1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season
|1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers|
|Goals for||290 (10th)|
|Goals against||297 (15th)|
|General Manager||Bob Clarke|
|Captain||Dave Poulin (Oct-Dec)[a]|
Ron Sutter (Dec-Apr)[a]
|Alternate captains||Mark Howe|
|Minor league affiliate(s)||Hershey Bears|
|Goals||Rick Tocchet (37)|
|Assists||Rick Tocchet (59)|
|Points||Rick Tocchet (96)|
|Penalty minutes||Craig Berube (291)|
|Plus/minus||Mark Howe (+22)|
|Wins||Ken Wregget (22)|
|Goals against average||Ken Wregget (3.42)|
The 1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 23rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1971–72 season and only the third time in franchise history.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Schedule and results
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Awards and records
- 5 Transactions
- 6 Draft picks
- 7 Farm teams
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
The 1989–90 season was one of the most turbulent in franchise history.
Goaltender Ron Hextall had to sit out the first 12-games of the schedule, sentenced after cementing his folk-hero status in the city by crowning Chris Chelios in the waning minutes of Game 6 of the Wales Conference Finals in May. Unfortunately, the layoff plus contract disputes cost him practice time in training camp, and he was felled by groin injuries three separate times during the season.
An ugly 1–6–1 start was reversed despite injuries to Hextall, Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, Mark Howe and others with the team atop the weakened Patrick Division after a win in Montreal just before Christmas.
Little used Tony Horacek posted a hat trick in a 6–3 win in Los Angeles over the Kings on December 30, but the team suffered through a dismal 10-game winless stretch thereafter (0–7–3) from December 31 through January 23. Previous inconsistent play plus the slide cost Dave Poulin his captaincy on December 15, then forced his trade to Boston for former Flyer Ken Linseman. The move did not work, and despite breaking the skid with an 8–6 win against the Jets, Holmgren accused his club of quitting during a 7–2 loss at Washington on January 28 - a defeat which put them three points behind the Capitals in last place.
Newly acquired back-up Pete Peeters had his only season highlight with a 3–0 shutout over Toronto on February 15, but he finished the season 1–13–5. On February 28 in Vancouver, the team was lucky to pull out a 7–7 tie after blowing a 5–2 first-period lead. In the interim, Wells was dealt to the Sabres for unknown winger and future NHL referee Kevin Maguire.
Following an inspired win in Calgary on March 1, Propp was traded to the Bruins, and a four-goal game by Mark Messier in a 5–3 loss to Edmonton two days later triggered a four-game losing streak. The nadir of the late-season collapse came on March 17 in Quebec, as the Flyers allowed three third-period goals to drop a 6–3 decision to the Nordiques (who went on to win all of 12 games that year). Inexplicably, with the Islanders and Penguins also taking late-season dives, the Flyers were still alive for the final playoff spot in the division.
A 5–3 home win over Pittsburgh on March 22 got the team within one point of fourth, but they limped to the end of the schedule with an 0–3–2 record. A 6–2 road loss to the Islanders on March 31 eliminated them from the postseason.
It marked the first time in franchise history that the team finished in last place in any division since its 1967 inception.
Among the bright spots, Tocchet led the team with 37 goals and 96 points. Seven players scored 20-or-more goals. Kerr was limited to 40 games but managed 24 goals and 48 points.
|New York Rangers||80||36||31||13||279||267||85|
|New Jersey Devils||80||37||34||9||295||288||83|
|New York Islanders||80||31||38||11||281||288||73|
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.
|1||p – Boston Bruins||ADM||80||46||25||9||289||232||101|
|5||New York Rangers||PTK||80||36||31||13||279||267||85|
|6||New Jersey Devils||PTK||80||37||34||9||295||288||83|
|8||New York Islanders||PTK||80||31||38||11||281||288||73|
Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy
Schedule and results
|1989–90 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Tie (1 point)
- Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
- = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
- = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Awards and records
|League (in-season)||NHL All-Star Game selection||Brian Propp[b]|||
|Team||Barry Ashbee Trophy||Gord Murphy|||
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Rick Tocchet|||
|Class Guy Award||Craig Berube|||
|Goals scored||Game||4[c]||Rick Tocchet||1/25/1990||Winnipeg Jets|||
The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 26, 1989, the day after the deciding game of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 24, 1990, the day of the deciding game of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals.
|July 21, 1989||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Winnipeg Jets
|August 28, 1989||To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Jiri Latal
|To Toronto Maple Leafs
7th-round pick in 1991
|September 8, 1989||To Philadelphia Flyers
5th-round pick in 1991
Philadelphia's 7th-round pick in 1991
|To Toronto Maple Leafs
|September 28, 1989||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Winnipeg Jets
|October 3, 1989||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Winnipeg Jets
Toronto's 5th-round pick in 1991
|January 5, 1990||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Edmonton Oilers
4th-round pick in 1990 or 1991[d]
|January 16, 1990||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Boston Bruins
|March 2, 1990||To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1990
|To Boston Bruins
|March 5, 1990||To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1990
|To Buffalo Sabres
4th-round pick in 1991
The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Term||Ref|
|June 12, 1989||Shawn Cronin||Washington Capitals|||
|June 16, 1989||Pete Peeters||Washington Capitals||2-year[e]|||
|June 30, 1989||Bruce Hoffort||Lake Superior State University (WCHA)||3-year|||
|July 12, 1989||Tim Tookey||Pittsburgh Penguins|||
|February 27, 1990||Len Barrie||Kamloops Blazers (WHL)|||
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.
|June 17, 1989||Pelle Eklund||3-year|||
|August 28, 1989||Jiri Latal (DP)|||
|September 11, 1989||Ken Wregget||1-year|||
|December 1, 1989||Mark Howe||3-year|||
|December 1, 1989||Derrick Smith||multi-year|||
|December 27, 1989||Steve Scheifele (DP)||multi-year|||
|March 5, 1990||Craig Fisher (DP)|||
The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions. They were involved in two selections during the 1989 NHL Waiver Draft, which was held on October 2, 1989. The Flyers left the following players unprotected: goaltender Marc D'Amour, defensemen David Fenyves, Steven Fletcher, Willie Huber, Moe Mantha, Scott Sandelin, John Stevens, and Mike Stothers, and forwards Ray Allison, Don Biggs, Brian Dobbin, Chris Jensen, Nick Kypreos, Don Nachbaur, Gord Paddock, Doug Sulliman, and Tim Tookey.
|October 2, 1989||Moe Mantha||to Winnipeg Jets[f]|||
|October 2, 1989||Nick Kypreos||to Washington Capitals[g]|||
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Ref|
|July 12, 1989||Al Hill||—||Retirement|||
|August 7, 1989||Al Secord||Chicago Blackhawks||Free agency|||
NHL Entry Draft
Philadelphia's picks at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on June 17, 1989. The Flyers' first-round pick, 12th overall, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with the Calgary Flames' first-round pick, 21st overall, for Ken Wregget on March 6, 1989. They also traded their third-round pick, 54th overall, and Greg Smyth to the Quebec Nordiques for Terry Carkner on July 25, 1988, their fourth-round pick, 75th overall, to the Minnesota North Stars for Gordie Roberts on February 9, 1988, and their fifth-round pick, 96th overall, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Al Secord on February 7, 1989.
|2||33||Greg Johnson||Center||Canada||Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL)|
|2||34||Patrik Juhlin||Left Wing||Sweden||Vasteras IK (Elitserien)||[h]|
|4||72||Reid Simpson||Left Wing||Canada||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)||[i]|
|6||117||Niklas Eriksson||Right Wing||Sweden||Leksands IF (Elitserien)|
|7||138||John Callahan||Center||United States||Belmont Hill School (Mass.)|
|8||159||Sverre Sears||Defense||United States||Belmont Hill School (Mass.)|
|9||180||Glen Wisser||Forward||United States||Philadelphia Junior Flyers (Jr. B)|
|10||201||Al Kummu||Defense||Canada||Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)|
|11||222||Matt Brait||Defense||United States||St. Michael's Buzzers (MetJHL)|
|12||243||James Pollio||Left Wing||United States||Vermont Academy (Vermont)|
NHL Supplemental Draft
|2||17||Jamie Baker||Defense||United States||University of Windsor (CIAU)|
- Poulin was replaced as captain by Sutter on December 15.
- Voted starting Left Wing
- Tied fifteen times by eight different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
- The Oilers had the choice of year. The Oilers chose the 1990 draft pick.
- Option for third year
- The Flyers received $5,000.
- The Flyers received $20,000.
- The Flyers traded Bob Froese to the New York Rangers for Kjell Samuelsson and Rangers' second-round pick, 34th overall, on December 18, 1986.
- The Flyers traded Gordie Roberts to the St. Louis Blues for the Blues' fifth-round pick, later upgraded to the Blues' fourth-round pick, 72nd overall, on March 8, 1988
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