1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 5th Wales
1983–84 record 44–26–10
Home record 25–10–5
Road record 19–16–5
Goals for 350 (4th)
Goals against 290 (6th)
Team information
President Jay Snider
General Manager Bob McCammon
Coach Bob McCammon
Captain Bobby Clarke
Alternate captains None[a]
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 16,636[1]
Minor league affiliate(s) Springfield Indians
Toledo Goaldiggers
Team leaders
Goals Tim Kerr (54)
Assists Brian Propp (53)
Points Tim Kerr (93)
Penalties in minutes Glen Cochrane (225)
Plus/minus Brian Propp (+49)
Wins Bob Froese (28)
Goals against average Bob Froese (3.14)

The 1983–84 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 17th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). During the final season of the playing careers of Hockey Hall of Famers Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke, the Flyers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Washington Capitals in a three-game sweep.

Off-season[edit]

Bob McCammon replaced Keith Allen as general manager in the off-season, and retained his position as head coach.[2] McCammon had received an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins to become their general manager.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The youth of the team began to take over the reins from the old guard as Tim Kerr recorded his first 50-goal season. The team finished in third place.

The 1983–84 regular season saw Barber play his final games as he would officially announce his retirement following the next season after being unable to return from reconstructive knee surgery.

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 50 26 4 357 269 104
Washington Capitals 80 48 27 5 308 226 101
Philadelphia Flyers 80 44 26 10 350 290 98
New York Rangers 80 42 29 9 314 304 93
New Jersey Devils 80 17 56 7 231 350 41
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 16 58 6 254 390 38

[3]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Playoffs[edit]

The Flyers were swept in three games for the second consecutive season, this time by the Washington Capitals.

After the loss, Flyers President Jay Snider informed Bob McCammon he could no longer continue as head coach.[4] As GM, McCammon disagreed a change was needed, so he resigned from both positions altogether on April 25.[4] On May 15, Bobby Clarke retired from playing and was named Vice President and General Manager of the team.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1983–84 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1984 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
12 Kerr, TimTim Kerr 24 RW 79 54 39 93 30 29 3 0 0 0 −4 0
26 Propp, BrianBrian Propp 24 LW 79 39 53 92 49 37 3 0 1 1 −4 6
20 Poulin, DaveDave Poulin 25 LW 73 31 45 76 31 47 3 0 0 0 −4 2
27 Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler 33 C 76 27 36 63 13 38 3 0 2 2 −1 7
16 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke 34 C 73 17 43 60 23 70 3 2 1 3 −1 6
7 Barber, BillBill Barber 31 LW 63 22 32 54 4 36
2 Howe, MarkMark Howe 28 D 71 19 34 53 30 44 3 0 0 0 0 2
14 Sutter, RonRon Sutter 20 C 79 19 32 51 4 101 3 0 0 0 0 22
23 Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo 25 LW 73 29 17 46 22 29 2 2 0 2 0 0
6 Eriksson, ThomasThomas Eriksson 24 D 68 11 33 44 28 37 3 0 1 1 −4 0
3 Crossman, DougDoug Crossman 23 D 78 7 28 35 23 63 3 0 0 0 −2 0
11 Hachborn, LenLen Hachborn 22 C 38 11 21 32 8 4 3 0 0 0 −2 7
9 Dvorak, MiroslavMiroslav Dvorak 32 D 66 4 27 31 19 27 2 0 0 0 −5 2
15 Sutter, RichRich Sutterdagger 20 RW 70 16 12 28 10 93 3 0 0 0 0 15
10 McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon 24 D 71 0 24 24 19 76 1 0 0 0 −1 4
29 Cochrane, GlenGlen Cochrane 26 D 67 7 16 23 16 225
17 Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgrendouble-dagger 28 RW 52 9 13 22 1 105
21 MacLeish, RickRick MacLeishdouble-dagger 34 C 29 8 14 22 4 4
19 Allison, RayRay Allison 24 RW 37 8 13 21 11 47 3 0 1 1 −2 4
8 Marsh, BradBrad Marsh 25 D 77 3 14 17 24 83 3 1 1 2 −1 2
25 Guay, PaulPaul Guaydagger 20 RW 14 2 6 8 1 14 3 0 0 0 −2 4
22 Fitzpatrick, RossRoss Fitzpatrick 23 C 12 4 2 6 4 0
21 Brown, DaveDave Brown 21 RW 19 1 5 6 4 98 2 0 0 0 0 12
28 Stanley, DarylDaryl Stanley 21 D 23 1 4 5 4 71 3 0 0 0 −3 19
18 Carson, LindsayLindsay Carson 23 C 16 1 3 4 −7 10 1 0 0 0 −1 5
11 Flockhart, RonRon Flockhartdouble-dagger 23 C 8 0 3 3 1 4
35 Froese, BobBob Froese 25 G 48 0 2 2 N/A 10 3 0 0 0 N/A 0
31 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh 24 G 36 0 1 1 N/A 6 2 0 0 0 N/A 0
24 Holt, RandyRandy Holt 31 D 26 0 0 0 −1 74
15 Taylor, MarkMark Taylordouble-dagger 26 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 Bathe, FrankFrank Bathe 29 D 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
35 Froese, BobBob Froese 25 48 28 13 7 2 150 .887 3.14 2863 3 0 2 0 11 .857 4.29 154
31 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh 24 36 16 13 3 1 135 .860 4.05 1999 2 0 1 0 3 .769 6.92 26

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Ref
NHL All-Rookie Team Thomas Eriksson (Defense) [6]
NHL Player of the Week Pelle Lindbergh (October 11) [7]
Tim Kerr (March 16)
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Tim Kerr [8]
Brian Propp
Team awards[9]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Miroslav Dvorak
Class Guy Award Dave Poulin

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1983–84 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Refs
Shorthanded goals scored Period 3 12/15/1983 Washington Capitals [10]
Goals scored Game 13[b] 3/22/1984 Pittsburgh Penguins [11]
Most goals scored Season 350 [12]
Fewest games played, playoffs Season 3[c] [13]
Fewest wins, playoffs Season 0[d] [13]

Milestones[edit]

Franchise firsts
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
Overtime goal, regular season Bobby Clarke Even-strength goal at 2:43 of overtime against Denis Herron November 20, 1983 [14]
Individual career milestones[15]
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
400th goal Bill Barber Even-strength goal at 0:40 of the first period against Michel Dion October 9, 1983 [16]
600th assist Darryl Sittler Primary assist on Ron Sutter's shorthanded goal at 3:39 of the third period November 29, 1983 [17]
1000th game played Darryl Sittler January 8, 1984

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 18, 1983, the day after the deciding game of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 19, 1984, the day of the deciding game of the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals.[18]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 8, 1983 To Philadelphia Flyers
Doug Crossman
2nd-round pick in 1984
To Chicago Black Hawks
Behn Wilson
[19]
September 9, 1983[e] To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Hartford Whalers
Tom Gorence
[20]
October 23, 1983 To Philadelphia Flyers
Rich Sutter
2nd-round pick in 1984
3rd-round pick in 1984
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Andy Brickley
Ron Flockhart
Mark Taylor
1st-round pick in 1984
3rd-round pick in 1984
[21]
January 5, 1984 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To St. Louis Blues
Michel Larocque
[22]
January 8, 1984 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Detroit Red Wings
Rick MacLeish
[23]
February 23, 1984 To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Paul Guay
3rd-round pick in 1985
To Minnesota North Stars
Paul Holmgren
[24]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
August 30, 1983 Randy Holt Washington Capitals [25]
October 6, 1983 Rick MacLeish Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year [26]
May 1, 1984 Darren Jensen Fort Wayne Komets (IHL) multi-year [27]

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details Ref
August 15, 1983 Thomas Eriksson multi-year [28]
February 23, 1984 Paul Holmgren 2 years [24]
May 9, 1984 Dave Poulin multi-year [29]

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
May 9, 1984 Todd Bergen Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 1982 5th-round pick multi-year [29]
May 9, 1984 Rick Tocchet Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 1983 6th-round pick multi-year [29]
May 9, 1984 Peter Zezel Toronto Marlboros (OHL) 1983 2nd-round pick multi-year [29]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 1983 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 3, 1983.[30] Each NHL team placed 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[30] First-year professional players were exempt.[30] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[30]

The Flyers protected the following players:[31] goaltenders Michel Larocque and Pelle Lindbergh, and skaters Ray Allison, Bill Barber, Frank Bathe, Lindsay Carson, Bobby Clarke, Glen Cochrane, Doug Crossman, Ron Flockhart, Paul Holmgren, Randy Holt, Mark Howe, Tim Kerr, Brad Marsh, Brad McCrimmon, Brian Propp, Darryl Sittler, and Mark Taylor.

The Flyers left the following players unprotected:[32] goaltender Sam St. Laurent and skaters Paul Evans, Tom Gorence, Bob O'Brien, and Gord Williams.

Departures[edit]

The following players left the team via free agency, release, or retirement. Players who were under contract and left the team during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Notes Ref
August 1, 1983 John Paddock New Jersey Devils Free agency [33]
August 15, 1983 Bob Hoffmeyer New Jersey Devils Free agency [28]
October 1983 Tom Gorence Edmonton Oilers Release Signed with Edmonton on November 1 [20]
N/A Gord Williams Retirement No official announcement [34]
May 15, 1984 Bobby Clarke* Retirement Hired as team's general manager [5]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, on June 8, 1983.[35]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1983 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA Notes
2 41 Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel Center  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHL) 873 219 389 608 435 &
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3 44 Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith Left Wing  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL) 537 82 92 174 373 &
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4 81 Bourbeau, AllenAllen Bourbeau Center  United States Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (Mass.) &
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5 101 Carrier, JeromeJerome Carrier Defense  Canada Verdun Juniors (QMJHL) &
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6 121 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet Right Wing  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 1144 440 512 952 2972 &
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7 141 Mormina, BobBob Mormina Forward  Canada Longueuil Chevaliers (QMJHL) &
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8 161 Eklund, PellePelle Eklund Center  Sweden AIK (Elitserien) 594 120 335 455 109 &
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9 181 Nichols, RobbieRobbie Nichols Right Wing  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL) &
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10 201 McCormack, BillBill McCormack Center  United States Westminster School (Conn.) &
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11 221 Jopling, BrianBrian Jopling Goaltender  United States Williston Northampton School (Mass.) &
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12 241 Duvall, HaroldHarold Duvall Left Wing  United States Belmont Hill School (Mass.) &
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Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Springfield Indians of the AHL[37][38] and the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL.[39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The alternate captain position was abolished from the 1975–76 season through the 1984–85 season.
  2. ^ Tied during the 1984–85 season.
  3. ^ Tied mark set during the 1982–83 season.
  4. ^ Tied mark set during the 1968–69, 1970–71, and 1982–83 seasons.
  5. ^ The trade was canceled after Gorence failed to make the Whalers out of training camp.[20] Gorence was released after being returned to the Flyers and later signed with the Edmonton Oilers on November 1.[20]
  6. ^ The Flyers traded their first-round pick, 20th overall, their third-round pick, 61st overall, Greg Adams, and Ken Linseman to the Hartford Whalers for Mark Howe and the Whalers' third-round pick, 44th overall, on August 20, 1982.[36]

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