TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: MARCH 8
1988: The Flyers trade Gordie Roberts to the St. Louis Blues for a 1989 fourth-round pick (Reid Simpson).
1995: Looking to bolster their center depth down the stretch, the Flyers acquire Anatoli Semenov from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in a trade for offensive defenseman Milos Holan.
1998: In the final game of Wayne Cashman's brief tenure as Flyers head coach, the Flyers capture a 5-4 overtime home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexandre Daigle scores his first goal as a Flyer -- in his 16th game since coming over in a trade with Ottawa -- to win the game in overtime. After the game, the Flyers announce that Roger Neilson is taking over as head coach with Cashman becoming an assistant.
2000: One notable Flyers player's second stint with the team comes to an end and another one's begins: The Flyers trade Mikael Renberg to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Rick Tocchet.
2001: Keith Primeau records his first hat trick as a Flyer, notching his 30th, 31st, and 32nd goals of the 2000-01 season in a 5-2 home win over the Calgary Flames. Defenseman Eric Desjardins tallies his 14th goal of the season and even enforcer defenseman Chris McAllister gets into the scoring act.
2004: In a move that will pay big dividends down the stretch and especially during the 2004 playoffs, the Flyers acquire impending unrestricted free agent defenseman Vladimir Malakhov as a rental from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Flyers trade prospect Rick Kozak and a 2005 second-round pick (later traded by the Rangers to the Atlanta Thrashers and used on goaltender Ondrej Pavelec).
2004: Chris Therien's lengthy first stint as a Flyer comes to an end. The club trades the veteran defenseman to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2004 eighth-round pick (goaltender Martin Houle) and a 205 third-round pick (later transferred to Tampa Bay and used on the selection of Chris Lawrence).
2012: In the second full game of his franchise record-setting shutout streak, Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov turns back 28 shots in a 5-0 home win over the Florida Panthers. Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr (power play) and Eric Wellwood provide plenty of goal support.
FLYERS ALUMNI BIRTHDAYS
The "third" member of the Crazy Eights line along with Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi, left winger Brent Fedyk wore number 18 during his three-plus season tenure with the team. Born March 8, 1967 in Yorktown, Sask. The Flyers acquired the former Detroit first-round pick (1985) in an Oct. 1, 1992 trade for a 1994 third-round pick.
Fedyk went on to post back-to-back 20-goal seasons as the third member of the Flyers' top line, while also seeing time on the second line with Rod Brind'Amour. Over time, Fedyk's role decreased after Terry Murray became the Flyers' head coach. On Dec. 13, 1995, the Flyers traded Fedyk to the Dallas Stars for Trent Klatt.
Defensive defenseman Rob Zettler spent one-plus seasons with the Flyers in the mid-1990s. Born March 8, 1968 in Sept-Iles, Quebec, Zettler came to the Flyers in a Feb. 1, 1994 trade for underachieving center Vyacheslav Butsayev in an effort to improve the Flyers' defensive depth.
Zettler dressed in 65 games (0 goals, 5 assists, 103 penalty minutes) and one 1995 playoff game during his stint with the Flyers. After the 1994-95 season, the Flyers dealt Zettler to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 1996 fifth-round pick (goaltender Per-Ragnar Bergqvist).