists. Winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stops 30 of 31 shots. The lone Chicago tally is scored on a Marian Hossa penalty shot in the third period after Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn covered the puck with his glove in a scramble in the crease.
January 23: Flyers Birthday
- Two-stint Flyers defenseman Darren Rumble was born on January 23, 1969 in Barrie, Ontario.