1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers
Division4th Patrick
Conference7th Wales
1988–89 record36–36–8
Home record22–15–3
Road record14–21–5
Goals for307 (8th)
Goals against285 (7th)
Team information
PresidentJay Snider
General ManagerBob Clarke
CoachPaul Holmgren
CaptainDave Poulin
Alternate captainsMark Howe
Rick Tocchet
ArenaSpectrum
Average attendance17,405[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Hershey Bears
Team leaders
GoalsTim Kerr (48)
AssistsPelle Eklund (51)
PointsTim Kerr (88)
Penalty minutesJeff Chychrun (245)
Plus/minusRon Sutter (+25)
WinsRon Hextall (30)
Goals against averageRon Hextall (3.23)

The 1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 22nd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the Wales Conference Finals to the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

Regular season[edit]

With Mike Keenan's firing, the reins were handed off to Paul Holmgren,[2] who presided over a club in flux with young players promoted to larger roles. The defense underwent a major overhaul, as Brad Marsh was let go to Toronto, and Doug Crossman was dealt to Los Angeles for Jay Wells. Gord Murphy and Jeff Chychrun cracked the lineup on the back line as well.

Tim Kerr was fully healed from his shoulder surgeries and subsequent infections, while Rick Tocchet, Scott Mellanby, Murray Craven, Pelle Eklund and Peter Zezel were counted on to carry the offense. After a promising 5–1–0 start, a 4–15–1 slide cost Zezel his job, shipped off to St. Louis for Mike Bullard after Thanksgiving.

Following the deal, the Flyers went 13–2–1 to climb back over .500 and into solid playoff footing. However, youth and inconsistency constantly derailed much progress to the top of the standings, and the team never went higher than three games above even. Mark Laforest was replaced in March as backup by Maple Leafs castoff Ken Wregget with the team reeling.

On the last day of the season, they fell 6–5 in overtime to the Penguins and into fourth place, as Mario Lemieux scored into an empty net. If the Flyers had won using the extra attacker, they would have leapt over the Rangers into third place in the Patrick Division. Despite their mediocre record, their positive goal differential was a positive indicator that the team still had some life left.

The Flyers finished the regular season with the league's best power-play percentage, at 26.70% (98 for 367).[3]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

[4]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]

Facing the first-place Washington Capitals in the first round, the Flyers pulled off the upset in six games. Ron Hextall managed to score another empty-net goal in the waning moments of Game 5, becoming the first NHL goalie to score a goal in the playoffs. The Flyers then came back from a 3 games to 2 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games to make the Wales Conference Finals before bowing out to the Montreal Canadiens in six games. This would be the Flyers last playoff appearance until 1995.

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1988–89 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

1989 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring[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 Tim Kerr 29 RW 69 48 40 88 −4 73 19 14 11 25 1 27
22 Rick Tocchet 24 RW 66 45 36 81 −1 183 16 6 6 12 0 69
26 Brian Propp 29 LW 77 32 46 78 16 37 18 14 9 23 8 14
9 Pelle Eklund 25 LW 79 18 51 69 5 23 19 3 8 11 −4 2
19 Scott Mellanby 22 RW 76 21 29 50 −13 183 19 4 5 9 2 28
10 Mike Bullarddagger 27 C 54 23 26 49 1 60 19 3 9 12 0 32
14 Ron Sutter 25 C 55 26 22 48 25 80 19 1 9 10 5 51
29 Terry Carkner 22 D 78 11 32 43 −6 149 19 1 5 6 −1 28
2 Mark Howe 33 D 52 9 29 38 7 45 19 0 15 15 14 10
32 Murray Craven 24 LW 51 9 28 37 4 52 1 0 0 0 −1 0
20 Dave Poulin 30 C 69 18 17 35 4 49 19 6 5 11 5 16
3 Gord Murphy 21 D 75 4 31 35 −3 68 19 2 7 9 0 13
24 Derrick Smith 24 LW 74 16 14 30 −4 43 19 5 2 7 3 12
7 Jay Wells 29 D 67 2 19 21 −3 184 18 0 2 2 −1 51
25 Peter Zezeldouble-dagger 23 C 26 4 13 17 −13 15
28 Kjell Samuelsson 30 D 68 3 14 17 13 140 19 1 3 4 13 24
25 Keith Actondagger 30 C 25 3 10 13 1 64 16 2 3 5 0 18
15 Doug Sulliman 29 RW 52 6 6 12 −8 8 4 0 0 0 0 0
8 Moe Manthadagger 28 D 30 3 8 11 −5 33 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 Kerry Huffman 21 D 29 0 11 11 0 31
27 Ron Hextall 24 G 64 0 8 8 N/A 113 15 1 0 1 N/A 28
23 Ilkka Sinisalo 30 RW 13 1 6 7 6 2 8 1 1 2 −1 0
6 Jeff Chychrun 22 D 80 1 4 5 11 245 19 0 2 2 −3 65
33 Mark Laforest 26 G 17 0 4 4 N/A 4
21 Dave Browndouble-dagger 26 RW 53 1 1 2 −8 199
17 Craig Berube 23 LW 53 1 1 2 −15 199 16 0 0 0 0 56
10 Magnus Roupedouble-dagger 25 LW 7 1 1 2 1 10
21 Al Secorddagger 30 RW 20 1 0 1 −7 38 14 0 4 4 2 31
42 Don Nachbaur 30 C 15 1 0 1 −1 37
18 Brian Dobbin 22 RW 14 0 1 1 −6 8 2 0 0 0 0 17
37 Mark Freer 20 C 5 0 1 1 0 0
11 Glen Seabrooke 21 C 3 0 1 1 −1 0
39 David Fenyves 28 D 1 0 1 1 0 0
34 Jeff Harding 19 RW 6 0 0 0 1 29
35 Ken Wreggetdagger 24 G 3 0 0 0 N/A 0 5 0 0 0 N/A 16
49 Marc D'Amour 27 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltending[edit]

  • 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 GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI GP GS W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
27 Ron Hextall 24 64 63 30 28 6 1855 202 3.23 .891 0 3,755:46 15 15 8 7 445 49 3.32 .890 0 886:22
33 Mark Laforest 26 17 15 5 7 2 497 64 4.12 .871 0 932:48
35 Ken Wreggetdagger 24 3 2 1 1 0 73 13 6.01 .822 0 129:43 5 4 2 2 138 10 2.23 .928 0 268:28
49 Marc D'Amour 27 1 0 0 0 0 13 0 0.00 1.000 0 19:19

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Type Award/honor Recipient Ref
League (annual) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Tim Kerr [5]
League (in-season) NHL All-Star Game selection Rick Tocchet [6]
NHL Player of the Week Tim Kerr (February 27) [7]
Team Barry Ashbee Trophy Kjell Samuelsson [8]
Bobby Clarke Trophy Ron Hextall [8]
Class Guy Award Ron Sutter [8]

Records[edit]

  •  dagger  NHL record
  •  double-dagger  Tied for NHL record

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 1988–89 season
Record Type Total Player Date(s) Opponent Ref
Powerplay goals scored Game 3[a] Brian Propp 10/13/1988 Minnesota North Stars [9]
Games with a goal Streak 9 Rick Tocchet 3/1/1989 – 3/19/1989 [9]
Penalties in minutes by a goaltender Season 113dagger Ron Hextall [10]
Assists by a goaltender Season 8 Ron Hextall [10]
Points by a goaltender Season 8 Ron Hextall [10]
Goals scored Series 10 Tim Kerr Pittsburgh Penguins [11]
Points Series 15 Tim Kerr Pittsburgh Penguins [11]
Powerplay goals scored Series 5 Tim Kerr Pittsburgh Penguins [11]
Powerplay goals scored, playoffs Season 8 Tim Kerr [12]
Assists by a defenseman, playoffs Season 15 Mark Howe [13]
Goals scored by a goaltender, playoffs Season 1double-dagger Ron Hextall [14]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1988–89 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Player(s) Refs
Powerplay goals scored Game 6[b] 10/13/1988 Minnesota North Stars [15]
Fastest two goals Game 0:07[c] 12/27/1988 Washington Capitals Moe Mantha Jr. [16]
Ron Sutter
Fastest opening goal Game 0:08 3/7/1989 Edmonton Oilers Tim Kerr [16]
Fastest goal from start of period Game 0:08[d] 3/7/1989 Edmonton Oilers Tim Kerr [16]
Powerplay goals scored Season 98 [17]
Fewest shutouts Season 0[e] [18]
Fastest goal from start of period, playoffs Game 0:06double-dagger 4/25/1989 Pittsburgh Penguins Pelle Eklund [19][20]
Most goals against, playoffs Period 6[f] 4/25/1989 Pittsburgh Penguins [11]
Most goals against, playoffs Game 10[g] 4/25/1989 Pittsburgh Penguins [21]
Shorthanded goals scored, playoffs Season 8 [22]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 27, 1988, the day after the deciding game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 25, 1989, the day of the deciding game of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals.[23]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 21, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Stothers
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bill Root
[24]
July 25, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Terry Carkner
To Quebec Nordiques
Greg Smyth
3rd-round pick in 1989
[25]
September 1, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1990
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Wendell Young
7th-round pick in 1990
[26]
September 28, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Jensen
To New York Rangers
Michael Boyce
[27]
September 29, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jay Wells
To Los Angeles Kings
Doug Crossman
[28]
November 7, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Scott Sandelin
To Montreal Canadiens
J. J. Daigneault
[29]
November 29, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Bullard
To St. Louis Blues
Peter Zezel
[30]
December 8, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Moe Mantha
To Minnesota North Stars
Toronto's 5th-round pick in 1989
[31]
December 10, 1988 To Philadelphia Flyers
Steven Fletcher
To Winnipeg Jets
future considerations
[32]
February 7, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
Al Secord
To Toronto Maple Leafs
5th-round pick in 1989
[33]
February 7, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Acton
6th-round pick in 1991
To Edmonton Oilers
Dave Brown
[33]
March 6, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ken Wregget
To Toronto Maple Leafs
1st-round pick in 1989
Calgary's 1st-round pick in 1989
[34]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

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

Date Player Previous team (league) Term Ref
June 21, 1988 Jocelyn Perreault Sherbrooke Canadiens (AHL) [24]
September 30, 1988 Marc D'Amour Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL) [35]
May 16, 1989 Bill Armstrong Western Michigan University (CCHA) [36]

Internal[edit]

The following players were either re-signed by the Flyers or, in the case of the team's selections in the NHL Entry Draft, signed to contracts.

Date Player Term Ref
July 25, 1988 Terry Carkner 3-year [25]
September 1, 1988 Jeff Harding (DP) [26]
September 1, 1988 Bruce Rendall (DP) [26]
September 12, 1988 Scott Mellanby 3-year [37]
September 12, 1988 Rick Tocchet 4-year [37]
September 27, 1988 Claude Boivin (DP) [38]
October 24, 1988 Tim Kerr 4-year [39]
March 7, 1989 Murray Baron (DP) [40]
May 19, 1989 Ilkka Sinisalo 2-year [41]

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions. They were involved in two selections during the 1988 NHL Waiver Draft, which was held on October 3, 1988.[42][43] The Flyers left the following players unprotected: Don Biggs, Marc D'Amour, Warren Harper, Willie Huber, Chris Jensen, Mark Lofthouse, Gord Paddock, and Mike Stothers.[44]

Date Player Team Ref
October 3, 1988 Doug Sulliman[h] from New Jersey Devils [43]
October 3, 1988 Brad Marsh to Toronto Maple Leafs[i] [43]

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 Ref
June 21, 1988 Kevin McCarthy Retirement [24]
July 1988 Steve Smith Calgary Flames Free agency [45]
October 10, 1988 Nick Fotiu Edmonton Oilers Free agency [46]
1989 Magnus Roupe* Farjestads BK (Elitserien) Release [47]
N/A Willie Huber Retirement[j] [48]

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, on June 11, 1988.[49]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) Notes
1 14 Claude Boivin Left Wing  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
2 35 Pat Murray Left Wing  Canada Michigan State University (CCHA)
3 56 Craig Fisher Left Wing  Canada Oshawa Legionaires (MetJHL)
3 63 Dominic Roussel Goaltender  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL) [k]
4 77 Scott LaGrand Goaltender  United States Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
5 98 Edward O'Brien Left Wing  United States Cushing Academy (Massachusetts)
6 119 Gord Frantti Defense  United States Calumet High School (Mich.)
7 140 Jamie Cooke Right Wing  Canada Bramalea Blues (MetJHL)
8 161 Johan Salle Defense  Sweden Malmo IF (Elitserien)
9 182 Brian Arthur Defense  Canada Etobicoke Capitals (CJBHL)
10 203 Jeff Dandreta Right Wing  United States Cushing Academy (Massachusetts)
11 224 Scott Billey Right Wing  United States Madison Capitols (USHL)
12 245 Dragomir Kadlec Defense  Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava (TCH)

NHL Supplemental Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1988 NHL Supplemental Draft.[51][52]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league)
2 19 Paul Connell Goaltender  United States Bowling Green State University (CCHA)

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[53][54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tied four times by three different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
  2. ^ Tied mark set during the 1971–72 season.
  3. ^ Tied mark set during the 1986–87 season and subsequently tied during the 2012–13 season.
  4. ^ Tied mark previously set during the 1971–72 season.
  5. ^ Tied mark set during the 1981–82 season and subsequently tied during the 2010–11 season.
  6. ^ Tied mark set during the 1978–79 season.
  7. ^ Tied during the 2011–12 season.
  8. ^ The Flyers removed Brad Marsh from their protected list.
  9. ^ The Flyers received $2,500.
  10. ^ Huber held out and retired after the season.
  11. ^ The Flyers traded Brad McCrimmon to the Calgary Flames for the Flames' third-round pick, 63rd overall, and the Flames' 1989 first-round pick on August 26, 1987.[50]

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