On this day in 1999, the Flyers made a major trade with the Montreal Canadiens. Philadelphia reacquired right winger Mark Recchi in exchange for forward Dainius Zubrus, a 1999 second-round pick (Matt Carkner) and a 2000 sixth-round pick (Scott Selig).
Recchi played at a superstar level during his first stint with the Flyers, establishing a still-standing franchise record with 123 points in 1992-93 and following it up with a 100-point campaign the next year. Nevertheless, the Feb. 9, 1995 trade that sent Recchi to Montreal in a trade that brought John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne to the Flyers was one of the best deals in franchise history.
LeClair immediately blossomed into an All-Star upon his arrival in Philadelphia and Desjardins became the team's number one defenseman for most of the next decade. While Recchi remained a fine player while in Montreal, the Flyers transformed from a team than missed the playoffs five straight seasons to a perennial Stanley Cup contender. The ability to subsequently reacquire Recchi, albeit at the cost of trading Zubrus, made a stellar initial trade into a bonanza.
An impending free agent after the 1998-99 season, Recchi soon re-signed a contract extension with the Flyers. On May 10, 1999, Recchi and the Flyers agreed to a new five-year contract.
Recchi's offensive numbers during his second Flyers stint were not as gaudy as the first time around. However, he was a more complete player when he came back, and scoring declined leaguewide in the mid-to-late 1990s. Recchi still topped the 75-point mark three times during his second Flyers' tenure, including a 91-point season in 1999-2000. He also displayed the versatility to play any forward position as needed.
MARCH 10 Through the Years
- 1968: Bernie Parent records his third career shutout as the homeless Flyers -- the Spectrum was temporarily closed down after a chunk of the roof blew off during a March 1 performance of the Ice Capades -- defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 2-0, in Quebec City, Quebec. Parent stops all 30 shots he faces as the Flyers got outshot 23-13 over the final 40 minutes. Early third-period goals by Joe Watson and Forbes Kennedy provide Parent with enough support to win.
- 1994: The Flyers crush the visiting Ottawa Senators, 8-2. Rod Brind'Amour (two goals, one assist), Mark Recchi (one goal, three assists) and Eric Lindros (one goal, five assists) lead the assault.
- 2003: The Flyers acquire veteran winger Tony Amonte from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Guillaume Lefebvre, a 2004 second-round pick (later transferred to the New York Rangers and used on the selection of Brandon Dubinsky), and a 2003 third-round pick (Tyler Redenbach) that the Flyers originally acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers.
- 2012: Ilya Bryzgalov's franchise-record shutout streak continues as the team skates to a 0-0 road tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 65 minutes and then Claude Giroux scores a dazzling shootout goal for the lone tally of the night for either side. Jonas Gustafsson (27 saves on 27 shots in regulation and overtime and two stops on three shots in the shootout) earns credit for a shutout but takes the loss.
MARCH 10 FLYERS BIRTHDAYS
- Offensively talented center Mike Bullard was born in Ottawa on March 10, 1961.
- Aggressive defensive defenseman Kevin Marshall was born on March 10, 1989 in Boucherville, Quebec.