2003–04 New York Rangers season

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2003–04 New York Rangers
Division 4th Atlantic
Conference 13th Eastern
2003–04 record 27–40–7–8
Home record 13–21–3–4
Road record 14–19–4–4
Goals for 206
Goals against 250
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather (interim)
Tom Renney
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Brian Leetch (Oct-Mar)
Jaromir Jagr (Mar-Apr)
Eric Lindros
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,073 (99.3%)
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Holik (25)
Assists Bobby Holik (31)
Points Bobby Holik (56)
Penalties in minutes Matthew Barnaby (120)
Wins Mike Dunham (16)
Goals against average Jussi Markkanen (2.56)
<2002–03 2004–05>

The 2003–04 New York Rangers season (their 78th) was disappointing for the Rangers; despite having the highest payroll in the league at over $69 million, the team finished towards the bottom of the standings. In January 2004 the Rangers acquired superstar Jaromir Jagr from the Washington Capitals at a discounted salary, but little improvement was made, so the Rangers began a "rebuilding" process. Alexei Kovalev, Martin Rucinsky, Matthew Barnaby, Petr Nedved, and Jussi Markkanen were all eventually traded, in March they traded long-time defenseman Brian Leetch to the Toronto Maple Leafs for prospects, and Eric Lindros left as a free agent at season's end.

This would also be Mark Messier's final season of professional hockey.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[1]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
1 3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 40 21 15 6 229 186 101
2 6 New Jersey Devils 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
3 8 New York Islanders 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
4 13 New York Rangers 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
5 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

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.

Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 22 8 6 245 192 106
2 Y- Boston Bruins NE 82 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
3 Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 40 21 15 6 209 188 101
4 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
5 X- Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
6 X- New Jersey Devils AT 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
7 X- Montreal Canadiens NE 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 34 7 4 220 221 85
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 33 37 8 4 214 243 78
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 28 34 14 6 172 209 76
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 28 35 15 4 188 221 75
13 New York Rangers AT 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 23 46 10 3 186 253 59
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

2003-04 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Rangers failed to qualify for the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, missing the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham 57 3148 16 30 5 159 3.03 1522 .896 2
Markkanen, JussiJussi Markkanen 26 1244 8 12 1 53 2.56 611 .913 2
McLennan, JamieJamie McLennan 4 243 1 3 0 12 2.96 97 .876 0
LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera 4 198 1 2 0 16 4.85 91 .824 0
Valiquette, SteveSteve Valiquette 2 119 1 1 0 6 3.00 71 .915 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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Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.[4]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 12 Hugh Jessiman RW  United States Dartmouth College (ECAC)
2 50[a] Ivan Baranka D  Slovakia Dubnica Jr. (Slovakia Jr.)
3 75[b] Ken Roche C  United States St. Sebastian's (USHS)
4 122[c] Corey Potter D  United States Michigan State (CCHA)
5 149 Nigel Dawes LW  Canada Kootenay Ice (WHL)
6 176[d] Ivan Dornic C  Slovakia HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovak Extraliga)
6 179[e] Philippe Furrer D   Switzerland SC Bern (NLA)
6 180[f] Chris Holt G  Canada U.S. National Development Program (USA)
7 209 Dylan Reese D  United States Pittsburgh Forge (NAHL)
8 243 Jan Marek F  Czech Republic HC Ocelari Trinic (Czech Extraliga)
Draft notes[5]
  • The New York Rangers' second-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second-round pick and a 2003 third-round pick to the Rangers in exchange for this pick.
  • a The San Jose Sharks' second-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second round pick to the Sharks in exchange for a 2003 third-round pick and this pick.
  • b The San Jose Sharks' third-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 second round pick to the Sharks in exchange for a 2003 second-round pick and this pick.
  • The New York Rangers' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of an August 20, 2001 trade that sent Eric Lindros to the Rangers in exchange for Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl, Jan Hlavac and this pick.
  • The New York Rangers' fourth-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a March 18, 2002 trade that sent Pavel Bure and a 2002 second-round pick to the Rangers in exchange for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak, a 2002 first round pick, a 2002 second round pick and this pick.
  • c The Edmonton Oilers' fourth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 30, 2002 trade that sent Mike Richter to the Oilers in exchange for this pick.
  • d The Calgary Flames' sixth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a January 22, 2003 trade that sent Mike Mottau to the Flames in exchange for a 2004 sixth-round pick and this pick.
  • e The San Jose Sharks' sixth-round pick (originally New York Rangers) went to the New York Rangers as a result of a June 22, 2003 trade that sent previous considerations to the Sharks in exchange for this pick.
  • f The Los Angeles Kings' sixth-round pick went to the New York Rangers as a result of a July 16, 2002 trade that sent Derek Armstrong to the Kings in exchange for this conditional pick.
  • The New York Rangers' ninth-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as the result of a June 23, 2002 trade that sent Krysztof Oliwa to the Rangers in exchange for future considerations (this pick).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003-2004 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2003–2004 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2003-04 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  4. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL.com. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2003 NHL Entry Draft Pick Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved June 25, 2012.