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1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers season

The 1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 27th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). For the fifth consecutive season, the Flyers failed to make the playoffs.

Off-season

For 1993–94, Terry Simpson was hired as the new head coach in hopes that the Flyers would finally return to playoff contention after four consecutive off-years. Jay Snider stepped down as President, forcing his father Ed Snider to take over day-to-day operations. Mike Eaves was hired to replace Ken Hitchcock, who left to become the head coach of the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, as an assistant coach. Simpson named Kevin Dineen captain, and made Eric Lindros an alternate captain to groom him for a leadership role.

Regular season

This season began on a brighter note, as the club raced out to an 11–3–0 record. A loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens on November 6 signaled a sharp downturn, however. Lindros went down with his second knee injury in as many years and soon after, the Penguins routed the Flyers 11–5 in Pittsburgh.

Other lowlights on the slide included a 6–0 loss in Calgary, and an 8–0 defeat in the club's first-ever road game against the Dallas Stars in early January. Lindros netted an impressive hat trick in an 8–3 win over the Blues later in the month, but an 0–6–1 slide placed the team out of playoff contention.

Despite Simpson's efforts to employ a defensive system akin to the yet-to-be unleashed neutral zone trap, the team continued to crack with Dominic Roussel and Tommy Soderstrom in net. Soderstrom struggled with heart ailments and bad luck all season, winning just six games. After climbing within three points of eighth-seeded Washington in late March, the Flyers finished the year 2–5–3 and rested in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the expansion Florida Panthers.

Mark Recchi recorded 107 points (40 goals, 67 assists) and Lindros 97 (44 goals, 53 assists). Rod Brind'Amour improved with another 97 (35 goals, 62 assists) and Mikael Renberg set a Flyers rookie record with 82 points. Philadelphia had the best shooting percentage of all 26 teams, scoring 294 goals on only 2,409 shots (12.2%).[1] Offense was generated as the Flyers had four 30-goal scorers for the second-straight season[2] and averaged 3.5 goals per game, but they still failed to clinch a playoff berth, again falling four points short of the final playoff spot.

After the season, the elder Snider had decided he had seen enough of Russ Farwell as GM, and began courting Bob Clarke to leave his GM post with the Florida Panthers to return to Philadelphia. Farwell's last move as GM was firing Simpson after a lackluster season.

Season standings

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 z-New York Rangers 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
2 3 New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
3 7 Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
4 8 New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
5 9 Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
6 10 Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
7 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71

[3] Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results

Regular season

1993–94 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; Bold denotes franchise record; = 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
8 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 25 RW 84 40 67 107 -2 46
88 Lindros, EricEric Lindros 20 C 65 44 53 97 16 103
17 Brind'Amour, RodRod Brind'Amour 23 C 84 35 62 97 -9 85
19 Renberg, MikaelMikael Renberg 21 RW 83 38 44 82 8 36
3 Galley, GarryGarry Galley 30 D 81 10 60 70 -11 91
29 Racine, YvesYves Racine 24 D 67 9 43 52 -11 48
42 Beranek, JosefJosef Beranek 24 LW 80 28 21 49 -2 85
11 Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen 30 RW 71 19 23 42 -9 113
18 Fedyk, BrentBrent Fedyk 26 RW 72 20 18 38 -14 74
2 Yushkevich, DmitriDmitri Yushkevich 22 D 75 5 25 30 -8 86
22 Butsayev, VyacheslavVyacheslav Butsayev 23 C 47 12 9 21 2 58
9 Eklund, PellePelle Eklund 30 LW 48 1 16 17 -1 8
14 Tippett, DaveDave Tippett 32 C 73 4 11 15 -20 38
20 Hawgood, GregGreg Hawgood 25 D 19 3 12 15 2 19
36 Faust, AndreAndre Faust 24 LW 37 8 5 13 -1 10
25 Finley, JeffJeff Finley 26 D 55 1 8 9 16 24
20 DiMaio, RobRob DiMaio 25 LW 14 3 5 8 1 6
15 Conroy, AlAl Conroy 28 LW 62 4 3 7 -12 65
22 Lamb, MarkMark Lamb 29 C 19 1 6 7 -3 16
28 Bowen, JasonJason Bowen 20 D 56 1 5 6 12 87
21 Brown, DaveDave Brown 31 RW 71 1 4 5 -12 137
23 Malgunas, StewartStewart Malgunas 23 D 67 1 3 4 2 86
27 McGill, RyanRyan McGill 24 D 50 1 3 4 -5 112
24 Wilkie, BobBob Wilkie 24 D 10 1 3 4 -2 8
26 Zettler, RobRob Zettler 25 D 33 0 4 4 -19 69
12 Cummins, JimJim Cummins 23 RW 22 1 2 3 0 71
10 Boivin, ClaudeClaude Boivin 23 C 26 1 1 2 -11 57
41 Holan, MilosMilos Holan 22 D 8 1 1 2 -4 4
32 Winnes, ChrisChris Winnes 25 RW 4 0 2 2 1 0
10 Hlushko, ToddTodd Hlushko 23 LW 2 1 0 1 1 0
33 Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel 23 G 60 0 1 1 N/A 4
5 Ramage, RobRob Ramage 35 D 15 0 1 1 -11 14
35 Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom 24 G 34 0 0 0 N/A 0
30 Chabot, FredericFrederic Chabot 25 G 4 0 0 0 N/A 0
6 Kordic, DanDan Kordic 22 D 4 0 0 0 0 5
43 Vilgrain, ClaudeClaude Vilgrain 30 RW 2 0 0 0 -1 0
40 Brimanis, ArisAris Brimanis 21 D 1 0 0 0 -1 0

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; = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

# Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
33 Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel 23 60 29 20 5 1 183 .896 3.34 3285
30 Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom 24 34 6 18 4 2 116 .864 4.01 1736
35 Chabot, FredericFrederic Chabot 25 4 0 1 1 0 5 .875 4.29 70

Awards and records

Awards

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Garry Galley
Eric Lindros
Mark Recchi
NHL All-Rookie Team Mikael Renberg (F)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Garry Galley
Bobby Clarke Trophy Eric Lindros
Class Guy Award Garry Galley
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Mikael Renberg

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 10, 1993, the day after the deciding game of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 14, 1994, the day of the deciding game of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.

Trades

Date
Details
June 11, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1993
5th-round pick in 1994
To Winnipeg Jets
Stephane Beauregard
June 20, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jim Cummins
Philadelphia's 4th-round pick in 1993
To Detroit Red Wings
rights to Greg Johnson
5th-round pick in 1994
August 5, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To San Jose Sharks
Shawn Cronin
September 9, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
Stewart Malgunas
To Detroit Red Wings
5th-round pick in 1995
October 5, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
Yves Racine
4th-round pick in 1994
To Detroit Red Wings
Terry Carkner
November 28, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
Rob Ramage
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
November 30, 1993 To Philadelphia Flyers
cash
To Florida Panthers
Greg Hawgood
February 1, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Rob Zettler
To San Jose Sharks
Vyacheslav Butsayev
February 21, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Frederic Chabot
To Montreal Canadiens
future considerations
March 5, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Lamb
To Ottawa Senators
Claude Boivin
rights to Kirk Daubenspeck
March 18, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
Rob DiMaio
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Jim Cummins
4th-round pick in 1995
March 21, 1994 To Philadelphia Flyers
8th-round pick in 1994
To Dallas Stars
Pelle Eklund

Other transactions

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
July 30, 1993 Jeff Finley New York Islanders
August 3, 1993 Claude Vilgrain New Jersey Devils
August 4, 1993 Chris Winnes Boston Bruins
August 4, 1993 Norm Foster Edmonton Oilers
August 30, 1993 Dave Tippett Pittsburgh Penguins
March 7, 1994 Todd Hlushko Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL)
Lost in 1993 NHL Expansion Draft
June 24, 1993 Gord Hynes Florida Panthers
June 24, 1993 Andrei Lomakin Florida Panthers
Retirement
October 8, 1993 Ric Nattress
Released
August 3, 1993 Wes Walz
Re-signed
July 14, 1993 Terry Carkner
September 7, 1993 Mark Recchi 6 years
September 13, 1993 Stewart Malgunas 2 years
September 13, 1993 Ryan McGill 2 years
September 13, 1993 Andre Faust 2 years
September 22, 1993 Tommy Soderstrom 4 years
November 20, 1993 Yves Racine 4 years
Draft picks signed
September 13, 1993 Milos Holan HC Vitkovice (Czech Extraliga) Drafted 77th overall, 1993
October 30, 1993 Vaclav Prospal HC Ceske Budejovice (Czech) Drafted 71st overall, 1993
March 15, 1994 Chris Therien Canadian National Team Drafted 47th overall, 1990
October 30, 1993 Neil Little RPI Engineers (ECAC) Drafted 226th overall, 1991
May 11, 1994 Chris Herperger Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Drafted 223rd overall, 1992
May 11, 1994 Aaron Israel Harvard Crimson (ECAC) Drafted 166th overall, 1993

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 36 Janne Niinimaa Defense  Finland Kärpät (SM-liiga)
3 71 Vaclav Prospal Left Wing  Czech Republic HC České Budějovice (CZE)
3 77 Milos Holan Defense  Czech Republic HC Vitkovice (CZE)
5 114 Vladimir Kretchine Left Wing  Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
6 140 Mike Crowley Defense  United States Bloomington Jefferson High School (Minn.)
7 166 Aaron Israel Goaltender  United States ‬Harvard Crimson (ECAC)
8 192 Paul Healey Wing  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
9 218 Tripp Tracy Goaltender  United States Harvard Crimson (ECAC)
9 226 E.J. Bradley Center  United States Tabor Academy (Mass.)
10 244 Jeff Staples Defense  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
11 270 Ken Hemenway Defense  United States Alaska All-Stars (AAAAHA)
Sup 10 Shannon Finn Defense  Canada UIC Flames (CCHA)

Farm teams

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL[6][7] and the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.[8]

References

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  • Results and Schedule
  • Schedule and Results
  • Game Scores & Results
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