1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 5th Patrick
Conference 8th Wales
1990–91 record 33–37–10
Home record 18–16–6
Road record 15–21–4
Goals for 252 (16th)
Goals against 267 (11th)
Team information
President Jay Snider
General Manager Russ Farwell
Coach Paul Holmgren
Captain Ron Sutter
Alternate captains Mark Howe
Rick Tocchet
Arena Spectrum
Average attendance 17,342[1]
Minor league affiliate(s) Hershey Bears
Team leaders
Goals Rick Tocchet (40)
Assists Pelle Eklund (50)
Points Rick Tocchet (71)
Penalties in minutes Craig Berube (293)
Plus/minus Mark Howe (+9)
Wins Ron Hextall (13)
Goals against average Pete Peeters (2.88)

The 1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 24th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Off-season[edit]

After firing general manager Bob Clarke on April 16, 1990,[2] Russ Farwell was hired to replace him on June 6.[3] Farwell had spent the previous two seasons as the general manager of the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Rick Tocchet scored 40 goals and Pelle Eklund recorded 50 assists. However, Ron Hextall continued to be hampered by injuries during the 1990–91 season. He only played in 36 games and as a result the Flyers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, finishing fifth in the division and three points short of a playoff spot after a late-season collapse.

Despite scoring the fewest short-handed goals (2) and allowing the most short-handed goals (16), the Flyers finished 7th out of 21 teams in power-play percentage, with 20.12% (68 for 338).[4]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 41 33 6 342 305 88
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 297 265 85
Washington Capitals 80 37 36 7 258 258 81
New Jersey Devils 80 32 33 15 272 264 79
Philadelphia Flyers 80 33 37 10 252 267 76
New York Islanders 80 25 45 10 223 290 60

[5]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.

Wales Conference[6]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Boston Bruins ADM 80 44 24 12 299 264 100
2 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 39 30 11 273 249 89
3 Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 80 41 33 6 342 305 88
4 New York Rangers PTK 80 36 31 13 297 265 85
5 Washington Capitals PTK 80 37 36 7 258 258 81
6 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 31 30 19 292 278 81
7 New Jersey Devils PTK 80 32 33 15 272 264 79
8 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 80 33 37 10 252 267 76
9 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 31 38 11 238 276 73
10 New York Islanders PTK 80 25 45 10 223 290 60
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 16 50 14 236 354 46

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1990–91 regular season

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

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
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
22 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet 26 RW 70 40 31 71 2 150
9 Eklund, PellePelle Eklund 27 C 73 19 50 69 −2 14
32 Craven, MurrayMurray Craven 26 LW 77 19 47 66 −2 53
14 Sutter, RonRon Sutter 27 C 80 17 28 45 2 92
3 Murphy, GordGord Murphy 23 D 80 11 31 42 −7 58
18 Ricci, MikeMike Ricci 19 C 68 21 20 41 −8 64
19 Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby 24 RW 74 20 21 41 8 155
25 Acton, KeithKeith Acton 32 C 76 14 23 37 −9 131
29 Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner 24 D 79 7 25 32 −15 204
20 Lacombe, NormandNormand Lacombe 26 RW 74 11 20 31 −1 27
28 Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson 32 D 78 9 19 28 4 82
11 Latal, JiriJiri Latal 23 D 50 5 21 26 −19 14
12 Kerr, TimTim Kerr 31 RW 27 10 14 24 −8 8
24 Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith 26 LW 72 11 10 21 0 37
10 Kushner, DaleDale Kushner 24 RW 63 7 11 18 −4 195
17 Berube, CraigCraig Berube 25 LW 74 8 9 17 −6 293
8 Baron, MurrayMurray Baron 23 D 67 8 8 16 −3 74
26 Hostak, MartinMartin Hostak 23 C 50 3 10 13 1 22
2 Howe, MarkMark Howe 35 D 19 0 10 10 9 8
21 Horacek, TonyTony Horacek 23 LW 34 3 6 9 6 49
6 Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun 24 D 36 0 6 6 1 105
39 Fenyves, DavidDavid Fenyves 30 D 40 1 4 5 1 28
45 Jensen, ChrisChris Jensen 27 RW 18 2 1 3 −5 2
23 Murray, PatPat Murray 21 LW 16 2 1 3 −5 15
41 Pederson, MarkMark Pedersondagger 23 LW 12 2 1 3 −8 5
5 Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman 23 D 10 1 2 3 1 10
50 Sandelin, ScottScott Sandelin 26 D 15 0 3 3 −3 0
36 Rumble, DarrenDarren Rumble 22 D 3 1 0 1 1 0
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 26 G 36 0 1 1 N/A 10
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 33 G 26 0 1 1 N/A 14
46 Daniels, KimbiKimbi Daniels 19 C 2 0 1 1 −2 0
58 Armstrong, BillBill Armstrong 24 C 1 0 1 1 1 0
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 26 G 30 0 0 0 N/A 6
15 Fisher, CraigCraig Fisher 20 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 24 G 2 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 26 36 13 16 5 0 106 .892 3.13 2035
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 26 30 10 14 3 0 88 .867 3.56 1484
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 33 26 9 7 1 1 61 .902 2.88 1270
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 24 2 1 0 1 0 3 .850 4.62 39

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Notes Ref
NHL Player of the Month Pete Peeters (November) [7]
NHL Player of the Week Ken Wregget (October 22) [8]
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Rick Tocchet Voted starting Wing [9][10]
Team awards[11]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Kjell Samuelsson
Bobby Clarke Trophy Pelle Eklund
Class Guy Award Gord Murphy

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1990–91 season
Record Type Total Refs
Fewest shorthanded goals scored Season 2 [12]
Most shorthanded goals allowed Season 16 [13]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 25, 1990, the day after the deciding game of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 25, 1991, the day of the deciding game of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals.[14]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 16, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1990
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kevin Maguire
8th-round pick in 1991
[15]
March 5, 1991 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Pederson
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 1991
[16]

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 1, 1990 Rod Dallman New York Islanders [17]
August 1, 1990 Dale Kushner New York Islanders [17]
September 5, 1990 Lance Pitlick Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) [18]

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers.

Date Player Contract details Notes Ref
August 1, 1990 Brian Dobbin [17]
August 1, 1990 Mark Freer [17]
August 1, 1990 Tony Horacek [17]
September 14, 1990 Ron Hextall 5 years, $3.5 million Option for sixth year [7][19]
September 14, 1990 Rick Tocchet 4 years Option for fifth year [19]
November 29, 1990 Ken Wregget 1 year, $300,000 Arbitration award [20]
May 2, 1991 Pelle Eklund 3 years [21]
May 14, 1991 Jiri Latal multi-year [22]

Draft picks[edit]

The Flyers signed the following of their draft picks.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
August 28, 1990 Martin Hostak HC Sparta Praha (Czech) 1987 3rd-round pick 2 years [23][24]
September 4, 1990 Mike Ricci Peterborough Petes (OHL) 1990 1st-round pick [25]
September 5, 1990 Pat Murray Michigan State Spartans (CCHA) 1988 2nd-round pick [18]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 1990 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 1, 1990.[26] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[26] First-year professional players were exempt.[26] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[26]

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
July 3, 1990 Ilkka Sinisalo Minnesota North Stars Free agency [27]
July 16, 1990 John Stevens Hartford Whalers Free agency [28]
August 29, 1990 Doug Sulliman Retirement Named assistant coach with New Jersey Devils [29]
September 4, 1990 Ken Linseman Edmonton Oilers Free agency [30]

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 16, 1990.[31] The Flyers traded their fourth-round pick, 67th overall, to the Edmonton Oilers for Normand Lacombe on January 5, 1990.[32]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA Notes
1 4 Ricci, MikeMike Ricci Center  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL) 1099 243 362 605 974 &
&
&
&
2 25 Simon, ChrisChris Simon Left Wing  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL) 782 144 161 305 1824 &
&
&
&
2 40 Renberg, MikaelMikael Renberg Right Wing  Sweden Luleå HF (Elitserien) 661 190 274 464 372 &
&
&
&
[a]
2 42 Sandwith, TerranTerran Sandwith Defense  Canada Tri-City Americans (USHL) 8 0 0 0 6 &
&
&
&
[b]
3 44 Daniels, KimbiKimbi Daniels Center  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 27 1 2 3 4 &
&
&
&
[c]
3 46 Armstrong, BillBill Armstrong Defense  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
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&
3 47 Therien, ChrisChris Therien Defense  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL) 764 29 130 159 585 &
&
&
&
[d]
3 52 Kinisky, AlAl Kinisky Defense  United States Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[e]
5 88 Kordic, DanDan Kordic Defense  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) 197 4 8 12 584 &
&
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&
6 109 Butsayev, VyacheslavVyacheslav Butsayev Center  Russia CSKA Moscow (RUS) 132 17 26 43 133 &
&
&
&
8 151 Englund, PatricPatric Englund Left Wing  Sweden AIK (Elitserien) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
9 172 Porkka, ToniToni Porkka Defense  Finland Lukko Rauma (SM-liiga) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
10 193 Hanson, GregGreg Hanson Defense  United States Bloomington Kennedy High School (Minn.) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
11 214 Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom Goaltender  Sweden Djurgardens IF (Elitserien) 156 0 2 2 13 45 69 19 3.63
12 235 Lund, BillyBilly Lund Center  United States Roseau High School (Minn.) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&

NHL Supplemental Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1990 NHL Supplemental Draft on June 15, 1990.[33][34]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 Supplemental Draft and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 4 Steve Beadle Defense  United States Michigan State Spartans (CCHA)
2 9 Ray Letourneau Goaltender  United States Yale Bulldogs (ECAC)

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[35][36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Flyers traded Jay Wells and their 1991 fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Kevin Maguire and the Sabres' second-round pick, 40th overall, on March 5, 1990.[32]
  2. ^ The Flyers traded Brian Propp to the Boston Bruins for the Bruins' second-round pick, 42nd overall, on March 2, 1990.[32]
  3. ^ The Flyers traded Darren Jensen and Daryl Stanley to the Vancouver Canucks for Wendell Young and Canucks' third-round pick, 44th overall, on August 31, 1987.[32]
  4. ^ The Flyers traded Wendell Young and their seventh-round pick, 130th overall, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins' third-round pick, 47th overall, on September 1, 1989.[32]
  5. ^ The Flyers traded Kevin Maguire and their 1991 eighth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Maple Leafs' third-round pick, 52nd overall, on June 16, 1990.[32]

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