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Should Mark Recchi make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Should Mark Recchi make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Taryn Hatcher, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Should Mark Recchi make the Flyers Hall of Fame?

Destra

Not only should Recchi be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, he should also be the very next one in line. 

This would be just another accolade to his incredible 22-year career in the NHL … and that’s just as a player. The Hall of Famer has three Stanley Cups — all accomplished with different teams — and became one of the top scorers in league history.

Both of his stints with the Flyers were important to not only his career, but also the organization as well. He set the single-season record in Philadelphia in points with 123 — a record that still remains unbeaten. While he had back-to-back 100-point seasons, the trade of Recchi to to the Canadiens resulted in another Flyers legend in John LeClair.

Once he returned to Philadelphia five seasons later, he led the entire NHL in assists with 63 in 1999-00 and helped push the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final twice. With 602 games representing the orange and black, he ranks ninth overall in points with 627. 

It’s only a matter of when, not if for when he’ll be inducted. 

Emmer

Who could ever forget the "Crazy Eights?" Recchi was such a strong force with Eric Lindros and Brent Fedyk. In both of his stints with the Flyers, Recchi simply was a fierce competitor. 

He played parts of 10 seasons with the Flyers and had an astounding 232 goals and 395 assists for 627 points, 39 game-winning goals and finished with a plus-43 — his best plus/minus rating out of the seven teams for which he played.

Though he wasn’t a part of any Stanley Cup Final appearances with the orange and black, he was a part of six playoff runs in a row with the Flyers from 1999 to 2004.  

My vote is yes.  

Hatcher

I mean, where to even begin with Recchi? I guess the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons seem like the logical place to begin. During his second and third seasons as a Flyer, he posted back-to-back 100-plus-point campaigns. He had 53 goals and 70 assists for 123 points in 1992-93, and 40 goals and 67 assists for 107 points in 1993-94. He joins two greats, Rick MacLeish and Bill Barber, as one of just three Flyers to ever post a 50-plus-goal, 100-plus-point season. 

Recchi ranks in the franchise’s top-10 all-time in points (627) and power play points (230). He was named to multiple All-Star Games as a Flyer. He also won multiple Bobby Clarke team MVP awards. So, yeah. No doubt. Recchi is a Flyers Hall of Famer 100 percent.

Fordyce

This is another no-brainer for me. Recchi is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and he played more games with the Flyers than he did with any other team. Unfortunately, Recchi’s three Stanley Cups as a player came with other teams, but that only speaks to the type of player Recchi was.  

If you look at the Flyers franchise’s all-time leaders, you won’t have to go too far to find Recchi’s name in any of the stats that matter. He played 602 games with the Flyers, good for 20th all-time.  Here’s where the case is really made though. In his time as a Flyer, Recchi tied for 12th in total goals in franchise history with 232, is fifth all-time with 395 assists and ninth with 627 points.  

Recchi, like Rick Tocchet, played two tenures with the Flyers. Twice in his first tenure he eclipsed the 100-point mark, including a 123-point season in 1992-93 in which he scored 53 goals and had 70 assists, the best season in team history. There is no doubt his name belongs in the rafters with the Flyers’ all-time greats. 

Hall

Another interesting case, but how can you deny some of Recchi's accolades in orange and black?

The Hockey Hall of Famer holds the club's single-season record for points at 123, is fifth in franchise history with 395 assists and scored 1.04 points per game wearing a Flyers sweater, just behind Clarke's 1.06.

He doesn't have the Flyers playoff résumé of others (players such as Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Pelle Eklund and Bob Dailey have more postseason points with the franchise), but Recchi's ageless game and overall body of work warrants his Flyers Hall of Fame induction.

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Should Rick Tocchet make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Should Rick Tocchet make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Taryn Hatcher, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Should Rick Tocchet make the Flyers Hall of Fame?

Destra

Tocchet not only has a strong case to make the Flyers Hall of Fame but he also has the potential for the Hockey Hall of Fame in the future. 

Even though his 18 seasons in the NHL had been spaced out across a handful of teams, he did some of his best work in Philadelphia — starting and ending his career as a Flyer.

It’s curious to think about where he would’ve ended in the franchise leaderboards if he spent his whole time in Philadelphia, but he's currently 15th overall in points. He also ranks in the top 20 for every other main category, including games played, goals and assists. 

Now, he also found success in Pittsburgh, posting his career high in points for a single season (48 goals, 61 assists, 109 points) and also coming back and winning two Stanley Cups behind the bench. (That was making the case for the Hockey Hall of Fame, of course.) 

Emmer

Absolutely.  

Throughout his 10 seasons with the orange and black, he made quite the impact, whether it was on the score sheet or being the reliable enforcer the team needed.  

The 1988-89 season was one of Tocchet’s best scoring seasons with the Flyers — he had the seventh-highest goals per game average in the league with a 0.68 mark, and behind Tim Kerr, Tocchet was the team’s second top scorer that season with 81 points (45 goals, 36 assists). 

Though he didn’t have numerous high-scoring seasons with the Flyers, Tocchet consistently made an impact in other ways with his hockey smarts or hockey fists.  

Tocchet had a combined 1,713 PIM with the Flyers. He was the true definition of Philly tough.  

A combination of his abilities, toughness and hockey IQ helped the Flyers to two Stanley Cup Final appearances (1985, 1987). 

Tocchet started and finished his 18-year NHL career in Philadelphia, he had a passion for the city and a passion for the fans. He deserves to be in the Flyers HOF.  

Hatcher

Tocchet 100 percent gets my vote. He worked his way up from being a bottom-six guy to a player who posted back-to-back-to-back-to-back 30-plus-goal seasons, highlighted by a 45-goal season in 1988-89. He ended his Flyers career with 232 goals and 508 points. Both of those statistics put him in the franchise's top-15 all-time in those respective categories.

Not to mention he’s the Flyers' all-time leader in penalty minutes, which means he accomplished all that while spending a fair amount of time in the sin bin. Iconic.

Fordyce

If anyone not named Bobby Clarke embodied the face of Flyers hockey more than Tocchet, let me know. My dad is one of the biggest Flyers fans I know and the first hockey player he ever told me about was Tocchet.

He was tough, a great teammate, a goal-scorer and an enforcer. Whatever the orange and black needed him to be, he was. Tocchet’s three-year run from 1988-1991 is up there with anyone in franchise history, scoring 45, 37 and 40 goals, respectively, during those three seasons.

Tocchet was one of the most prominent players on the Flyers' teams that stood toe to toe with the 80s Edmonton Oilers, one of the greatest dynasties in sports history. Tocchet also served as captain for one season and later in his career returned to the Flyers as a glue guy, part of the team that beat his former team (the Penguins) in five overtimes during the 2000 playoffs. Unfortunately, Tocchet’s best season and his one Stanley Cup ring as a player came with the hated rival Penguins in between his two Flyers tenures.

Tocchet is hands down a Flyers Hall of Famer.

Hall

Maybe it's just me but I find it odd to induct a player into a franchise's Hall of Fame when he won a Stanley Cup with the organization's rival team. In fact, Tocchet has won three Cups with the Penguins — two as an assistant coach and one as a player. And good for him.

Don't get me wrong, Tocchet had a heck of a career and could have a shot at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was that old-school power forward, a leader and a winner with impressive numbers.

But with the Flyers, he doesn't rank in the organization's top 10 for games, goals or points, and he wasn't able to hoist the Cup in Philly.

A really good Flyer and a great player, but not sure he'll get into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

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Should Simon Gagne make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Should Simon Gagne make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Taryn Hatcher, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Should Simon Gagne make the Flyers Hall of Fame?

Destra

If you don’t think Gagne deserves to be in the Flyers Hall of Fame, did you even watch him play? 

During his time in Philadelphia, he became one of the most well-respected athletes to ever come through the organization. On top of that, his performance night in and night out was some of the best we’ve seen since the century turned.

There were three separate times during his career when he led the team in goals — two of those coming in back-to-back seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 (when he also led in points overall). His 47-goal season is the best by a Flyer since 1997-98 when John LeClair finished with 51 goals.

And let’s be honest … these two goals alone should rightfully earn him a spot. 

Emmer

While Gagne wasn’t the most consistent point-getter throughout his 11 seasons, the fact that the Flyers were in the playoffs 10 out of his 11 seasons goes without saying — this guy made a difference.  

He had some great seasons in Philadelphia. 

The 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons were some of his best: 

2005-06

• 33 even strength goals (most in NHL) 
• 47 goals (seventh most in NHL) 
• 0.65 goals per game (fourth best in NHL) 
• plus-31 (tied for sixth best in NHL) 
• 334 shots (fifth most in NHL) 

2006-07

• 26 even strength goals (tied for eighth most in NHL) 
• 41 goals (ninth most in NHL) 
• 0.54 goals per game (seventh best in NHL) 
• 2007 All-Star Game 

While it would have been nice to see consistent production from Gagne, he still managed to help the Flyers achieve postseason runs every single year he played in Philadelphia except for one and had 524 total points with the club from 1999-00 to 2009-10.

Could he have done more? Maybe, but he gave the majority of his NHL career to the Flyers, he had some ups and some downs, like all good players do.

He should land in the Flyers Hall of Fame.  

Hatcher

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. Gagne misses the Flyers' first three games in a best-of-seven series against the Bruins with an injured toe and the Flyers fail to record a single win while he’s sidelined. Gagne comes back for Games 4-7 and everything’s different. He scored game-winning and game-changing goals multiple times in the remainder of that series, a series the Flyers went on to win.

Gagne was an impact player for the Flyers for more than a decade. He accumulated 535 points and tallied 264 goals during that time, which (statistically speaking) puts him alongside Flyers left wing legends like Bill Barber, Brian Propp and LeClair.

Fordyce

This is a no-brainer, Gagne’s name belongs in the Flyers Hall of Fame.

In 11 seasons with the Flyers, Gagne eclipsed 25 goals five different times, twice scoring more than 40 goals, including the 2005-06 season when Gagne scored 47 goals in just 72 games played. Gagne played 80 games in his rookie season as a 19-year-old scoring 20 goals and registering 28 assists, and was in the top five in voting for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie.  

Another attribute to Gagne’s robust Flyers résumé was his tendency to score big goals. In 2004, he forced a Game 7 against the eventual Stanley Cup champs the Tampa Bay Lightning by scoring the game-winner in overtime of Game 6. His return from injury during the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins in 2010 marked the turning point in the series, as the Flyers became the third team to ever come from down 3-0 to win a playoff series, with Gagne netting the game-winner in Game 7.

Plain and simple, he’s a Flyers Hall of Famer. 

Hall

A telltale sign Gagne is Flyers Hall of Fame bound can be found in the franchise's top-10 goal-scoring club.

Gagne is No. 9 on the list with 264 goals, ahead of Claude Giroux at No. 10 with 257. Everyone among the top eight is in the Flyers Hall of Fame and we know Giroux will one day be inducted.

It would be surprising to see one of the organization's top-10 goal-scorers not get in. Gagne was drafted and groomed by the Flyers, played a long time in Philly and is among the team's better all-time goal-scorers — both regular season and postseason.

That should get him in.

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