2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers
Atlantic Division champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 3rd Eastern
2003–04 record 40–21–15–6
Home record 24–11–3–3
Road record 16–10–12–3
Goals for 229
Goals against 186
Team information
President Ron Ryan
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Keith Primeau
Alternate captains John LeClair
Mark Recchi
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,375[1]
Minor league affiliate(s) Philadelphia Phantoms
Trenton Titans
Team leaders
Goals Mark Recchi (26)
Assists Mark Recchi (49)
Points Mark Recchi (75)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (212)
Plus/minus John LeClair (+20)
Wins Robert Esche (21)
Goals against average Robert Esche (2.04)

The 2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 37th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers reached the Eastern Conference Finals but lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Regular season[edit]

Free-agent goaltender Jeff Hackett was signed from the Boston Bruins to replace Roman Cechmanek and challenge backup Robert Esche for the number one spot in 2003–04, but Hackett was forced to retire in February due to vertigo. During the course of the season, serious injuries suffered by both Jeremy Roenick (broken jaw) and Keith Primeau (concussion) in February forced the Flyers to trade for the Chicago Blackhawks' Alexei Zhamnov, who filled in well and kept the Flyers afloat. Esche entrenched himself as starter and remained in that position even after the Flyers re-acquired Sean Burke from the Phoenix Coyotes, as the Flyers clinched the Atlantic Division title over the New Jersey Devils on the last day of the season.

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[2]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
1 3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 40 21 15 6 229 186 101
2 6 New Jersey Devils 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
3 8 New York Islanders 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
4 13 New York Rangers 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
5 15 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 22 8 6 245 192 106
2 Y- Boston Bruins NE 82 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
3 Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 40 21 15 6 209 188 101
4 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
5 X- Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
6 X- New Jersey Devils AT 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
7 X- Montreal Canadiens NE 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 34 7 4 220 221 85
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 33 37 8 4 214 243 78
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 28 34 14 6 172 209 76
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 28 35 15 4 188 221 75
13 New York Rangers AT 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 23 46 10 3 186 253 59
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

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

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


Playoffs[edit]

Though solid in net, Esche's performance was over-shadowed by the play of captain Keith Primeau in the playoffs. Primeau led the Flyers past the defending Stanley Cup champion Devils in five, and the Toronto Maple Leafs in six on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals and a match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite winning Game 6 on the late-game heroics of Primeau and winger Simon Gagne, the Flyers would come up short once again losing Game 7 in Tampa, 2–1.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

2003 pre-season

Legend:   Win   Loss   Tie

Regular season[edit]

2003–04 regular season[4]

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

Playoffs[edit]

2004 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
8 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 35 LW 82 26 49 75 18 47 18 4 2 6 −3 4
26 Handzus, MichalMichal Handzus 26 C 82 20 38 58 18 82 18 5 5 10 7 7
10 LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair 34 LW 75 23 32 55 20 51 18 2 2 4 2 8
11 Amonte, TonyTony Amonte 33 RW 80 20 33 53 13 38 18 3 5 8 7 6
97 Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick 34 C 62 19 28 47 1 62 18 4 9 13 4 8
12 Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne 23 LW 80 24 21 45 12 29 18 5 4 9 10 12
5 Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson 27 D 80 13 29 42 16 26 15 2 6 8 −3 8
24 Kapanen, SamiSami Kapanen 30 RW 74 12 18 30 9 14 18 3 7 10 0 6
44 Pitkanen, JoniJoni Pitkanen 20 D 71 8 19 27 15 44 15 0 3 3 −6 6
14 Williams, JustinJustin Williamsdouble-dagger 22 RW 47 6 20 26 10 32
25 Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau 32 C 54 7 15 22 11 80 18 9 7 16 11 22
23 Zhamnov, AlexeiAlexei Zhamnovdagger 33 C 20 5 13 18 7 14 18 4 10 14 −1 8
28 Ragnarsson, MarcusMarcus Ragnarsson 32 D 70 7 9 16 12 58 14 1 4 5 3 14
20 Somik, RadovanRadovan Somik 26 LW 53 4 10 14 −2 17 10 1 1 2 1 4
87 Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear 32 LW 64 6 7 13 −1 212 18 1 3 4 0 61
37 Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins 34 D 48 1 11 12 11 28
6 Therien, ChrisChris Theriendouble-dagger 32 D 56 1 9 10 2 50
89 Comrie, MikeMike Comriedaggerdouble-dagger 23 C 21 4 5 9 2 12
2 Weinrich, EricEric Weinrichdouble-dagger 37 D 54 2 7 9 11 32
19 Radivojevic, BrankoBranko Radivojevicdagger 23 RW 24 1 8 9 0 36 18 1 1 2 −1 32
13 Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe 35 C 42 5 3 8 2 32 1 0 0 0 0 0
9, 32 Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharp 22 C 41 5 2 7 −3 55 12 1 0 1 −2 2
23 Vandermeer, JimJim Vandermeerdouble-dagger 23 D 23 3 2 5 −5 25
29 Fedoruk, ToddTodd Fedoruk 24 LW 49 1 4 5 −4 136 1 0 0 0 −2 2
55 Markov, DannyDanny Markovdagger 27 D 34 2 3 5 0 58 18 1 2 3 17 25
3 Timander, MattiasMattias Timanderdagger 29 D 34 1 4 5 13 19 18 2 4 6 2 6
19 Chouinard, EricEric Chouinarddouble-dagger 23 RW 17 3 0 3 −3 0
45 Slaney, JohnJohn Slaney 31 D 4 0 2 2 0 0
2 Malakhov, VladimirVladimir Malakhovdagger 35 D 6 0 1 1 −1 2 17 1 5 6 9 12
47 Law, KirbyKirby Law 26 RW 6 0 1 1 0 2
21 Kane, BoydBoyd Kane 25 LW 7 0 0 0 −4 7
33, 41 Burke, SeanSean Burkedagger 37 G 15 0 0 0 N/A 0 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
48 Meyer, FreddyFreddy Meyer 23 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
51 Jones, RandyRandy Jones 22 D 5 0 0 0 1 0
36 Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg 22 D 5 0 0 0 −4 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 23 G 3 0 0 0 N/A 0
35 Little, NeilNeil Little 32 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
22 Peluso, MikeMike Peluso 29 RW 1 0 0 0 0 0
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 26 G 40 0 0 0 N/A 31 18 0 0 0 N/A 8
15 White, PeterPeter White 34 C 3 0 0 0 −1 2
33 Hackett, JeffJeff Hackettdouble-dagger 35 G 27 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltenders[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 W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 26 40 21 11 7 3 79 .915 2.04 2322 17 11 7 1 41 .916 2.32 1060
33 Hackett, JeffJeff Hackettdouble-dagger 35 27 10 10 6 3 65 .905 2.39 1630
33, 41 Burke, SeanSean Burkedagger 37 15 6 5 2 1 35 .910 2.55 825 1 0 0 0 1 .889 1.50 40
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 23 3 3 0 0 0 3 .961 1.00 180
35 Little, NeilNeil Little 32 1 0 1 0 0 2 .750 3.64 33

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Notes Ref
NHL All-Rookie Team Joni Pitkanen (Defense) [5]
NHL Defensive Player of the Week Robert Esche (November 3) [6]
Robert Esche (March 15) [7]
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Ken Hitchcock (Coach) Assistant coach of Eastern Conference [8]
Keith Primeau
Jeremy Roenick
Team awards[9]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Kim Johnsson
Bobby Clarke Trophy Mark Recchi
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Robert Esche
Toyota Cup Mark Recchi
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Sami Kapanen

Records[edit]

  •  dagger  NHL record

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 2003–04 season
Record Type Total Player Ref
Highest plus-minus, playoffs Season +17 Danny Markov [10]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 2003–04 season
Record Type Total Date(s) Opponent Refs
Penalties in minutes Period 209dagger 3/5/2004 Ottawa Senators [11]
Penalties in minutes Game 213dagger 3/5/2004 Ottawa Senators [12]

Milestones[edit]

Individual career milestones[13]
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
25th shutout Jeff Hackett Stopped all 27 shots against the San Jose Sharks October 16, 2003 [14]
500th game played Jeff Hackett January 13, 2004
1,000th game played Tony Amonte March 5, 2004

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 10, 2003, the day after the deciding game of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 7, 2004, the day of the deciding game of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.[15]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 22, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2004
To Carolina Hurricanes
Marty Murray
[16]
June 22, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2004
To San Jose Sharks
7th-round pick in 2003
[16]
June 22, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2004
To Florida Panthers
7th-round pick in 2003
[16]
June 22, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
7th-round pick in 2004
9th-round pick in 2004
To Tampa Bay Lightning
8th-round pick in 2003
9th-round pick in 2003
[16]
June 30, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
conditional 7th-round pick in 2004[a]
To Washington Capitals
rights to Dmitri Yushkevich
[17]
December 16, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Comrie
To Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Woywitka
1st-round pick in 2004
3rd-round pick in 2005
[18]
December 17, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
5th-round pick in 2004
To Minnesota Wild
Eric Chouinard
[19]
January 20, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Danny Markov
To Carolina Hurricanes
Justin Williams
[20]
January 22, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mattias Timander
To New York Islanders
Tampa Bay's 7th-round pick in 2004
[21]
February 9, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
5th-round pick in 2004
To St. Louis Blues
Eric Weinrich
[22]
February 9, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Sean Burke
Branko Radivojevic
rights to Ben Eager
To Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Comrie
[22]
February 16, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Gainey
To Dallas Stars
Mike Siklenka
[23]
February 19, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Alexei Zhamnov
Washington's 4th-round pick in 2004
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jim Vandermeer
rights to Colin Fraser
Los Angeles' 2nd-round pick in 2004
[24]
March 8, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Vladimir Malakhov
To New York Rangers
rights to Rick Kozak
2nd-round pick in 2005
[25]
March 8, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix's 8th-round pick in 2004
3rd-round pick in 2005
To Dallas Stars
Chris Therien
[25]

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 Ref
July 1, 2003 Jeff Hackett Boston Bruins 2 years, $6 million [26]
July 14, 2003 Boyd Kane Tampa Bay Lightning * [27]
July 24, 2003 Mark Murphy Washington Capitals 1 year* [28]
July 24, 2003 Mike Peluso Chicago Blackhawks 1 year* [28]
October 21, 2003 Steve Webb New York Islanders 1 year* [29]

Re-signed[edit]

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

Date Player Contract details Notes Ref
June 10, 2003 Eric Chouinard 2 years [30]
June 10, 2003 Sami Kapanen 2 years [31]
June 30, 2003 Eric Desjardins 3 years, $11 million Third year is player option [17]
June 30, 2003 Claude Lapointe 2 years, $2 million [17]
July 14, 2003 Mike Siklenka * [27]
July 14, 2003 Peter Vandermeer * [27]
July 14, 2003 Peter White * [27]
July 30, 2003 Radovan Somik 2 years [32]
July 30, 2003 Justin Williams 1 year, $1.072 million [32]
December 19, 2003 Mike Comrie 1 year, $1.45 million Acquired in December 16 trade [33]

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 Ref
July 14, 2003 Mathieu Brunelle Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 2002 7th-round pick [27]
July 14, 2003 Joey Hope Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) Undrafted free agent [27]
July 15, 2003 Joni Pitkanen Karpat (SM-liiga) 2002 1st-round pick 3 years, $3.555 million [34]
July 24, 2003 Randy Jones Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC) Undrafted free agent 2 years [28]
March 20, 2004 Stephen Wood Providence College (Hockey East) Undrafted free agent [35]
April 7, 2004 Ben Eager Oshawa Generals (OHL) 2002 1st-round pick (Phoenix) 3 years [36]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 2003 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 3, 2003.[37][38] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[37] First-year professional players were exempt.[37]

The Flyers protected the following players:[39] goaltenders Robert Esche and Jeff Hackett, defensemen Eric Desjardins, Kim Johnsson, Marcus Ragnarsson, John Slaney, and Eric Weinrich, and forwards Tony Amonte, Donald Brashear, Eric Chouinard, Todd Fedoruk, Simon Gagne, Michal Handzus, Sami Kapanen, Claude Lapointe, John LeClair, Keith Primeau, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, and Justin Williams.

The Flyers left the following players unprotected:[39] goaltender Neil Little, defenseman Chris Therien, and forwards Boyd Kane, Kirby Law, Ian MacNeil, Mark Murphy, Mike Peluso, Andre Savage, Mike Siklenka, Pete Vandermeer, and Peter White.

Selections involving the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2003 NHL Waiver Draft[37]
Round Player Selected by Selected from
4 Mike Siklenka New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from Ref
October 22, 2003 Steve Webb Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers [40]
November 5, 2003 Mike Siklenka Philadelphia Flyers New York Rangers [41]

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 8, 2003 Jamie Wright Edmonton Oilers Free agency [42]
October 3, 2003 Ryan Bast Alaska Aces (ECHL) Free agency [43]
N/A David Harlock Retirement No official announcement [44]
N/A Joe Sacco Retirement No official announcement [45]
October 22, 2003 Brad Tiley Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Free agency [46]
February 9, 2004 Jeff Hackett* Retirement [22]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nasvhille, Tennessee, on June 21–22, 2003.[47] The Flyers traded their originally allotted second, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, and ninth-round draft picks in five different trades.[48]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003 and their NHL career regular season statistics (complete through the end of the 2016–17 season)
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA Notes
1 11 Carter, JeffJeff Carter Center  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 877 339 311 650 453 &
&
&
&
[b]
1 24 Richards, MikeMike Richards Center  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 749 181 306 487 585 &
&
&
&
3 69 Fraser, ColinColin Fraser Center  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 359 20 38 58 290 &
&
&
&
[c]
3 81 Ruzicka, StefanStefan Ruzicka Right Wing  Slovakia MHC Nitra (Slovakia) 55 4 13 17 47 &
&
&
&
[d]
3 85 Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard Defense  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 253 19 50 69 86 &
&
&
&
[e]
3 87 Potulny, RyanRyan Potulny Center  United States Lincoln Stars (USHL) 126 22 27 49 54 &
&
&
&
[f]
3 95 Kozak, RickRick Kozak Right Wing  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
4 108 Romy, KevinKevin Romy Center   Switzerland Geneve-Servette HC (NLA) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[g]
5 140 Tremblay, DavidDavid Tremblay Goaltender  Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[h]
6 191 Beauchemin, RejeanRejean Beauchemin Goaltender  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
6 193 Hostikka, VilleVille Hostikka Goaltender  Finland SaiPa Jrs. (FIN) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[i]

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL[49][50] and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[51]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Condition not met.
  2. ^ The Phoenix Coyotes' first-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of a July 1, 2001 trade that sent Daymond Langkow to the Coyotes in exchange for a 2002 second-round pick and this pick.[48]
  3. ^ The Carolina Hurricanes' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of a June 22, 2002 trade that sent a 2002 third-round pick to the Hurricanes in exchange for a 2002 sixth-round pick and this pick.[48]
  4. ^ The New York Rangers' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of an August 20, 2001 trade that sent Eric Lindros to the Rangers in exchange for Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl, Jan Hlavac and this pick.[48]
  5. ^ Compensatory pick received from NHL as compensation for Group III free agent Adam Oates.[48]
  6. ^ The Edmonton Oilers' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of a June 18, 2002 trade that sent Jiri Dopita to the Oilers in exchange for this pick.[48]
  7. ^ Compensatory pick received from NHL as compensation for Group III free agent Luke Richardson.[48]
  8. ^ The Columbus Blue Jackets' fifth-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of a June 23, 2002 trade that sent a 2002 sixth round pick and a 2002 seventh round pick to the Blue Jackets in exchange for this pick.[48]
  9. ^ The Colorado Avalanche's sixth-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as a result of a February 5, 2003 trade that sent Chris McAllister to the Avalanche in exchange for this pick.[48]

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