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March 3, 1979 - Saleski Traded to Colorado

by @NHLFlyers

Although best-known as one of the pugilistic members of the "Broad Street Bullies" during the team's two runs to the Stanley Cup, Don "Big Bird" Saleski was actually more of a solid two-way winger over the course of his Flyers career than a natural enforcer.

One of the bigger players in the NHL during his playing days, the 6-foot-3 Saleski learned to use his size to full advantage and became a fine penalty killer as well as a reliable supporting-cast offensive contributor in a third-line role. Saleski reached the 20-goal mark three straight seasons (1975-76 to 1977-78) for the Flyers, topping out at 27 goals and contributing as many as 47 points. By comparison, he only had two seasons with 131 or more penalty minutes.

In the late 1970s, Flyers general manager Keith Allen started to reshape the roster with younger players and to restock the asset cupboard with draft picks. On March 3, 1979, with Saleski having a down season and a new coaching regime behind the Flyers' bench, the winger was traded to the Colorado Rockies for a 1979 second-round draft pick (defenseman Blake Wesley). 

March 3: Through the Years

  • 1974: Bernie Parent records the 21st shutout of his Flyers career as the team embarrasses the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 6-0. "Cowboy" Bill Flett posts a pair of goals and an assist in the first period as the Flyers quickly take a commanding lead.


  • 1979: The Flyers career of Broad Street Bullies member Don "Big Bird" Saleski comes to an end. The Flyers trade Saleski to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a 1979 second-round draft pick (defenseman Blake Wesley).


  • 1983: Brian Propp notches his 31st and 32nd goals of the season in a 4-1 road win over the New Jersey Devils. The game also sees Darryl Sittler score his 37th goal of the 1982-83 campaign and defenseman Behn Wilson score his sixth.


  • 1987: A 30-save performance by rookie Ron Hextall backstops the Flyers to a 4-2 home win over the Buffalo Sabres. Peter Zezel nets his 31st goal of the season for Philly, who also get goals by Kjell Samuelsson, Tim Kerr (45th of the season) and Mark Howe.


  • 2004: Strong early play by goaltender Robert Esche enables the Flyers to overcome a slow start in a 5-2 home win over the Nashville Predators. Defenseman Kim Johnsson scores twice for the Flyers, while Sami Kapanen, Tony Amonte (three-point game) and Alexei Zhamnov (three points) score once apiece. Esche takes a shutout into the third period. Johnsson opens the scoring in the first half-minute of the first period but the Flyers get sloppy for much of the opening stanza.


  • 2009: A three-goal Flyers outburst in the third period spurs the club to a 4-2 road win over the Boston Bruins. Simon Gagne pots a pair of goals in the final period and also sets up one for Mike Knuble. Scottie Upshall nets the other Philadelphia goal.


March 3: Flyers Birthday

  • Left wing power forward Al Secord was born on March 3, 1958 in Sudbury, Ontario.


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