1998–99 New York Rangers season

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1998–99 New York Rangers
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 11th Eastern
1998–99 record 33–38–11
Home record 17–19–5
Road record 16–19–6
Goals for 217
Goals against 227
Team information
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach John Muckler
Captain Brian Leetch
Alternate captains Adam Graves
Unknown
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,200 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Adam Graves (38)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (53)
Points Wayne Gretzky (62)
Penalties in minutes Ulf Samuelsson (93)
Wins Mike Richter (27)
Goals against average Mike Richter (2.63)
<1997–98 1999–00>
Wayne Gretzky's Farewell Game at Madison Square Garden

The 1998–99 New York Rangers season was the 73rd season for the franchise. It was Wayne Gretzky’s final season in the National Hockey League.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
R CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
2 5 Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
3 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
4 10 New York Rangers 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
5 13 New York Islanders 82 24 48 10 194 244 58

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Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 y – New Jersey Devils ATL 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
2 y – Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 23 15 239 179 103
3 y – Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 34 30 18 210 202 86
4 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 30 7 268 231 97
5 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 214 181 91
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 28 17 207 175 91
8 Pittsburgh Penguins ATL 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
9 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 34 18 210 228 78
10 New York Rangers ATL 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
11 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 32 39 11 184 209 75
12 Washington Capitals SE 82 31 45 6 200 218 68
13 New York Islanders ATL 82 24 48 10 194 244 58
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 19 54 9 179 292 47

Divisions: ATL - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division


The Great One Retires[edit]

Wayne Gretzky's last NHL game in Canada was on April 16, 1999, in a 2–2 tie with the Ottawa Senators, and his final game was a 2–1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins which had Jaromir Jagr, the future Ranger captain, scoring the game-winning goal on April 18, 1999 in the Madison Square Garden. The national anthems in that game were adjusted to accommodate Gretzky's departure. In place of "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee", Bryan Adams sang "We're going to miss you Wayne Gretzky".[3] The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by John Amirante, was changed from "the land of the free" to "the land of Wayne Gretzky". He scored his final point in this game, assisting on the lone New York goal scored by Brian Leetch. Gretzky was named as the first, second, and third star of both games. Only Maurice Richard has had such an honour, when during the Stanley Cup Playoffs on March 23, 1944, he scored five dominating goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His Montreal Canadiens won 5–1.

At the time of his retirement, Gretzky was the second-to-last WHA player still active in professional hockey, Mark Messier being the last. Messier, himself a former Ranger, along with other representatives of the great Edmonton dynasty of the 1980s, attended the game.[4] Gretzky's final game was considered a "national retirement party" in Canada,[4] and Bryan Adams's rendition of "O Canada" was like a "lullaby."[4] As the final seconds ticked away, the crowd at Madison Square Garden gave him a standing ovation, capping off "an entirely satisfying, weekend-long going-away party" in Canada,[4] as there would be "No Regretzkys."[4]

Gretzky told Scott Morrison that the final game of his career was his greatest day.[5] He recounted:

Schedule and results[edit]

1998-99 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Rangers failed to qualify for the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs, missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Richter, MikeMike Richter 68 3878 27 30 8 170 2.63 1897 .910 4
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 22 1097 6 8 3 49 2.68 570 .914 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.

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Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York at the Marine Midland Arena.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 7 Manny Malhotra C  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
2 40 Randy Copley LW  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
3 66 Jason LaBarbera G  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
4 114 Boyd Kane LW  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
5 122 Pat Leahy RW  United States Miami University (Ohio) (NCAA)
5 131 Tomas Kloucek D  Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)
7 180 Stefan Lundqvist RW  Sweden Brynas IF (SEL)
8 207 Johan Witehall LW  Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
9 235 Jan Mertzig D  Sweden Lulea HF (SEL)

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 155.
  2. ^ "1998-1999 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  3. ^ Brady, Erik (April 19, 1999). "He loved 'every part of the game'". USA Today. Retrieved 24 November 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Cole, Stephen (2004). The Best of Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto: McArthur & Company. p. 133. ISBN 1-55278-408-8. 
  5. ^ a b Morrison, Scott (2008). Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day. Toronto: Key Porter Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-55470-086-8. 
  6. ^ "1998-99 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01.