By Chris Schaefer
1986 is a very long time ago.
Surprisingly the Philadelphia Flyers were in the same place that they are today in the standings at the end of that season, and the New Jersey Devils are too.
The Flyers finished the 80 game season in first place in the Patrick Division with a record of 46-26-8.
The Devils finished the 80 game season in last place in the Patrick Division with a record of 29-45-6.
This coincidence may seem pretty insignificant, but I bring it up for a reason.
Just a few short weeks ago, there were rumors that the (former) Devils’ captain Jamie Langenbrunner was headed to Philly. Anyone that’s followed the Flyers or Devils trade trends over the past 25 years probably knew that trade was never going to happen.
Fast-forward to the present day. Langenbrunner was dealt back to his former stomping grounds in Dallas for a hand-full of pretzels. It was reported that the Devils were seeking the young Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk in exchange for that dinosaur Langenbrunner.
Anyone that knows anything KNOWS that would never happen. Even though Paul Holmgren has been flirting with the idea of bringing in a gritty veteran forward ever since he gave Bill Guerin a shot to make the squad in the preseason, he would never give up a talent like “JVR.”
He especially wouldn’t give him up to the Devils.
In fact, the Flyers and Devils haven’t exchanged players since 1986. It’s a fact that has been lost in the shuffle over the past 25 years.
The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils made a trade was March 11th, 1986.
That trade brought Glenn “Chico” Resch to Philly in exchange for the 1986 3rd round pick who ended up being Marc Laniel.
An even crazier fact is the Flyers and Devils have only made two trades with each other in NHL history. Before the “Chico” trade the Devils sent Sam St. Laurent to Philly for future considerations. I wonder when those “considerations” expire?
So with all the rumors that float around trade deadline time every year, one thing is almost certain. Even if the Devils had anyone on their roster that the Flyers had interest in, these two teams probably wouldn’t be making a trade.
This article was also published here: Bleacher Report