Eric Desjardins Retires
Yesterday in my Flyers update I mentioned that one piece of Flyers news needed its own article, this is that piece. I have not been a huge fan of Eric Desjardins the last few years. I had felt that he had slowed and was no longer a number one defenseman like the Flyers organization portrayed him to be. With that said Eric Desjardins was a fantastic hockey player. Desjardins came to the Flyers as part of the trade that turned the Flyers organization around.
I remember it quite well when the news hit that Mark Recchi was being sent to the Montreal Canadiens for Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne and John LeClair. This very trade put Bob Clarke back on the map as a big time general manager and we haven’t been able to get rid of him since. While Desjardins was the big name in the trade it turned out to be the steal of the decade having LeClair almost tacked on. But this isn’t about LeClair or the host of goals he scored as a Flyer its about Eric Desjardins.
Desjardins finishes second all-time in the major scoring categories for a Flyers defenseman: goals (93), assists (303), and points (396). He is third in games played by a Flyers defenseman (738). He is first in playoff goals by a Flyers defenseman (14). He won a franchise record seven Barry Ashbee trophies as the Flyers most outstanding defenseman, including six in a row. He represented the Flyers at the 1996 and 2000 NHL All-Star Games and was named twice to the NHL Second All-Star team. He was also the 12th captain of the Flyers organization.
Congratulations on a fantastic career Eric. Philadelphia salutes you.