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1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 3rd Eastern
1997–98 record 42–29–11
Home record 24–11–6
Road record 18–18–5
Goals for 242
Goals against 193
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Wayne Cashman (Oct-Mar)
Roger Neilson
Captain Eric Lindros
Alternate captains Rod Brind'Amour
Eric Desjardins
Arena CoreStates Center
Average attendance 19,519[1]
Team leaders
Goals John LeClair (51)
Assists Eric Lindros (42)
Points John LeClair (89)
Penalties in minutes Dan Kordic (210)
Wins Ron Hextall (21)
Goals against average Ron Hextall (2.17)

The 1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers 31st season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The man picked to replace Terry Murray, Wayne Cashman, was deemed ill-suited for the job as the Flyers played inconsistently throughout the 1997–98 season and so Roger Neilson was hired in March to take over the head coaching duties. John LeClair was able to score at least 50 goals for the third consecutive year (netting 51), the first time for an American-born player, and Sean Burke was acquired at the trade deadline to shore up the ever-worsening goaltending situation. In a season in which the Flyers — despite a hard fall to Detroit the previous year — were heavily favored to repeat as Eastern champs and return to the Finals, they never came close, as they were dominated in the first round by Buffalo in five games.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Game logEdit

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

1997–98 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
John LeClair 10 82 51 36 87 32 5 1 1 2 8
Rod Brind'Amour 17 82 36 38 74 54 5 2 2 4 7
Eric Lindros 88 63 30 41 71 134 5 1 2 3 17
Chris Gratton 55 82 22 40 62 159 5 2 0 2 10
Trent Klatt 20 82 14 28 42 16 5 0 0 0 0
Janne Niinimaa 44 66 3 31 34 56 - - - - -
Dainius Zubrus 9 69 8 25 33 42 5 0 1 1 4
Eric Desjardins 37 77 6 27 33 36 5 0 1 1 0
Paul Coffey 77 57 2 27 29 30 - - - - -
Alexandre Daigle 19 37 9 17 26 6 5 0 2 2 0
Shjon Podein 25 82 11 13 24 53 5 0 0 0 10
Mike Sillinger 11 27 11 11 22 16 3 1 0 1 0
Colin Forbes 12 63 12 7 19 59 5 0 0 0 2
Chris Therien 6 78 3 16 19 80 5 0 1 1 4
Vaclav Prospal 45 41 5 13 18 17 - - - - -
Petr Svoboda 23 56 3 15 18 83 3 0 1 1 4
Pat Falloon 15 30 5 7 12 8 - - - - -
Joel Otto 29 68 3 4 7 78 5 0 0 0 0
Dan McGillis 3 13 1 5 6 35 5 1 2 3 10
Luke Richardson 22 81 2 3 5 139 5 0 0 0 0
Daniel Lacroix 32 56 1 4 5 135 4 0 0 0 4
John Druce 26 23 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 2
Kjell Samuelsson 28 49 0 3 3 28 1 0 0 0 0
Dan Kordic 21 61 1 1 2 210 - - - - -
Chris Joseph 24 15 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Craig Darby 11 3 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Ron Hextall (G) 27 46 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0
Garth Snow (G) 30 29 0 0 0 18 - - - - -
Brantt Myhres 18 23 0 0 0 169 - - - - -
Sean Burke (G) 33 11 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Dave Babych 44 6 0 0 0 12 5 1 0 1 4
Paul Healey 38 4 0 0 0 12 - - - - -
Bench X 18

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Flyers. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO Sv% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Ron Hextall 27 46 2688 21 17 7 97 4 .911 2.17 1 20 0 0 1 0 .875 3.00
Garth Snow 30 29 1651 14 9 4 67 1 .902 2.43 - - - - - - - -
Sean Burke 33 11 632 7 3 0 27 1 .913 2.56 5 283 1 4 17 0 .860 3.60

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative John LeClair
Eric Lindros
NHL First All-Star Team John LeClair (LW)
NHL Player of the Week John LeClair (November 10)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Eric Desjardins
Bobby Clarke Trophy John LeClair
Class Guy Award Trent Klatt
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Colin Forbes

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1997–98 season.

TradesEdit

June 18, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Martin Cerven
To Edmonton Oilers
7th round pick in 1997
June 21, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd round pick in 1998
To Dallas Stars
3rd round pick in 1997
August 20, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 1998
Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 1999
Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 2000
Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 2001
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Mikael Renberg
Karl Dykhuis
October 15, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
Brantt Myhres
To Edmonton Oilers
Jason Bowen
October 21, 1997
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Maneluk
To Ottawa Senators
cash
January 17, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Alexandre Daigle
To Ottawa Senators
Vaclav Prospal
Pat Falloon
2nd round pick in 1998
February 5, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Sillinger
To Florida Panthers
5th round pick in 1998
March 4, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Sean Burke
To Vancouver Canucks
Garth Snow
March 9, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Roger Neilson (Head coach)
To St. Louis Blues
6th round pick in 1999
March 24, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dave Babych
6th round pick in 1998
To Vancouver Canucks
3rd round pick in 1998
March 24, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dan McGillis
2nd round pick in 1998
To Edmonton Oilers
Janne Niinimaa

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
June 9, 1997 Andy Delmore Fredericton (AHL)
July 10, 1997 Jamie Heward Toronto (NHL)
July 14, 1997 Luke Richardson Edmonton (NHL) 5 years, $12.6 million
August 14, 1997 Chris Gratton Tampa Bay (NHL) 5 years, $16.5 million
September 1, 1997 Chris Joseph Vancouver (NHL) 1 year
October 16, 1997 Brantt Myhres Tampa Bay (NHL) 1 year
May 18, 1998 Ryan Bast Saint John (AHL) 2 years, $1.85 million
Retirement
August 25, 1997 Dale Hawerchuk
Lost on waivers
September 28, 1998 Scott Daniels New Jersey (NHL) Waiver draft
Re-signed
June 12, 1997 Jim Montgomery 3 years
June 18, 1997 Kjell Samuelsson 1 year
July 15, 1997 Neil Little 1 year
July 15, 1997 Craig Darby 2 years
August 3, 1997 Dan Kordic 2 years
August 19, 1997 Garth Snow 1 year, $675K
September 12, 1997 Chris Therien 3 years
December 17, 1997 Eric Lindros 2 year extension
Signed to Entry Level contracts
July 9, 1997 Jean-Marc Pelletier Rimouski (QMJHL) Drafted 30th overall, 1997

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
2 30 Jean-Marc Pelletier Goaltender Flag of the United States United States Cornell University (ECAC)
2 50 Pat Kavanagh Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
3 62 Kris Mallette Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
4 103 Mikhail Chernov Defenseman Flag of Russia Russia Torpedo Yaroslavl (RUS)
6 158 Jordon Flodell Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
7 164 Todd Fedoruk Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
8 214 Marko Kauppinen Defenseman Flag of Finland Finland JYP HT Juniors (FIN)
9 240 Par Styf Defenseman Flag of Sweden Sweden Modo Jrs. (SWE)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. hockeydb.com, 1997 NHL Entry Draft
  3. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1997–98
Philadelphia Flyers
Team HistoryPlayersAward WinnersRecordsSeasonsDraft PicksThe SpectrumWachovia Center
Head Coaches Allen • Stasiuk • Shero • McCammon • Quinn • McCammon • Keenan • Holmgren • Dineen • Simpson • Murray • Cashman • Neilson • Ramsay • Barber • Hitchcock • Stevens
Division titles 1967-68, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2003-04
Conference Championships 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1996-97
Stanley Cups 1973-74, 1974-75
Affiliates Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)


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