The “45 years,” jokes about the last time the Flyers won the Stanley Cup are overused and frankly – have never been funny. With nine of the current 31 NHL teams still without a cup and the powerhouse team that was the Broad St. Bullies who had two, things never added up.
Well, they still don’t.
Thursday afternoon, the NHL released a super 16 ranking of the best teams to ever win the Stanley Cup – and guess who shockingly didn’t make the cut?
Even though it has been decades since a championship parade for the Flyers had a route down Broad St., that era of the team is one for the ages and rightfully deserves some respect.
Both the 1974 and 1975 teams have strong cases to have made this list, so let’s break it down.
The Boston Bruins were a force in the 1970s, appearing in the Stanley Cup Finals five times. One of the biggest factors into that was having Hall-of-Famer and NHL legend, Bobby Orr on their side.
With finishing first in the league with 113 points, just slightly edging out the Flyers (112 points) and Orr finishing the regular season second overall in the in points with 122, they were the team to beat.
The Flyers did just that and had the last laugh.
Now, on to the thrilling 1974-75 team. Philadelphia was coming off of their first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history, were still a hot threat across the league and ready to try and do it all over again.
They were a force to be reckoned with and went into the playoffs high and mighty as top dogs in first place with 113 points. With Bernie Parent holding down the fort between the pipes and Bobby Clarke reaching his second of three 100-point seasons of his career – they were ready to defend their title against the Buffalo Sabres.
After Game 6 in the Finals, the Flyers were able to hold on to Lord Stanley for their second straight year. Doing so, they became the first of the 1967 expansion teams to win in back-to-back seasons.
And you mean to tell me neither of these teams made this ranking? It’s preposterous.
To make this ranking wound even deeper – there are three teams that beat the Flyers in the Finals that did make the cut.
First up are the 1984-85 and 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers – a team that has every right to be on this list. You can never go against the greatest of all time in Wayne Gretzky, especially during the prime of his career. The Oilers were in the midst of what would be a decade with five cup victories.
Second comes the 1975-76 Montreal Canadiens. The two previous cup victories from the Flyers helped break up one of – if not, the most successful – decade a team in any professional league has seen with the Canadiens, who won six titles in the 1970s.
The third team is simply cruel, if you ask me – sneaking in the 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks at the bottom as if no one would notice. Well, we noticed … and are now going to have nightmares about that absurd overtime goal for the next week because of it.
Just show some respect for the Bullies who helped pave the way of the NHL. It’s all we ask for.
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