(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we're bound to lose some friends along the journey. We've asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The fans who hated them the most. Here is are Pittsburgh Penguins bloggers The Pensblog, fondly recalling the 2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers. Again, this was not written by us ... OK, by all of us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don't take it so seriously.)
By The Pensblog
Knock Knock, Philly.
We gather here on this glorious day to mourn the 2011-2012 Philadelphia Flyers, their fans, and the city of Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love. The city with ties to the founding of our great nation. The city of arts, culture, great food, and great stories.
But the city of Philadelphia lacks two things: Great leaders and a Stanley Cup championship for generations that have been able to purchase personal computers.
During the summer of 2011, the Flyers, with Paul Holmgren at the wheel, had to take a long look at their team and begin to assess what tweaks they would have to make in order to keep the team competitive. Here's what they decided to do:
• They traded all-world leader and team captain Mike Richards to the LA Kings for Wayne Simmonds and Luke Schenn's embarrassing little brother.
• They traded Jeff Carter to Columbus for some guy who skates really fast and a draft pick that turned out to be first-round-of-the-playoffs shutdown centerman Sean Couturier.
• They used the vacated cap space to sign borderline-insane goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
• They signed Jaromir Jagr.
• They signed Max Talbot to a horrible deal.
To recap, the Flyers, two years removed from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and fresh on the heels of losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Bruins in the second round, decided to give the team a facelift.
And where has it gotten them? Exactly where they were last year at this time, sitting at home after the second round of the playoffs. But if you're Ed Snider, the beloved owner of the Flyers, you own Comcast, so accepting disappointment has become second nature.
After the jump, we painstakingly bury every Flyer worth caring about. And trust us; there are many, because GM Paul Holmgren signed as many players as he could.
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