1996–97 New Jersey Devils season

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1996–97 New Jersey Devils
Atlantic Division Champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
1996–97 record 45–23–14
Home record 23–9–9
Road record 22–14–5
Goals for 231
Goals against 182
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Scott Stevens
Alternate captains John MacLean
Ken Daneyko
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Team leaders
Goals John MacLean and Bill Guerin (29)
Assists Bobby Holik (39)
Points Bobby Holik (62)
Penalties in minutes Lyle Odelein (110)
Plus/minus Dave Andreychuk (+38)
Wins Martin Brodeur (37)
Goals against average Martin Brodeur (1.88)
<1995–96 1997–98>

The 1996–97 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 15th in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils captured the Atlantic Division title and finished first in the Eastern Conference, but fell in the second round of the playoffs to their arch-rivals, the New York Rangers.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority was contractually obligated to install a new US$600,000 sound system in Continental Airlines Arena prior to the start of the season.[1]

Offseason[edit]

The Devils' head coach Jacques Lemaire expressed his disappointment following the team's loss to the Ottawa Senators in the final game of the 1995–96 season, the first time since 1970 that the defending Stanley Cup champion missed the playoffs in the following season. Lemare was quoted as saying that the team lacked confidence. He also felt that the media, the fans, and some players, misread his commitment to defensive hockey as a detriment to offensive creativity, stating that he never stopped his players from being creative in the offensive zone. He ended up needing to repair his relationship with Devils team captain Scott Stevens due to his comment following the Ottawa game that the team suffered from a "lack of leadership". Stevens reportedly saw the remark as a personal attack, and so himself and Lemare ended up sitting down together in order to discuss the comment. Lemare later stated to the media that the remark was intended to be an indictment of the entire team, himself included.[2]

The 1996 NHL free agent market officially opened on July 1, 1996, following the passing of the June 30 deadline for teams to file contracts with the league. The largest name to become a free agent on July 1 was Wayne Gretzky, who was released from the St. Louis Blues after the team failed to reach an agreement with Gretzky's agent. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers (who eventually signed him) were reported to have expressed interest in signing Gretzky, but New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters that Gretzky didn't fit with the team's financial plan. Lamoriello did express a desire to retain Phil Housley, an offensive minded defenseman who was acquired by the Devils late in the 1995–96 season but who had been released by the team after failing to be signed prior to the deadline.[3] The Devils were unable to sign Housley though, who signed a US$7.7 million three year deal that included a no-trade clause with the Washington Capitols on July 22, 1996. Lamoriello stated that the team didn't want to make a long term offer, and would not consider a no-trade clause. He reportedly felt that Housley's previous $2.2 million salary was "astronomical".[4]

Speculation that the Devils would trade for all-star center Jeremy Roenick, 26 years old at the time, began following the Ranger's signing of Gretzky. In late August Lou Lamoriello confirmed to the media that he was attempting to bring the Roenick, a restricted free agent, to the Devils via a trade. Any team signing Roenick out from the Phoenix Coyotes would be required to give the Coyotes 5 first round draft picks in compensation, and Lamoriello was quoted as saying that "I have no intentions right now of giving up draft picks."[5] Rumors were reported in the media that Lamoriello considered dealing forwards Bill Guerin, Brian Rolston, Mike Peluso and defenseman Scott Niedermayer for Roenick.[6] Reports the next day reiterated Lamoriello's interest in Roenick, both for the Devils and as a player for Team USA, also included the possibility of including Stephane Richer in a potential trade.[7] However, Richer was traded back to the Montreal Canadiens the following day in exchange for 28 year old Lyle Odelein, whom the Devils immediately signed to a three year contract at approximately $1.5 million per season.[8] Roenick eventually signed with the Coyotes, despite interest from the Devils and Capitols, among others.

Amid rumors that the Devils were interested in dealing with the Detroit Red Wings for hold-out center Keith Primeau, Devils center Bobby Holik didn't show up to training camp in what was described as a surprising decision on his part to not report to the team. Speculation among teammates and the media was that he wanted a trade.[9] Neal Broten, who was considering retirement at the time, and Mike Peluso, who had been benched by Lemaire during the 1995–96 season and thought that he would be traded over the summer, did report to training camp along with 60 other players. Several regular players who were involved with the 1996 World Cup of Hockey tournament were scheduled to report to camp late.[10]

Draft[edit]

The New Jersey Devils were 10th[11] in order of selection at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, held June 22, 1996, in St. Louis. In a move interpreted to be an affirmation of their commitment to a defense-first philosophy, the Devils chose 6–3, 195-pound Lance Ward of the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels, who had not been ranked anywhere near the tenth seed to observers, with their first pick.[12]

"I was a bit surprised to go early because there are a lot of great players [here], but I'm a pretty happy kid right now," Ward said. "I was hoping to go in the first round but you never know what's going to happen. It was a pretty open field and I guess [the Devils] liked me. They flew me to Toronto for a physical test and an interview [last month] and I guess I did well." Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was impressed with Ward's potential to be yet another hard-hitting New Jersey blueliner, stating "We liked [Ward's] potential as far as his upside is concerned," Lamoriello said. "We have guys like Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko on our team and this young man [is like them]. He's strong now, he's mean, and he's got skills."[12]

During the draft the Devils traded backup goaltender Corey Schwab to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for their backup goalie Jeff Reese along with their 2nd round (47th overall) and 8th round (198th overall) picks in the draft. The Devils then traded their original second round pick (28th overall) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the Penguins' two second round picks (41st and 47th overall).[12]

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 10 Lance Ward  Canada D Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [Draft 1]
2 38 Wes Mason  Canada LW Sarnia Sting (OHL) [Draft 2]
2 41 Josh DeWolf  United States D Twin Cities Vulcans (USHL) [Draft 3]
2 47 Pierre Dagenais  Canada LW Moncton Alpines (QMJHL) [Draft 4]
2 49 Colin White  Canada D Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) [Draft 3][Draft 5]
3 63 Scott Parker  Canada RW Kelowna Rockets (WHL) [Draft 6]
4 91 Josef Boumedienne  Sweden D Huddinge IK (Allsvenskan)
4 101 Josh MacNevin  Canada D Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) [Draft 7]
5 118 Glenn Crawford  Canada LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
6 145 Sean Ritchlin  United States RW University of Michigan (CCHA)
7 173 Daryl Andrews  Canada D Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
8 199 Willie Mitchell  Canada D Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
8 205 Jay Bertsch  Canada RW Spokane Chiefs (WHL) [Draft 4][Draft 8]
9 225 Pasi Petrilainen  Finland D Tappara (SM-liiga)

Notes

  1. ^ Never reported for the Devils; was subsequently redrafted by Florida in the third round (63rd overall) of the 1998 Draft.
  2. ^ The Devils acquired the 1996 second-round pick (Mason) from Vancouver for Esa Tikkanen on November 23, 1995; Tikkanen had been acquired from St. Louis just 22 days earlier.
  3. ^ a b The Devils acquired two 1996 second-round picks, DeWolf (originally Toronto's) and White, from Pittsburgh for San Jose's 1996 second-round pick (used on Pavel Skrbek) on June 22, 1996. The Devils had originally received the pick from San Jose in exchange for Chris Terreri on November 15, 1995.
  4. ^ a b The Devils traded Corey Schwab to Tampa Bay in exchange for Jeff Reese, Chicago's 1996 second-round pick (Dagenais), and Tampa Bay's 1996 eighth-round pick (Bertsch), on June 22, 1996.
  5. ^ Although the Devils made four picks in the second round of the 1996 Draft, none were originally their picks; the Devils' original pick (used on Marek Posmyk) was traded to Toronto in exchange for Dave Andreychuk on March 13, 1996.
  6. ^ Parker never reported for the Devils; he was subsequently redrafted by Colorado in the first round (20th overall) of the 1998 Draft.
  7. ^ No source exists to indicate why the Devils made two selections this round.
  8. ^ Bertsch had previously been drafted by Quebec in the eighth round (191st overall) of the 1994 Draft.

Regular season[edit]

During the regular season, the Devils allowed the fewest goals (182), the fewest power-play goals (28), took the fewest penalties (235) and had the best penalty killing percentage (88.09%) in the league. Coincidentally, they also had the fewest power-play goals (40) and the fewest short-handed goals (4) in the league.[13] Devils goaltenders combined to record 12 shutouts, the most in the NHL and 5 of those shutouts came in the final 10 games of the season.[14][15]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
3 4 Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
4 5 New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
5 9 Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
6 11 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
7 12 New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70

Schedule and results[edit]

# R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W Oct 5, 1996 3–1 Detroit Red Wings 1–0–0
2 L Oct 7, 1996 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 1–1–0
3 L Oct 12, 1996 2–4 Dallas Stars 1–2–0
4 W Oct 15, 1996 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 2–2–0
5 T Oct 18, 1996 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators 2–2–1
6 L Oct 19, 1996 2–6 @ Hartford Whalers 2–3–1
7 W Oct 24, 1996 3–1 San Jose Sharks 3–3–1
8 W Oct 26, 1996 4–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4–3–1
9 L Oct 29, 1996 2–5 @ Boston Bruins 4–4–1
10 L Oct 30, 1996 1–6 New York Rangers 4–5–1
11 W Nov 2, 1996 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning 5–5–1
12 W Nov 6, 1996 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings 6–5–1
13 W Nov 7, 1996 4–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 7–5–1
14 W Nov 9, 1996 4–0 New York Islanders 8–5–1
15 W Nov 12, 1996 3–2 OT Washington Capitals 9–5–1
16 L Nov 14, 1996 0–3 Vancouver Canucks 9–6–1
17 W Nov 16, 1996 6–3 Tampa Bay Lightning 10–6–1
18 W Nov 19, 1996 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators 11–6–1
19 L Nov 22, 1996 1–5 Washington Capitals 11–7–1
20 L Nov 23, 1996 3–4 @ Washington Capitals 11–8–1
21 W Nov 27, 1996 3–2 @ Dallas Stars 12–8–1
22 L Nov 28, 1996 3–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes 12–9–1
23 L Nov 30, 1996 1–2 @ Colorado Avalanche 12–10–1
24 W Dec 3, 1996 2–0 Florida Panthers 13–10–1
25 W Dec 5, 1996 2–1 Calgary Flames 14–10–1
26 L Dec 7, 1996 3–4 OT Phoenix Coyotes 14–11–1
27 W Dec 10, 1996 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 15–11–1
28 W Dec 12, 1996 7–4 @ Boston Bruins 16–11–1
29 T Dec 14, 1996 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens 16–11–2
30 W Dec 16, 1996 5–0 @ Calgary Flames 17–11–2
31 W Dec 18, 1996 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks 18–11–2
32 W Dec 20, 1996 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers 19–11–2
33 T Dec 23, 1996 0–0 OT Buffalo Sabres 19–11–3
34 L Dec 26, 1996 1–4 @ New York Islanders 19–12–3
35 W Dec 28, 1996 5–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 20–12–3
36 L Dec 31, 1996 5–6 @ Buffalo Sabres 20–13–3
37 L Jan 2, 1997 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins 20–14–3
38 W Jan 3, 1997 1–0 @ Ottawa Senators 21–14–3
39 L Jan 5, 1997 3–5 St. Louis Blues 21–15–3
40 T Jan 8, 1997 1–1 OT Colorado Avalanche 21–15–4
41 T Jan 10, 1997 3–3 OT Chicago Blackhawks 21–15–5
42 L Jan 12, 1997 0–3 @ New York Rangers 21–16–5
43 W Jan 14, 1997 4–2 Boston Bruins 22–16–5
44 W Jan 21, 1997 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings 23–16–5
45 L Jan 22, 1997 1–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 23–17–5
46 W Jan 24, 1997 3–1 @ San Jose Sharks 24–17–5
47 T Jan 29, 1997 1–1 OT Ottawa Senators 24–17–6
48 T Jan 31, 1997 3–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs 24–17–7
49 T Feb 1, 1997 4–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens 24–17–8
50 W Feb 5, 1997 4–1 New York Islanders 25–17–8
51 T Feb 7, 1997 2–2 OT Florida Panthers 25–17–9
52 W Feb 8, 1997 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers 26–17–9
53 W Feb 12, 1997 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers 27–17–9
54 W Feb 13, 1997 4–0 Hartford Whalers 28–17–9
55 W Feb 15, 1997 4–1 @ Montreal Canadiens 29–17–9
56 T Feb 17, 1997 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers 29–17–10
57 T Feb 19, 1997 1–1 OT New York Rangers 29–17–11
58 T Feb 20, 1997 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers 29–17–12
59 L Feb 22, 1997 1–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 29–18–12
60 W Feb 26, 1997 5–3 @ New York Islanders 30–18–12
61 W Feb 27, 1997 4–1 Buffalo Sabres 31–18–12
62 W Mar 1, 1997 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 32–18–12
63 W Mar 4, 1997 3–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 33–18–12
64 W Mar 5, 1997 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers 34–18–12
65 L Mar 8, 1997 1–5 @ New York Islanders 34–19–12
66 W Mar 9, 1997 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres 35–19–12
67 W Mar 11, 1997 6–1 Edmonton Oilers 36–19–12
68 W Mar 13, 1997 6–0 Hartford Whalers 37–19–12
69 W Mar 15, 1997 3–2 Washington Capitals 38–19–12
70 L Mar 17, 1997 1–4 Florida Panthers 38–20–12
71 T Mar 19, 1997 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals 38–20–13
72 W Mar 22, 1997 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 39–20–13
73 L Mar 25, 1997 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers 39–21–13
74 W Mar 27, 1997 4–0 New York Rangers 40–21–13
75 W Mar 30, 1997 5–2 Los Angeles Kings 41–21–13
76 W Apr 1, 1997 1–0 @ Washington Capitals 42–21–13
77 W Apr 4, 1997 3–0 Tampa Bay Lightning 43–21–13
78 W Apr 6, 1997 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues 44–21–13
79 T Apr 8, 1997 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning 44–21–14
80 L Apr 9, 1997 2–4 @ Florida Panthers 44–22–14
81 W Apr 11, 1997 2–0 Boston Bruins 45–22–14
82 L Apr 13, 1997 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 45–23–14

Playoffs[edit]

In the first game of the series against Montreal, on April 17, 1997, with the Devils up by two goals late in the game, Martin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens' empty net to ensure a 5–2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall.[16]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 82 23 39 62 54 24 5 0 6
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 82 27 34 61 48 38 4 1 2
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 80 29 25 54 49 11 5 0 6
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 82 29 18 47 95 -2 7 0 9
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 81 18 27 45 20 6 2 2 3
Zelepukin, ValeriValeri Zelepukin LW 71 14 24 38 36 -10 3 0 2
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 81 5 30 35 64 -4 3 0 3
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 57 15 19 34 46 9 1 0 2
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 70 12 20 32 62 7 3 0 3
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 77 9 18 27 109 15 0 0 2
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 79 5 19 24 70 26 0 0 1
Sullivan, SteveSteve Sullivan RW 33 8 14 22 14 9 2 0 2
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 20 7 15 22 22 7 2 0 0
Chambers, ShawnShawn Chambers D 73 4 17 21 19 17 1 0 0
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 62 4 15 19 14 6 0 1 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 79 3 13 16 110 16 1 0 2
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 46 6 8 14 6 -1 0 0 1
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 77 2 7 9 70 24 0 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 20 2 5 7 6 2 1 0 1
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 28 2 4 6 6 2 0 0 0
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 17 2 3 5 2 -4 0 0 0
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 29 2 2 4 20 -13 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 67 0 4 4 8 0 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 27 0 4 4 60 0 0 0 0
Smith, JasonJason Smith D 57 1 2 3 38 -8 0 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 19 1 2 3 4 -8 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 18 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0
Peluso, MikeMike Peluso LW 20 0 2 2 68 0 0 0 0
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Broten, NealNeal Broten C 3 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham G 26 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa LW 1 0 0 0 5 -1 0 0 0
Persson, RicardRicard Persson D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reese, JeffJeff Reese G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sharifijanov, VadimVadim Sharifijanov LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 3838 67 37 14 13 120 1.88 10 1633 1513 .927
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham 1013 26 8 7 1 43 2.55 2 456 413 .906
Reese, JeffJeff Reese 139 3 0 2 0 13 5.61 0 65 52 .800
Team: 4990 82 45 23 14 176 2.12 12 2154 1978 .918

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 10 4 5 9 4 2 1 1
Chambers, ShawnShawn Chambers D 10 1 6 7 6 1 0 0
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 10 2 4 6 6 2 0 1
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 10 4 1 5 6 1 2 0
Zelepukin, ValeriValeri Zelepukin LW 8 3 2 5 2 1 0 1
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 8 2 3 5 4 1 0 0
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 10 2 3 5 4 1 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 10 2 2 4 19 1 0 0
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 10 0 4 4 14 0 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 10 0 4 4 2 0 0 0
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 8 2 1 3 18 1 0 1
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 10 1 2 3 2 0 0 0
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett D 10 0 3 3 10 0 0 0
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 10 1 1 2 18 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 10 0 0 0 28 0 0 0
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 5 0 0 0 29 0 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 659 10 5 5 19 1.73 2 268 249 .929
Team: 659 10 5 5 19 1.73 2 268 249 .929

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

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