2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
2005–06 record 45–26–11
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 23–13–5
Goals for 267 (7th)
Goals against 259 (17th)
Team information
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Keith Primeau
Derian Hatcher
(interim from Jan 29)
Alternate captains Simon Gagne
Derian Hatcher
(to Jan 29)
Sami Kapanen
(from Jan 29)
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,653[1]
Minor league affiliations Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)[2]
Trenton Titans (ECHL)[3]
Team leaders
Goals Simon Gagne (47)
Assists Peter Forsberg (56)
Points Simon Gagne (79)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (166)
Plus/minus Simon Gagne (+31)
Wins Antero Niittymaki (23)
Goals against average Antero Niittymaki (2.94)
<2004–05 2006–07>

The 2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 39th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Buffalo Sabres in six games.

Off-season[edit]

The Flyers were one of the more active teams once the lockout came to an end. Replacing the high-profile names of Tony Amonte, John LeClair and Jeremy Roenick were superstar Peter Forsberg, along with defensemen Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje, as well as several players from the Calder Cup-winning Philadelphia Phantoms. When all was said and done, the team had experienced a turnover of nearly two-thirds of the roster.

Regular season[edit]

The Flyers began the season with lofty expectations. Despite being hampered by injuries prior to and during 2005–06, the Flyers lived up to those expectations in the first half of the season, reaching the top of the league standings in January while simultaneously holding a ten-point lead in the Atlantic Division. The Deuces Wild line of Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble recorded 75, 79 and 65 points respectively, while Gagne scored a career high 47 goals.

However, the injuries began to accumulate and take their toll. Keith Primeau suffered a concussion on October 23 in Montreal and missed the rest of the season and the playoffs. In late January, Hatcher was named interim team captain for the duration of Primeau's absence. All told, the Flyers were third in the NHL with 388 man-games lost to injury, tops amongst playoff teams.[4] The second half of the regular season was defined by a record hovering around .500, sending the Flyers on a steady slide in the standings. The Flyers fell short of an Atlantic Division title finishing second by tie-breaker to the New Jersey Devils and drawing the 5th seed and a first round match-up with the Buffalo Sabres.

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 New Jersey Devils 82 46 27 9 242 229 101
2 5 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 26 11 267 259 101
3 6 New York Rangers 82 44 26 12 257 215 100
4 12 New York Islanders 82 36 40 6 230 278 78
5 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 22 46 14 244 316 58

[5]


Eastern Conference[6]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Ottawa Senators NE 82 52 21 9 314 211 113
2 Y- Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 52 22 8 294 260 112
3 Y - New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 27 8 242 229 101
4 X- Buffalo Sabres NE 82 52 24 6 242 239 110
5 X-Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 45 26 11 267 259 101
6 X– New York Rangers AT 82 44 26 12 257 215 100
7 X-Montreal Canadiens NE 82 42 31 9 243 247 93
8 X- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 43 33 6 252 260 92
8.5
9 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 41 33 8 257 270 90
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 41 33 8 281 275 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 37 34 11 240 257 85
12 New York Islanders AT 82 36 40 6 230 278 78
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 29 37 16 230 266 74
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 29 41 12 237 306 70
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 22 46 14 244 316 58

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

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


Playoffs[edit]

The Flyers lost to Buffalo in six games.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

2005 pre-season[7]

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Regular season[edit]

2005–06 Regular season

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

2006 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position (C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing); GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in minutes; dagger = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only. double-dagger = Left team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

# Player Age Pos GP G A P +/- PIM GP G A P +/- PIM
Regular season Playoffs
12 Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne 25 LW 72 47 32 79 31 38 6 3 1 4 2 2
21 Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg 32 C 60 19 56 75 21 46 6 4 4 8 2 6
22 Knuble, MikeMike Knuble 33 RW 82 34 31 65 25 80 6 1 3 4 1 8
44 Pitkanen, JoniJoni Pitkanen 22 D 58 13 33 46 22 78 6 0 2 2 0 2
26 Handzus, MichalMichal Handzus 28 C 73 11 33 44 -2 38 6 0 2 2 -2 2
17 Carter, JeffJeff Carter 21 C 81 23 19 42 10 40 6 0 0 0 -4 10
20 Umberger, R. J.R. J. Umberger 23 C 73 20 18 38 9 18 5 1 0 1 -3 2
24 Kapanen, SamiSami Kapanen 32 RW 58 12 22 34 -9 12 6 0 0 0 -4 2
18 Richards, MikeMike Richards 20 C 79 11 23 34 6 65 6 0 1 1 -5 0
34 Meyer, FreddyFreddy Meyer 25 D 57 6 21 27 10 33 6 0 1 1 -5 8
5 Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson 29 D 47 6 19 25 5 34
37 Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins 36 D 45 4 20 24 3 56 6 1 3 4 -3 6
3 Rathje, MikeMike Rathje 31 D 79 3 21 24 22 46 6 0 0 0 -1 6
2 Hatcher, DerianDerian Hatcher 33 D 77 4 13 17 2 93 6 0 2 2 -4 10
49 Savage, BrianBrian Savage 34 LW 66 9 5 14 -18 28 6 1 0 1 -4 4
19 Radivojevic, BrankoBranko Radivojevic 25 RW 64 8 6 14 -6 44 5 1 0 1 -1 0
11 Sim, JonJon Simdouble-dagger 28 RW 39 7 7 14 -6 28
93 Nedved, PetrPetr Nedveddagger 34 C 28 5 9 14 -8 36 6 2 0 2 -4 8
15 Dimitrakos, NikoNiko Dimitrakosdagger 26 RW 9 5 4 9 4 6 5 0 0 0 -2 2
87 Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear 34 LW 76 4 5 9 -2 166 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharpdouble-dagger 24 C 22 5 3 8 4 10
55 Eager, BenBen Eager 22 LW 25 3 5 8 0 18 2 0 0 0 -4 26
29 Jones, RandyRandy Jones 24 D 28 0 8 8 -6 16
28 Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenbergdouble-dagger 24 D 24 2 5 7 -4 4
25 Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau 34 C 9 1 6 7 0 6
27 Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson 33 RW 31 1 3 4 -2 45
6 Therien, ChrisChris Therien 34 D 47 0 4 4 -7 34
14 Ready, RyanRyan Ready 27 LW 7 0 1 1 0 0
23 Ellison, MattMatt Ellisondagger 22 RW 5 0 1 1 2 2
11 Potulny, RyanRyan Potulny 21 C 2 0 1 1 1 0
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 25 G 46 0 0 0 N/A 0 2 0 0 0 N/A 0
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 28 G 44 0 0 0 N/A 4 6 0 0 0 N/A 2
23 Gauthier, DenisDenis Gauthierdagger 29 D 17 0 0 0 6 37 6 0 1 1 -5 19
36 Kavanagh, PatPat Kavanagh 26 RW 8 0 0 0 -2 2
41 Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard 20 D 6 0 0 0 -2 45
46 Gratton, JoshJosh Grattondouble-dagger 23 LW 3 0 0 0 0 14
15 Chouinard, EricEric Chouinarddouble-dagger 25 C 1 0 0 0 0 2
28 Printz, DavidDavid Printz 25 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
40 Ruzicka, StefanStefan Ruzicka 20 RW 1 0 0 0 0 2
43 Skolney, WadeWade Skolney 24 D 1 0 0 0 0 2

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average; MIN = Minutes played

# Player Age GP W L OT SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 25 46 23 15 6 2 132 .895 2.94 2690 2 0 0 0 5 .828 4.11 73
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 28 40 22 11 5 1 113 .897 2.97 2286 6 2 4 0 22 .875 4.20 314

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
NHL Defensive Player of the Week Antero Niittymaki (January 9)
(co-winner with David Aebischer of the Colorado Avalanche)
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Joni Pitkanen
Bobby Clarke Trophy Simon Gagne
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Joni Pitkanen
Toyota Cup Simon Gagne
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Peter Forsberg

Records[edit]

Team single season records
Record Total
Shootout wins 4
(tied in 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2011–12)

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from February 17, 2005, the day after the 2004–05 season was officially canceled, through June 19, 2006, the day of the deciding game of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.[8]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
July 29, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 2005
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Todd Fedoruk
July 30, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
1st-round pick in 2005
2nd-round pick in 2006
To Florida Panthers
1st-round pick in 2005
July 30, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
Columbus' 4th-round pick in 2005
2nd-round pick in 2006
To Phoenix Coyotes
Anaheim's 2nd-round pick in 2005
July 30, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 2006
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Dallas' 3rd-round pick in 2005
4th-round pick in 2005
August 2, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 2006
To Nashville Predators
Danny Markov
August 4, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Los Angeles Kings
Jeremy Roenick
Nashville's 3rd-round pick in 2006
December 5, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Ellison
3rd-round pick in 2006
To Chicago Blackhawks
Eric Meloche
Patrick Sharp
December 28, 2005 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kiel McLeod
To Phoenix Coyotes
Eric Chouinard
January 20, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Petr Nedved
4th-round pick in 2006
option to switch 3rd-round picks in 2007
(Option not exercised)
To Phoenix Coyotes
Dennis Seidenberg
4th-round pick in 2006
January 23, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2007
To Florida Panthers
Jon Sim
March 9, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Denis Gauthier
To Phoenix Coyotes
Josh Gratton
Florida's 2nd-round pick in 2006
Tampa Bay's 2nd-round pick in 2006
March 9, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Niko Dimitrakos
To San Jose Sharks
3rd-round pick in 2006
April 19, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 2006
To Los Angeles Kings
Dean Lombardi
(hired as team's general manager)

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details
August 2, 2005 Derian Hatcher Detroit Red Wings 4 years, $14 million
August 2, 2005 Mike Rathje San Jose Sharks 5 years, $17.5 million
August 2, 2005 Jon Sim Phoenix Coyotes 1 year
August 2, 2005 Chris Therien Dallas Stars 1 year, $500,000
August 3, 2005 Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche 2 years, $11.5 million
August 22, 2005 Eric Chouinard Minnesota Wild 1 year
August 22, 2005 Pat Kavanagh Ottawa Senators 1 year
August 22, 2005 Jamie Storr Springfield Falcons (AHL) 1 year*
September 15, 2005 Brian Savage Phoenix Coyotes 1 year
June 15, 2006 Marty Murray Hannover Scorpions (DEL) 1 year

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Contract details
August 9, 2005 Simon Gagne 1 year, $2 million
August 9, 2005 Kim Johnsson 1 year
August 9, 2005 Branko Radivojevic 1 year
August 9, 2005 Patrick Sharp 1 year
August 10, 2005 Robert Esche 2 years, $2 million
August 10, 2005 Dennis Seidenberg 1 year
August 22, 2005 Ryan Ready 1 year*
February 4, 2006 Freddy Meyer 2 year extension
February 8, 2006 Randy Jones 2 year extension
March 23, 2006 Denis Gauthier 3 year extension

Entry level contracts[edit]

The following players — Flyers draft picks, undrafted free agents, and the unsigned draft picks of other teams — were signed by the Flyers to entry level contracts.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details
July 27, 2005 Jeff Carter Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 2003 1st-round pick 3 years
July 27, 2005 Triston Grant Vancouver Giants (WHL) 2004 9th-round pick 3 years
July 27, 2005 Alexandre Picard Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 2003 3rd-round pick 3 years
July 27, 2005 Mike Richards Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 2003 1st-round pick 3 years
July 29, 2005 Rejean Beauchemin Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 2003 6th-round pick
July 30, 2005 Stefan Ruzicka Owen Sound Attack (OHL) 2003 3rd-round pick
August 23, 2005 Riley Cote Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $900,000
March 29, 2006 Ryan Potulny Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) 2003 3rd-round pick 2 years
April 16, 2006 Scott Munroe Alabama–Huntsville Chargers (CHA) Undrafted free agent
April 27, 2006 Gino Pisellini Plymouth Whalers (OHL) 2004 5th-round pick
May 28, 2006 Frederik Cabana Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 2004 6th-round pick 3 years
May 30, 2006 Steve Downie Peterborough Petes (OHL) 2005 1st-round pick 3 years
May 30, 2006 Jussi Timonen SaiPa (SM-liiga) 2001 5th-round pick 2 years

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 Notes
April 17, 2005 Marcus Ragnarsson Almtuna IS (Allsvenskan) Free agency Retired from NHL
July 19, 2005 Neil Little Espoo Blues (SM-liiga) Free agency
July 22, 2005 Mattias Timander Modo Hockey (Elitserien) Free agency
July 23, 2005 Tony Amonte Calgary Flames Buyout Signed with Calgary on August 2
July 23, 2005 John LeClair Pittsburgh Penguins Buyout Signed with Pittsburgh on August 15
July 25, 2005 Radovan Somik Malmo Redhawks (Elitserien) Free agency
August 4, 2005 Vladimir Malakhov New Jersey Devils Free agency Contract expired following 2003–04 season
August 4, 2005 Alexei Zhamnov Boston Bruins Free agency Contract expired following 2003–04 season
August 4, 2005 Sean Burke Tampa Bay Lightning Free agency
August 12, 2005 Boyd Kane Washington Capitals Free agency
August 12, 2005 Peter White HIFK (SM-liiga) Free agency
N/A Claude Lapointe Unsigned Signed with SC Bern (NLA) on September 4, 2006
May 18, 2006 Jamie Storr* DEG Metro Stars (DEL) Free agency

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Westin Hotel Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario on July 30, 2005.[9]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2005 and their NHL career regular season statistics (complete through the end of the 2013–14 season)
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L OT GAA
1 29[a] Downie, SteveSteve Downie Right Wing Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 336 59 103 162 766 &
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3 91[b] Bartulis, OskarsOskars Bartulis Defense Latvia Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) 66 1 8 9 32 &
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4 119[c] Duchesne, JeremyJeremy Duchesne Goaltender Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.53
5 152 Beaulieu, JoshJosh Beaulieu Center Canada London Knights (OHL) &
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6 174 Flatters, JohnJohn Flatters Defense Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL) &
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7 215 Clackson, MattMatt Clackson Right Wing Canada Chicago Steel (USHL) &
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Draft notes[10]
  • a The Flyers traded their first-round pick, 20th overall, to the Florida Panthers for the Panthers' first-round pick, 29th overall, and the Panthers' 2006 second-round pick on July 30, 2005.
  • The Flyers traded their second-round pick, 41st overall, and Rick Kozak to the New York Rangers for Vladimir Malakhov on March 8, 2004.
  • The Flyers traded their third-round pick, 81st overall, their 2004 first-round pick, and Jeff Woywitka to the Edmonton Oilers for Mike Comrie on December 16, 2003.
  • b The Flyers traded their 2004 fifth and sixth-round picks and the San Jose Sharks' 2004 sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Lightning's third-round pick, 91st overall, on June 27, 2004.
  • The Flyers traded their fourth-round pick, 102nd overall, and the Dallas Stars' third-round pick, 89th overall, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Lightning's 2006 second-round pick on July 30, 2005.
  • c The Flyers traded Todd Fedoruk to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the Mighty Ducks' second-round pick, 59th overall, on July 27, 2005. The Flyers traded the Mighty Ducks' pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for the Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick, 119th overall, and the Coyotes' 2006 second-round pick on July 30, 2005.

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL[2][11] and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[3]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ a b "AHL Franchise Statistics". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Non-AHL Affiliates". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Why is no one talking about the Flyers?". The Canadian Press. TSN.ca. September 21, 2006. Archived from the original on September 29, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 
  6. ^ "2005–2006 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2005-2006 Preseason Schedule/Results - Philadelphia Flyers - Schedule". Philadelphia Flyers. 
  8. ^ "Hockey Transactions Search Results". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2005 NHL Entry Draft Picks at hockeydb.com". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2005 NHL Entry Draft Pick Transactions". Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "AHL Season Overview: 2005–06". P. Anson. Flyers History. Retrieved October 26, 2013.