2003–04 Edmonton Oilers season

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2003–04 Edmonton Oilers
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 9th Western
2003–04 record 36–29–12–5
Home record 22–12–4–3
Road record 14–17–8–2
Goals for 221
Goals against 208
Team information
General Manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Ethan Moreau
Ryan Smyth
Arena Rexall Place (renamed from Skyreach Centre in January)
Commonwealth Stadium
(1 game)
Average attendance 17,677 (105.0%)
Minor league affiliations Toronto Roadrunners (AHL)
Columbus Cottonmouths (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (23)
Assists Ryan Smyth (36)
Points Ryan Smyth (59)
Penalties in minutes Georges Laraque (99)
Plus/minus Igor Ulanov (+19)
Wins Ty Conklin (17)
Tommy Salo (17)
Goals against average Ty Conklin (2.42)
<2002–03 2004–05>

The 2003–04 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 25th season in the NHL, and they were coming off a 36–26–11–9 record in 2002–03, earning 92 points, and returned to the playoffs after a 1 year absence. The Oilers were then defeated by the Dallas Stars in 6 games in the opening round.

During the off-season, the Oilers and Mike Comrie could not come to a contract agreement, and Comrie would not start the season with the team. Comrie would eventually be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in December for Jeff Woywitka and the Flyers 1st round draft pick in 2004.

The club would start off the season on the right foot, having a record of 10–7–2–0 in the first 19 games, however, Edmonton would go into a slump and have a 10–17–6–1 in their next 34 games, and sitting in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Oilers would come out of their slump, and finish the season with a 16–5–4–4 in their remaining 29 games, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Oilers would finish in 9th spot in the West, 2 points behind the 8th place Nashville Predators, and fail to qualify for the post-season for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.

Offensively, Ryan Smyth would lead the club with 23 goals, 36 assists and 59 points. Radek Dvorak would finish just behind Smyth with 50 points, while Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres would each score 20 goals. Marc-Andre Bergeron would lead the defense with 9 goals and 26 points, while Eric Brewer would finish just behind him with 7 goals and 25 points. Georges Laraque would lead the club in penalty minutes with 99.

In goal, Tommy Salo would begin the season as the starter, however, he would lose his job and eventually be traded to the Colorado Avalanche before the season was over. He won 17 games and had a 2.58 GAA, along with 3 shutouts, with Edmonton. Ty Conklin took over the starting duties, and he would also win 17 games, have a 2.42 GAA and earn a shutout along the way.

Heritage Classic[edit]

The Heritage Classic [1] was an outdoor ice hockey game played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. It was the second NHL outdoor game and the first regular season outdoor game in the history of the National Hockey League, and was modeled after the success of the "cold war" game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University in 2001. The first NHL game to be played outdoors was in 1991 when the Los Angeles Kings played the New York Rangers in an exhibition game outside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.[2] The event took place in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium in front of a crowd of 57,167, the largest number of people to ever watch a live NHL game, despite temperatures of close to -18 °C, -30 °C (-22 °F) with wind chill. It was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Edmonton Oilers joining the NHL in 1979. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television broadcast also set the record for most viewers of a single NHL game with 2.747 million nationwide. This was the first NHL game broadcast in HDTV on CBC.

Season standings[edit]

Northwest Division[3]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
2 4 Colorado Avalanche 82 40 22 13 7 235 198 100
3 6 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
4 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
5 10 Minnesota Wild 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 21 11 2 255 189 109
2 Y- San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 21 11 2 255 183 104
3 Y- Vancouver Canucks NW 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
4 X- Colorado Avalanche NW 82 40 22 13 7 236 198 100
5 X- Dallas Stars PA 82 41 26 13 2 194 175 97
6 X- Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
7 X- St. Louis Blues CE 82 39 30 11 2 191 198 91
8 X- Nashville Predators CE 82 38 29 11 4 216 217 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
10 Minnesota Wild NW 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83
11 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 28 29 16 9 205 217 81
12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA 82 29 35 10 8 184 213 76
13 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 22 36 18 6 188 245 68
14 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 25 45 8 4 177 238 62
15 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 20 43 11 8 188 259 59

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

2003–04 Game Log

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

Season stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Smyth 82 23 36 59 70
Radek Dvorak 78 15 35 50 26
Mike York 61 16 26 42 15
Shawn Horcoff 80 15 25 40 73
Raffi Torres 80 20 14 34 65

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP Min W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Jussi Markkanen 7 393 2 2 2 12 0 .934 1.83
Ty Conklin 39 2085 17 14 4 84 1 .912 2.42
Tommy Salo 44 2486 17 18 6 107 3 .896 2.58
Steve Valiquette 1 13 0 0 0 2 0 .714 9.23

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Raffi Torres 1st NHL Goal October 9, 2003
Eric Brewer 200th NHL PIM October 16, 2003
Tony Salmelainen 1st NHL Game October 30, 2003
Radek Dvorak 200th NHL Assist
200th NHL PIM
November 1, 2003
Mike York 200th NHL Point
Tony Salmelainen 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
November 4, 2003
Peter Sarno 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Steve Staios 700th NHL PIM
Shawn Horcoff 200th NHL Game November 6, 2003
Ryan Smyth 200th NHL Assist November 10, 2003
Jarret Stoll 1st NHL Goal
Ty Conklin 1st NHL Shutout November 13, 2003
Steve Staios 100th NHL Point November 22, 2003
Jason Smith 700th NHL PIM December 6, 2003
Cory Cross 600th NHL PIM December 12, 2003
Jason Chimera 100th NHL Game December 23, 2003
Georges Laraque 700th NHL PIM December 30, 2003
Mikko Luoma 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Doug Lynch 1st NHL Game January 2, 2004
Ryan Smyth 600th NHL Game January 5, 2004
Ales Hemsky 100th NHL Game January 10, 2004
Tommy Salo 200th NHL Win
500th NHL Game
Adam Oates 1,300th NHL Game January 13, 2004
Steve Staios 500th NHL Game January 15, 2004
Brad Isbister 500th NHL PIM January 17, 2004
Igor Ulanov 1,100th NHL PIM January 22, 2004
Ryan Smyth 400th NHL Point January 24, 2004
Mike Bishai 1st NHL Game January 29, 2004
Eric Brewer 100th NHL Point
Mike Bishai 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
January 31, 2004
Brad Isbister 400th NHL Game
Ethan Moreau 700th NHL PIM
Scott Ferguson 200th NHL Game February 16, 2004
Ryan Smyth 500th NHL PIM February 23, 2004
Shawn Horcoff 100th NHL Point February 25, 2004
Ethan Moreau 100th NHL Goal February 27, 2004
Georges Laraque 400th NHL Game February 29, 2004
Fernando Pisani 100th NHL Game March 12, 2004
Raffi Torres
Jason Smith 700th NHL Game March 14, 2004
Cory Cross 600th NHL Game March 21, 2004
Eric Brewer 400th NHL Game March 26, 2004
Ethan Moreau 600th NHL Game
Petr Nedved 300th NHL Goal
Igor Ulanov 700th NHL Game March 30, 2004

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 21, 2003 To New Jersey Devils
1st round pick in 2003 - Zach Parise
To Edmonton Oilers
1st round pick in 2003 - Marc-Antoine Pouliot
2nd round pick in 2003 - Jean-François Jacques
June 30, 2003 To New York Rangers
Jussi Markkanen
*4th round pick in 2004 - Roman Kukumberg
To Edmonton Oilers
Brian Leetch
December 16, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Comrie
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Woywitka
1st round pick in 2004 - Rob Schremp
3rd round pick in 2005 - Danny Syvret
February 16, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Peter Sarno
To Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Moss
March 7, 2004 To New York Rangers
Stephen Valiquette
Dwight Helminen
2nd round pick in 2004 - Dane Byers
To Edmonton Oilers
Petr Nedved
Jussi Markkanen
March 9, 2004 To Colorado Avalanche
Tommy Salo
6th round pick in 2005 - Justin Mercier
To Edmonton Oilers
Tom Gilbert

*Later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
D Rocky Thompson Florida Panthers 2 years,
G Stephen Valiquette New York Islanders 1 year,
F Jamie Wright Philadelphia Flyers 2 years,
F Adam Oates Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1 year, $1.95 million
D Igor Ulanov Florida Panthers 1 year, $2 million
Player New team
F Todd Marchant Columbus Blue Jackets
F Daniel Cleary Phoenix Coyotes
F Brian Swanson Atlanta Thrashers
D Brian Leetch New York Rangers

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
2 51 Colin McDonald  United States New England Jr. Coyotes (EJHL)
2 68 Jean-François Jacques  Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
3 72 Mikhail Zhukov  Russia Arboga (Sweden)
3 94 Zack Stortini  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
5 147 Kalle Olsson  Sweden Frolunda (Sweden)
5 154 David Rohlfs  United States Compuware Ambassadors (NAHL)
6 184 Dragan Umicevic  Sweden Södertälje SK (SEL)
7 214 Kyle Brodziak  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
7 215 Mathieu Roy  Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
8 248 Josef Hrabal  Czech Republic HC Vsetin (Czech.)
9 278 Troy Bodie  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Roster[edit]

2003-04 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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