2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 15th Eastern
2003–04 record 23-47-8-4
Goals for 190
Goals against 303
Team information
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Ed Olczyk
Captain Mario Lemieux
Arena Mellon Arena
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Malone (22)
Assists Dick Tarnstrom (36)
Points Dick Tarnstrom (52)
Penalties in minutes Brooks Orpik (127)
Plus/minus Rob Scuderi (2)
Wins Sebastien Caron (9)
Goals against average Jean-Sebastien Aubin (2.98)

The 2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 37th season of play. For the third season in a row, the club placed last in the Atlantic Division and did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. In an 18-game losing streak, they went 0–17–1 (one overtime loss). In the first 62 games, they were 11–42–5–4 for 31 points. In their final 20 games, they were 12–5–3–0, ultimately finishing with a 23–47–8–4 record for a last place finish.

Offseason[edit]

Head Coach Rick Kehoe resigned as coach during the off-season, where former team broadcaster Ed Olczyk was hired as his replacement.

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins struggled defensively, finishing 30th overall in the NHL in goals allowed, with 303. They struggled in short-handed situations, allowing the most power-play goals in the League, with 84, and finishing 30th overall in penalty-kill percentage, at 77.24%. Furthermore, they allowed the most short-handed goals in the NHL, with 15.[1]

Final 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


Schedule and results[edit]

2003–2004 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT Loss           = Tie

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Caron, SebastienSebastien Caron 40 37 2212:35 9 24 5 138 3.74 1179 0.883 1 0 0 6
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 22 17 1067:03 7 9 0 53 2.98 574 0.908 1 0 0 2
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 21 20 1154:02 4 14 2 70 3.64 675 0.896 1 0 0 0
Chiodo, AndyAndy Chiodo 8 8 485:37 3 4 1 28 3.46 260 0.892 0 0 0 0
Brochu, MartinMartin Brochu 1 0 32:40 0 0 0 1 1.84 19 0.947 0 0 0 0
Total 82 4951:57 23 51 8 290 3.51 2707 0.893 3 0 0 8

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.

Awards and records[edit]

Player Award
Kelly Buchberger Player's Player Award
Rico Fata Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Mario Lemieux Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
Ryan Malone A.T. Caggiano Booster Club Award
Michel Briere Memorial Rookie of the Year Award
Steve McKenna Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Brooks Orpik Baz Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award
Dick Tarnstrom Leading Point Scorer Award
Most Valuable Player Award
Landon Wilson Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee

The team also set the NHL record for longest home losing streak, with 14 home losses.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 2003–04 season:[6]

Trades[edit]

August 25, 2003 To Vancouver Canucks

Johan Hedberg

To Pittsburgh Penguins

2004 2nd round pick

November 30, 2003 To Los Angeles Kings

Martin Straka

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Sergei Anshakov
Martin Strbak

December 31, 2003 To Edmonton Oilers

Mike Moller

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Pat Hughes

February 10, 2004 To Columbus Blue Jackets

Brendan Buckley

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Pauli Levokari

February 11, 2004 To Toronto Maple Leafs

Drake Berehowsky

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Richard Jackman

February 22, 2004 To Phoenix Coyotes

future considerations

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Landon Wilson

March 8, 2004 To New York Islanders

Steve Webb

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Alain Nasreddine

March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks

Marc Bergevin

To Pittsburgh Penguins

2004 7th round pick

March 9, 2004 To Columbus Blue Jackets

Brian Holzinger

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Lasse Pirjeta

Personnel[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
19 Canada Abid, RamziRamzi Abid LW L 24 2000 Montreal, Quebec
30 Canada Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin G R 26 1995 Montreal, Quebec
16 Canada Beech, KrisKris Beech C L 23 1999 Salmon Arm, British Columbia
5 Canada Boileau, PatrickPatrick Boileau D R 29 1993 Montreal, Quebec
8 Canada Bradley, MattMatt Bradley RW R 25 1996 Stittsville, Ontario
50 Canada Brochu, MartinMartin Brochu G L 31 Undrafted Anjou, Quebec
7 Canada Buchberger, KellyKelly Buchberger RW L 37 1985 Langenburg, Saskatchewan
31 Canada Caron, SebastienSebastien Caron G L 23 1999 Amqui, Quebec
40 Canada Chiodo, AndyAndy Chiodo G L 21 2003 Toronto, Ontario
20 Canada Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C R 36 1987 Ottawa, Ontario
9 Canada Fata, RicoRico Fata LW L 24 1998 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
29 Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury G L 19 2003 Sorel, Quebec
4 Canada Focht, DanDan Focht D L 26 1996 Regina, Saskatchewan
49 United States Hussey, MattMatt Hussey C L 25 1998 New Haven, Connecticut
55 Canada Jackman, RichardRichard Jackman D R 25 1996 Toronto, Ontario
71 Belarus Koltsov, KonstantinKonstantin Koltsov LW L 23 1999 Minsk, Belarus
36 Canada Kostopoulos, TomTom Kostopoulos RW R 25 1999 Mississauga, Ontario
14 Czech Republic Kraft, MilanMilan Kraft C R 24 1998 Plzeň, Czech Republic
66 Canada Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C R 38 1984 Montreal, Quebec
12 United States Malone, RyanRyan Malone LW L 24 1999 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Canada McKenna, SteveSteve McKenna LW L 30 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
2 Czech Republic Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar D L 25 1997 Ceské Budějovice, Czech Republic
72 Canada Meloche, EricEric Meloche RW R 28 1996 Montreal, Quebec
95 Russia Morozov, AlekseyAleksey Morozov RW L 27 1995 Moscow, Russia
22 United States Murley, MattMatt Murley LW L 24 1999 Troy, New York
44 United States Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik D L 23 2000 San Francisco, California
11 Finland Pirjeta, LasseLasse Pirjeta LW L 30 2002 Oulu, Finland
45 United States Scuderi, RobRob Scuderi D L 25 1998 Syosset, New York
39 Canada Sim, JonJon Sim LW L 26 1996 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
33 Canada Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW L 35 1989 Flin Flon, Manitoba
6 Slovakia Strbak, MartinMartin Strbak D L 29 1993 Prešov, Slovakia
43 Slovakia Surovy, TomasTomas Surovy LW L 22 2001 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
32 Sweden Tarnstrom, DickDick Tarnstrom D L 29 1994 Sundbyberg, Sweden
26 United States Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW R 29 1993 St. Louis, Missouri

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh had 11 picks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.[26]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1[a] Marc-Andre Fleury Goaltender  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2 32 Ryan Stone Center  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 70 Jonathan Filewich Right Winger  Canada Prince George Cougars (WHL)
3 73[b] Daniel Carcillo Left Winger  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 121[c] Paul Bissonnette Defence  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
5 161[d] Evgeni Isakov Left Wing  Russia Severstal Cherepovets (RUS)
6 169 Lukas Bolf Defence  Czech Republic Sparta Praha (CZE JR.)
7 199 Andy Chiodo Goaltender  Canada Toronto St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
7 229[e] Stephen Dixon Center  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
8 232 Joe Jensen Center  United States St. Cloud State University (WCHA)
9 263 Matt Moulson Left Wings  Canada Cornell University (ECAC)
Draft notes[27]
  • a The Florida Panthers' first-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 first-round pick and a 2003 second round pick to the Panthers in exchange for a 2003 third-round pick and this pick.
  • The Penguins' first-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 first-round pick and a 2003 third-round pick to the Penguins in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson, a 2003 first-round pick and this pick.
  • The Penguins' third-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent a 2003 first-round pick and a 2003 third-round pick to the Penguins in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson, a 2003 first-round pick and this pick.
  • b The Florida Panthers' third-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a June 21, 2003 trade that sent Mikael Samuelsson, a 2003 first-round pick and a 2003 second round pick to the Panthers in exchange for a 2003 first-round pick and this pick.
  • The Penguins' fourth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets as the result of a March 15, 2002 trade that sent Jamie Pushor to the Penguins in exchange for this pick.
  • c The Boston Bruins' fourth-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a March 11, 2003 trade that sent Ian Moran the Bruins in exchange for this pick.
  • The Penguins' fifth-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a February 9, 2003 trade that sent Shawn Heins to the Penguins in exchange for this conditional pick.
  • d The New York Islanders' fifth-round pick (from Philadelphia Flyers) went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a March 9, 2003 trade that sent Randy Robitaille the Islanders in exchange for this pick.
  • e The New Jersey Devils' seventh-round pick went to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result of a March 19, 2002 trade that sent Stephane Richer to the Devils in exchange for this pick.

Farm teams[edit]

The AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished third in the East Division with a 34–28–10–8 record. They defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Philadelphia Phantoms and the Hartford Wolf Pack to win the Richard F. Canning Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions. They were swept by the Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup Finals.

The ECHL's Wheeling Nailers won the Northern Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 51–17–4. They lost to the Reading Royals in the first round of the playoffs. Pat Bingham won the John Brophy Award as the ECHL's coach of the year.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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