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1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers season

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.

Regular season

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.

General manager Bob Clarke, having been with the Flyers organization since he was drafted in 1969, was fired and replaced by Russ Farwell.

Season standings

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 279 267 85
New Jersey Devils 80 37 34 9 295 288 83
Washington Capitals 80 36 38 6 284 275 78
New York Islanders 80 31 38 11 281 288 73
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 32 40 8 318 359 72
Philadelphia Flyers 80 30 39 11 290 297 71
[1]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.

Schedule and results

Regular season

1989–90 regular season

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

Player stats

Skaters

Note: Pos = Position (C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing); GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in minutes; = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only. = Left team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

# Player Age Pos GP G A P +/- PIM GP G A P +/- PIM
Regular season Playoffs
22 Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet 25 RW 75 37 59 96 4 196
32 Craven, MurrayMurray Craven 25 LW 76 25 50 75 2 42
10 Bullard, MikeMike Bullard 28 C 70 27 37 64 0 67
9 Eklund, PellePelle Eklund 26 LW 70 23 39 62 7 16
12 Kerr, TimTim Kerr 30 RW 40 24 24 48 -3 34
14 Sutter, RonRon Sutter 26 C 75 22 26 48 2 104
23 Sinisalo, IlkkaIlkka Sinisalo 31 RW 59 23 23 46 6 26
3 Murphy, GordGord Murphy 22 D 75 14 27 41 -7 95
26 Propp, BrianBrian Propp 30 LW 40 13 15 28 3 31
2 Howe, MarkMark Howe 34 D 40 7 21 28 22 24
25 Acton, KeithKeith Acton 31 C 69 13 14 27 -2 80
19 Mellanby, ScottScott Mellanby 23 RW 57 6 17 23 -4 77
28 Samuelsson, KjellKjell Samuelsson 31 D 66 5 17 22 20 91
29 Carkner, TerryTerry Carkner 23 D 63 4 18 22 -8 169
11 Latal, JiriJiri Latal 22 D 32 6 13 19 4 6
7 Wells, JayJay Wells 30 D 59 3 16 19 4 129
17 Berube, CraigCraig Berube 24 LW 74 4 14 18 -7 291
20 Poulin, DaveDave Poulin 31 C 28 9 8 17 5 12
18 Linseman, KenKen Linseman 31 C 29 5 9 14 -7 30
5 Huffman, KerryKerry Huffman 22 D 43 1 12 13 -3 34
21 Horacek, TonyTony Horacek 22 LW 48 5 5 10 6 117
24 Smith, DerrickDerrick Smith 25 LW 55 3 6 9 -15 32
6 Chychrun, JeffJeff Chychrun 23 D 79 2 7 9 -12 250
15 Sulliman, DougDoug Sulliman 30 RW 28 3 4 7 4 0
8 Baron, MurrayMurray Baron 22 D 16 2 2 4 -1 12
46 Biggs, DonDon Biggs 24 C 11 2 0 2 -4 8
18 Dobbin, BrianBrian Dobbin 23 RW 9 1 1 2 1 11
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 25 G 51 0 2 2 N/A 12
36 Lacombe, NormandNormand Lacombe 25 RW 18 0 2 2 0 7
20 Maguire, KevinKevin Maguire 27 RW 5 1 0 1 -1 6
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 32 G 24 0 1 1 N/A 2
42 Nachbaur, DonDon Nachbaur 31 C 2 0 1 1 1 0
26 Fenyves, DavidDavid Fenyves 29 D 12 0 0 0 -6 4
34 Harding, JeffJeff Harding 20 RW 9 0 0 0 -1 18
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 25 G 8 0 0 0 N/A 14
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 23 G 7 0 0 0 N/A 2
7 Fisher, CraigCraig Fisher 19 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
37 Freer, MarkMark Freer 21 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
47 Sabol, ShaunShaun Sabol 23 D 2 0 0 0 0 0
20 Barrie, LenLen Barrie 20 C 1 0 0 0 -2 0
45 Jensen, ChrisChris Jensen 26 RW 1 0 0 0 -1 2

Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average; MIN = Minutes played

# Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
35 Wregget, KenKen Wregget 25 51 22 24 3 0 169 .892 3.42 2961
33 Peeters, PetePete Peeters 32 24 1 13 5 1 72 .883 3.74 1140
27 Hextall, RonRon Hextall 25 8 4 2 1 0 29 .868 4.15 419
30 Hoffort, BruceBruce Hoffort 23 7 3 0 2 0 19 .874 3.65 329

Awards and records

Awards

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Brian Propp
Rick Tocchet
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Gord Murphy
Bobby Clarke Trophy Rick Tocchet
Class Guy Award Craig Berube

Transactions

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.

Trades

Date
Details
July 21, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Shawn Cronin
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
Mark Laforest
September 28, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Keith Acton
Pete Peeters
October 3, 1989 To Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Acton
Pete Peeters
To Winnipeg Jets
5th-round pick in 1991
future considerations
January 5, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
Normand Lacombe
To Edmonton Oilers
4th-round pick in 1990
January 16, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ken Linseman
To Boston Bruins
Dave Poulin
March 2, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 1990
To Boston Bruins
Brian Propp
March 5, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kevin Maguire
2nd-round pick in 1990
To Buffalo Sabres
Jay Wells
4th-round pick in 1991

Other transactions

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
June 12, 1989 Shawn Cronin Washington Capitals
June 17, 1989 Pete Peeters Washington Capitals
June 30, 1989 Bruce Hoffort Lake Superior State Lakers (WCHA) 3 years, $700,000
June 30, 1989 Tim Tookey Los Angeles Kings
February 28, 1990 Len Barrie Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Released
July 26, 1989 Al Secord
Lost on waivers
October 2, 1989 Moe Mantha Winnipeg Jets Waiver draft
October 2, 1989 Nick Kypreos Washington Capitals Waiver draft
Re-signed
June 17, 1989 Pelle Eklund 3 years
September 1, 1989 Jeff Harding
September 1, 1989 Bruce Rendall
December 1, 1989 Mark Howe 3 years, $1.9 million
Draft picks signed
August 27, 1989 Jiri Latal Dukla Trencin (Czech) Drafted 106th overall, 1985 (TOR)
January 8, 1990 Steve Scheifele Boston College Eagles (Hockey East) Drafted 125th overall, 1986
March 6, 1990 Craig Fisher Miami Redskins (CCHA) Drafted 56th overall, 1988

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.[2][3]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 33 Greg Johnson Center  Canada Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL)
2 34 Patrik Juhlin Left Wing  Sweden Vasteras IK (Elitserien)
4 72 Reid Simpson Left Wing  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
6 117 Niklas Eriksson Right Wing  Sweden Leksands IF (Elitserien)
7 138 Jack 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 Allen 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)
Sup 17 Jamie Baker Defense  United States Windsor Lancers (CIAU)

Farm teams

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[4][5]

References

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  • Game Scores & Results
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