Philadelphia Flyers fans can look forward to this big matchup next year

Anaheim Ducks v Vegas Golden Knights
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Earlier this season, there came the news that shocked Philadelphia Flyers fans everywhere. Top prospect Cutter Gauthier had been traded away.

He didn't want to be on the Flyers and part of the organization. He was traded away to the Anaheim Ducks. In return, the Flyers got Jamie Drysdale and a second-round pick. Drysdale seems to have some promise but needs to get over the injury bug that keeps plaguing him.

The other day, Gauthier got to play in his first game in the NHL. In 15 minutes of ice time, he took three shots on goal and registered an assist. For a team that isn't making the playoffs, it was a good first look at a guy who could be a legit star in the NHL.

But that isn't the point of this particular story. The point of this story is to light a fire under Flyers fans.

The Philadelphia Flyers have every right to dislike what Cutter Gauthier did

Oh no! "The right Orange and Black"? What is this? Ok, time to cause a fuss and create a nice rivalry with the Anaheim Ducks.

The right orange and black? Hasn't it been just like 45 minutes since you adopted that as your color scheme? Are you tired of your early 90s teal and purple phase? Are you tired of all the other color choices and logo combos you have had over the years?

How about name changes? Of course, when you are named after a briefly popular kids' movie as part of a promotional campaign by that corporation, what do you expect?

Maybe if the team tried the "Flying V" and had everyone in the stands "quack", they'd be more than your typical perpetual basement-dwelling team.

So, here's what's up Flyers fans. When the NHL releases its calendar, I want you to circle the date for when the Ducks come to town.

I want that game to be a sellout which isn't hard to do since the Flyers are usually one of the better-attended teams in the league. The Ducks, they're usually middle to bottom of the pack.

When the Ducks arrive, I want fans to be at their rowdiest. I want kids to be screaming at the refs. I want the Wells Fargo Center to be rocking.

I want it to be one of the most hostile environments possible. I want all the fury we reserve for the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, and New York Rangers to be here and magnified.

As a kid, I was at the JD Drew game at the Vet. If you were a Phillies fan in the 90s, you know what I mean. You know what happened there.

If not, look it up. My throat never hurt so much from all the booing and yelling as I did that night except when I had strep throat. I want this to be that kind of environment.

Why? It's not just that Gauthier didn't want to play here, but it's a small part. It's the way the Ducks are handling this. I never thought about them.

I never had any animosity towards them. Heck, it was fun to watch them when they used to be good with Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya. That was also back before buying a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, and a gallon of milk would be more than $10.

But do the Ducks think they can get away with trolling the Flyers? Do you think you get the right to poke fun at one of the most historic franchises in the NHL?

So when they come to Philly next year, I want it to be rough for them. Not just because you have a former top Flyers prospect. I want it to be rough because you think you can poke the bear, or in this case, Gritty, and get away with it.

They will get away with nothing. They will learn the first time Nic Deslauriers or Garnet Hathaway lands a heavy hit on your boy. That can be his "Welcome to the NHL moment."