1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 10th Wales
1989–90 record 30–39–11
Home record 17–19–4
Road record 13–20–7
Goals for 290 (10th)
Goals against 297 (15th)
Team information
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Paul Holmgren
Captain Dave Poulin
(to Dec 15)
Ron Sutter
(from Dec 15)
Alternate captains Mark Howe
Rick Tocchet
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 17,407[1]
Minor league affiliations Hershey Bears (AHL)[2]
Team leaders
Goals Rick Tocchet (37)
Assists Rick Tocchet (59)
Points Rick Tocchet (96)
Penalties in minutes Craig Berube (291)
Plus/minus Mark Howe (+22)
Wins Ken Wregget (22)
Goals against average Ken Wregget (3.42)
<1988–89 1990–91>

The 1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 23rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1971–72 season and only the third time in franchise history.

Regular season[edit]

The 1989–90 season was one of the most turbulent in franchise history.

Goaltender Ron Hextall had to sit out the first 12-games of the schedule, sentenced after cementing his folk-hero status in the city by crowning Chris Chelios in the waning minutes of Game 6 of the Wales Conference Finals in May. Unfortunately, the layoff plus contract disputes cost him practice time in training camp, and he was felled by groin injuries three separate times during the season.

An ugly 1–6–1 start was reversed despite injuries to Hextall, Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, Mark Howe and others with the team atop the weakened Patrick Division after a win in Montreal just before Christmas.

Little used Tony Horacek posted a hat trick in a 6–3 win in Los Angeles over the Kings on December 30, but the team suffered through a dismal 10-game winless stretch thereafter (0–7–3) from December 31 through January 23. Previous inconsistent play plus the slide cost Dave Poulin his captaincy on December 15,[3] then forced his trade to Boston for former Flyer Ken Linseman.[4] The move did not work, and despite breaking the skid with an 8–6 win against the Jets, Holmgren accused his club of quitting during a 7–2 loss at Washington on January 28 - a defeat which put them three points behind the Capitals in last place.

Newly acquired back-up Pete Peeters had his only season highlight with a 3–0 shutout over Toronto on February 15, but he finished the season 1–13–5. On February 28 in Vancouver, the team was lucky to pull out a 7–7 tie after blowing a 5–2 first-period lead. In the interim, Wells was dealt to the Sabres for unknown winger and future NHL referee Kevin Maguire.

Following an inspired win in Calgary on March 1, Propp was traded to the Bruins, and a four-goal game by Mark Messier in a 5–3 loss to Edmonton two days later triggered a four-game losing streak. The nadir of the late-season collapse came on March 17 in Quebec, as the Flyers allowed three third-period goals to drop a 6–3 decision to the Nordiques (who went on to win all of 12 games that year). Inexplicably, with the Islanders and Penguins also taking late-season dives, the Flyers were still alive for the final playoff spot in the division.

A 5–3 home win over Pittsburgh on March 22 got the team within one point of fourth, but they limped to the end of the schedule with an 0–3–2 record. A 6–2 road loss to the Islanders on March 31 eliminated them from the postseason.

It marked the first time in franchise history that the team finished in last place in any division since its 1967 inception.

Among the bright spots, Tocchet led the team with 37 goals and 96 points. Seven players scored 20-or-more goals. Kerr was limited to 40 games but managed 24 goals and 48 points.

General manager Bob Clarke, having been with the Flyers organization since he was drafted in 1969, was fired on April 16.[5]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 279 267 85
New Jersey Devils 80 37 34 9 295 288 83
Washington Capitals 80 36 38 6 284 275 78
New York Islanders 80 31 38 11 281 288 73
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 32 40 8 318 359 72
Philadelphia Flyers 80 30 39 11 290 297 71

[6]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Wales Conference[7]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins ADM 80 46 25 9 289 232 101
2 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 45 27 8 286 248 98
3 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 41 28 11 288 234 93
4 New York Rangers PTK 80 36 31 13 279 267 85
5 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 38 33 9 275 268 85
6 New Jersey Devils PTK 80 37 34 9 295 288 83
7 Washington Capitals PTK 80 36 38 6 284 275 78
8 New York Islanders PTK 80 31 38 11 281 288 73
9 Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 80 32 40 8 318 359 72
10 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 80 30 39 11 290 297 71
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 12 61 7 240 407 31

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1989–90 regular season

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
# Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Regular season Playoffs
22 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet 25 RW 75 37 59 96 4 196
32 Craven, MurrayMurray Craven 25 LW 76 25 50 75 2 42
10 Bullard, MikeMike Bullard 28 C 70 27 37 64 0 67
9 Eklund, PellePelle Eklund 26 LW 70 23 39 62 7 16
12 Kerr, TimTim Kerr 30 RW 40 24 24 48 -3 34
14 Sutter, RonRon Sutter 26 C 75 22 26 48 2 104
23 Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo 31 RW 59 23 23 46 6 26
3 Murphy, GordGord Murphy 22 D 75 14 27 41 -7 95
26 Propp, BrianBrian Proppdouble-dagger 30 LW 40 13 15 28 3 31
2 Howe, MarkMark Howe 34 D 40 7 21 28 22 24
25 Acton, KeithKeith Acton 31 C 69 13 14 27 -2 80
19 Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby 23 RW 57 6 17 23 -4 77
28 Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson 31 D 66 5 17 22 20 91
29 Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner 23 D 63 4 18 22 -8 169
11 Latal, JiriJiri Latal 22 D 32 6 13 19 4 6
7 Wells, JayJay Wellsdouble-dagger 30 D 59 3 16 19 4 129
17 Berube, CraigCraig Berube 24 LW 74 4 14 18 -7 291
20 Poulin, DaveDave Poulindouble-dagger 31 C 28 9 8 17 5 12
18 Linseman, KenKen Linsemandagger 31 C 29 5 9 14 -7 30
5 Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman 22 D 43 1 12 13 -3 34
21 Horacek, TonyTony Horacek 22 LW 48 5 5 10 6 117
24 Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith 25 LW 55 3 6 9 -15 32
6 Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun 23 D 79 2 7 9 -12 250
15 Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman 30 RW 28 3 4 7 4 0
8 Baron, MurrayMurray Baron 22 D 16 2 2 4 -1 12
46 Biggs, DonDon Biggs 24 C 11 2 0 2 -4 8
18 Dobbin, BrianBrian Dobbin 23 RW 9 1 1 2 1 11
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 25 G 51 0 2 2 N/A 12
36 Lacombe, NormandNormand Lacombedagger 25 RW 18 0 2 2 0 7
20 Maguire, KevinKevin Maguiredagger 27 RW 5 1 0 1 -1 6
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 32 G 24 0 1 1 N/A 2
42 Nachbaur, DonDon Nachbaur 31 C 2 0 1 1 1 0
26 Fenyves, DavidDavid Fenyves 29 D 12 0 0 0 -6 4
34 Harding, JeffJeff Harding 20 RW 9 0 0 0 -1 18
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 25 G 8 0 0 0 N/A 14
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 23 G 7 0 0 0 N/A 2
7 Fisher, CraigCraig Fisher 19 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
37 Freer, MarkMark Freer 21 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
47 Sabol, ShaunShaun Sabol 23 D 2 0 0 0 0 0
20 Barrie, LenLen Barriedagger 20 C 1 0 0 0 -2 0
45 Jensen, ChrisChris Jensen 26 RW 1 0 0 0 -1 2

Goaltenders[edit]

# Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 25 51 22 24 3 0 169 .892 3.42 2961
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 32 24 1 13 5 1 72 .883 3.74 1140
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 25 8 4 2 1 0 29 .868 4.15 419
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 23 7 3 0 2 0 19 .874 3.65 329

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
All-Star Game representative Brian Propp
Rick Tocchet
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Gord Murphy
Bobby Clarke Trophy Rick Tocchet
Class Guy Award Craig Berube

Records[edit]

Individual regular season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Goals scored Rick Tocchet 4 January 25, 1990 vs. Winnipeg Jets
(tied 15 times)

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 26, 1989, the day after the deciding game of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 24, 1990, the day of the deciding game of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals.[8]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
July 21, 1989[9] To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Shawn Cronin
August 28, 1989[10] To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Jiri Latal
To Toronto Maple Leafs
7th-round pick in 1991
September 8, 1989[11] To Philadelphia Flyers
5th-round pick in 1991
Philadelphia's 7th-round pick in 1991
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Laforest
September 28, 1989[12] To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Keith Acton
Pete Peeters
October 3, 1989[13][14] To Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Acton
Pete Peeters
To Winnipeg Jets
Toronto's 5th-round pick in 1991
future considerations
January 5, 1990[15] To Philadelphia Flyers
Normand Lacombe
To Edmonton Oilers
4th-round pick in 1990 or 1991[a]
January 16, 1990[16] To Philadelphia Flyers
Ken Linseman
To Boston Bruins
Dave Poulin
March 2, 1990[17] To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1990
To Boston Bruins
Brian Propp
March 5, 1990[18] To Philadelphia Flyers
Kevin Maguire
2nd-round pick in 1990
To Buffalo Sabres
Jay Wells
4th-round pick in 1991
Trade notes
  • a The Oilers had the choice of year.[15] The Oilers chose the 1990 draft pick.

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Notes
June 12, 1989[19] Shawn Cronin Washington Capitals
June 16, 1989[20] Pete Peeters Washington Capitals 2 years Option for third year
June 30, 1989[21] Bruce Hoffort Lake Superior State Lakers (WCHA) 3 years, $700,000
July 12, 1989[22] Tim Tookey Pittsburgh Penguins
February 27, 1990[23] Len Barrie Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details
June 17, 1989[24] Pelle Eklund 3 years
December 1, 1989[25] Mark Howe 3 years, $1.9 million
December 1, 1989[25] Derrick Smith multi-year

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details
August 28, 1989 Jiri Latal Dukla Trencin (Czech) 1985 6th-round pick (Toronto)
December 27, 1989[26] Steve Scheifele Boston College Eagles (Hockey East) 1986 6th-round pick multi-year
March 5, 1990[18] Craig Fisher Miami Redskins (CCHA) 1988 3rd-round pick

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions. Claims made during the NHL Waiver Draft are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from
October 2, 1989[27] Moe Mantha* Winnipeg Jets Philadelphia Flyers
October 2, 1989[27] Nick Kypreos* Washington Capitals Philadelphia Flyers

Departures[edit]

The following players — excluding those who were traded or claimed on waivers — left the team during the off-season. Players who were under contract during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via
July 12, 1989[22] Al Hill Retirement
August 7, 1989[28] Al Secord Chicago Blackhawks Free agency

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota on June 17, 1989.[29]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
2 33 Johnson, GregGreg Johnson Center Canada Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL) 785 145 224 369 345 &
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2 34[a] Juhlin, PatrikPatrik Juhlin Left Wing Sweden Vasteras IK (Elitserien) 56 7 6 13 23 &
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4 72[b] Simpson, ReidReid Simpson Left Wing Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 301 18 18 36 838 &
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6 117 Eriksson, NiklasNiklas Eriksson Right Wing Sweden Leksands IF (Elitserien) &
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7 138 Callahan, JohnJohn Callahan Center United States Belmont Hill School (Mass.) &
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8 159 Sears, SverreSverre Sears Defense United States Belmont Hill School (Mass.) &
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9 180 Wisser, GlenGlen Wisser Forward United States Philadelphia Junior Flyers (Jr. B) &
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10 201 Kummu, AlAl Kummu Defense Canada Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) &
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11 222 Brait, MattMatt Brait Defense United States St. Michael's Buzzers (MetJHL) &
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12 243 Pollio, JamesJames Pollio Left Wing United States Vermont Academy (Vermont) &
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Draft notes[30]

NHL Supplemental Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1989 NHL Supplemental Draft.[31]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1989 Supplemental Draft and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 17 Jamie Baker Defense United States Windsor Lancers (CIAU)

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[2][32]

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