Flyers, I Choose You! 5 Pokémon that remind us of the Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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#3: Garbodor

In many respects, Garbodor represents everything wrong with the Pokémon franchise. This literal sentient bag of Poison-type trash is ugly, bloated, and uninspired. First seen in 2010 from Pokémon Black in White, Garbodor is pretty much a retread of the Pokémon named Muk from the original games.

Garbodor often gets used as an example by detractors and unhappy fans of how the series lost its creative edge in the latter part of the 2000s.

There’s certainly an argument to be made there. I mean…just look at this thing.

Garbodor lands on this list because it represents the very same ugliness that we sometimes see in the Philadelphia Flyers. We’re all fans here, but let’s not pretend that our relationship to the Flyers isn’t exactly toxic — poisonous if you will.

Despite staying relevant for the most part throughout their history, the team is still chasing the ghosts of its past and just can’t seem to win the big one.

Beyond that, the team is no stranger to recycling old ideas in the form of re-hires, re-signings, and trades for players they already once employed. The Flyers don’t exactly think outside the box when it comes to building their team. Sometimes it works out and you get a James van Riemsdyk, other times it doesn’t and you get R.J. Umberger.

Once a Flyer, always a Flyer — for better or worse.

James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

That being said, Garbodor isn’t that bad of a Pokémon — statistically at least — and actually has somewhat of a devoted cult following surrounding it.

At the end of the day isn’t that how many of us see the Flyers? A toxic dumpster fire that is actually kind of lovable and endearing once you get used to the smell?