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1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
1998–99 record 37–26–19
Home record 21–9–11
Road record 16–17–8
Goals for 231
Goals against 196
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Eric Lindros
Alternate captains Rod Brind'Amour
Eric Desjardins
Arena First Union Center
Average attendance 19,612[1]
Team leaders
Goals John LeClair (43)
Assists Eric Lindros (53)
Points Eric Lindros (93)
Penalties in minutes Eric Lindros (120)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (27)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.18)

The 1998–99 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 32nd season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

In the off-season, the Flyers went looking for a new goaltender. Sean Burke hadn't worked out well enough and Ron Hextall was about to enter his final season as a backup. They chose to sign former Panther John Vanbiesbrouck over former Oiler Curtis Joseph, who ended up signing with Toronto. The 1998–99 season was marred by a life-threatening injury sustained by Eric Lindros on April 1 during a game against the Nashville Predators, a season-ending injury later diagnosed as a collapsed lung. Up until that point, Lindros was having an MVP-type season with 40 goals and 53 assists in 71 games. It is said that if roommate Keith Jones had not intervened at the last minute, Lindros might have died on the plane ride back to Philadelphia. Without Lindros, the Flyers were fortunate to have re-acquired Mark Recchi at the trade deadline. Although Vanbiesbrouck allowed nine goals to Joseph's eleven allowed, the Flyers lost their first round series with Toronto in six games.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New Jersey Devils 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
New York Rangers 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
New York Islanders 82 24 48 10 194 244 58

Game logEdit

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

1998–99 Game log

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

      Win       Loss

1999 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
Eric Lindros 88 71 40 53 93 120 - - - - -
John LeClair 10 76 43 47 90 30 6 3 0 3 12
Rod Brind'Amour 17 82 24 50 74 47 6 1 3 4 0
Eric Desjardins 37 68 15 36 51 38 6 2 2 4 0
Keith Jones 20 66 18 31 49 78 6 2 1 3 14
Dan McGillis 3 78 8 37 45 61 6 0 1 1 12
Mikael Renberg 19 46 11 15 26 14 6 0 1 1 0
Valeri Zelepukin 26 74 16 9 25 48 6 0 2 2 2
Daymond Langkow 18 56 10 13 23 24 6 0 2 2 2
Chris Therien 6 74 3 15 18 48 6 0 0 0 6
Colin Forbes 12 66 9 7 16 51 - - - - -
Jody Hull 8 72 3 11 14 12 6 0 0 0 4
Marc Bureau 28 71 4 6 10 10 6 0 2 2 2
Dmitri Tertyshny 5 62 2 8 10 30 1 0 0 0 2
Dainius Zubrus 9 63 3 5 8 25 - - - - -
Mike Maneluk 15 13 2 6 8 8 - - - - -
Chris Gratton 77 26 1 7 8 41 - - - - -
Steve Duchesne 25 11 2 5 7 2 6 0 2 2 2
Mark Recchi 11 10 4 2 6 6 6 0 1 1 2
Petr Svoboda 23 25 4 2 6 28 - - - - -
Dave Babych 44 33 2 4 6 20 - - - - -
Karl Dykhuis 24 45 2 4 6 32 5 1 0 1 4
Luke Richardson 22 78 0 6 6 106 - - - - -
Alexandre Daigle 11[2] 31 3 2 3 2 - - - - -
Mark Greig 9 7 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 1 0
Mike Sillinger 11 25 0 3 3 8 - - - - -
Roman Vopat 24 48 0 3 3 80 - - - - -
Ron Hextall (G) 27 23 0 2 2 2 - - - - -
Shjon Podein 25 14 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Ryan Bast 32 2 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Andy Delmore 43 2 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Mikael Andersson 14 7 0 1 1 0 6 0 1 1 2
Andrei Kovalenko 25 13 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Sandy McCarthy 21 13 0 1 1 25 6 0 1 1 0
Adam Burt 2 17 0 1 1 14 6 0 0 0 4
John Vanbiesbrouck (G) 34 62 0 1 1 12 6 0 0 0 2
Jean-Marc Pelletier (G) 49 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Brian Wesenberg 54 1 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Chris Joseph 25 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Trent Klatt 20 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dan Kordic 21 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Jason Zent 40 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Peter White 14 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Richard Park 15 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Craig Berube 32 11 0 0 0 28 6 1 0 1 4
Bench X 12

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
John Vanbiesbrouck 34 62 3712 27 18 15 135 6 .902 2.18 6 369 2 4 9 1 .938 1.46
Ron Hextall 27 23 1235 10 7 4 52 0 .888 2.53 - - - - - - - -
Jean-Marc Pelletier 49 1 60 0 1 0 5 0 .828 5.00 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative John LeClair
Eric Lindros
NHL Player of the Month Eric Lindros (November)
NHL Player of the Week John LeClair (November 30)
Eric Lindros (January 18)
NHL Second All-Star Team Eric Desjardins (D)
John LeClair (LW)
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Eric Desjardins
Bobby Clarke Trophy Eric Lindros
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Daymond Langkow
Yanick Dupre Memorial Eric Desjardins

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 1998–99 season.

TradesEdit

June 27, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
7th round pick in 1998
To Nashville Predators
Dominic Roussel
Jeff Staples
June 27, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
NY Islanders' 5th round pick in 1998
To Chicago Blackhawks
Paul Coffey
August 25, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
6th round pick in 2000
To New York Islanders
Ray Giroux
October 5, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Valeri Zelepukin
To Edmonton Oilers
Daniel Lacroix
October 13, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Ryan Bast
8th round pick in 1999
To Calgary Flames
3rd round pick in 1999
October 19, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
6th round pick in 2000
To Vancouver Canucks
Trent Klatt
November 12, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Jones
To Colorado Avalanche
Shjon Podein
November 17, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Roman Vopat
To Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Maneluk
December 12, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mikael Renberg
Daymond Langkow
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Chris Gratton
Mike Sillinger
December 28, 1998
To Philadelphia Flyers
Karl Dykhuis
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Petr Svoboda
January 8, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Dennis Bonvie
To Chicago Blackhawks
Frank Bialowas
January 26, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
futures
To Nashville Predators
Sergei Klimentiev
January 29, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Andrei Kovalenko
To Edmonton Oilers
Alexandre Daigle
February 10, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Sean O'Brien
To Pittsburgh Penguins
futures
March 6, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Adam Burt
To Carolina Hurricanes
Andrei Kovalenko
March 10, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Recchi
To Montreal Canadiens
Dainius Zubrus
2nd round pick in 1999
6th round pick in 2000
March 20, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Sandy McCarthy
Mikael Andersson
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Colin Forbes
5th round pick in 1999
March 23, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Craig Berube
To Washington Capitals
cash
March 23, 1999
To Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Duchesne
To Los Angeles Kings
Dave Babych
5th round pick in 2000

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
July 6, 1998 Marc Bureau Montreal (NHL) 3 years
July 9, 1998 Sergei Klimentiev Rochester (AHL) 2 years
July 16, 1998 John Vanbiesbrouck Florida (NHL)
July 28, 1998 Mark Greig Grand Rapids (IHL) 2 years
July 28, 1998 Jason Zent Ottawa (NHL)
August 17, 1998 Steve McLaren Indianapolis (IHL) 1 year
August 24, 1998 Richard Park Anaheim (NHL) 1 year
October 7, 1998 Jody Hull Tampa Bay (NHL) 2 years
Lost via free agency
August 18, 1999 Chris Joseph Ottawa (NHL)
Lost in 1998 NHL Expansion Draft
June 26, 1998 Craig Darby Nashville (NHL)
Retirement
n/a Joel Otto
Re-signed
June 25, 1998 Eric Lindros 1 year, $8.5 million
July 15, 1998 Paul Healey 2 years
July 15, 1998 Ron Hextall 1 year
July 15, 1998 Jeff Lank 2 years
August 3, 1998 Mike Maneluk 1 year
August 3, 1998 John Stevens 2 years
August 14, 1998 Rod Brind'Amour 3 years
August 17, 1998 Peter White 3 years
March 30, 1999 Eric Desjardins 4 year extension
May 10, 1999 Mark Recchi 5 year extension
Signed to Entry Level contracts
July 16, 1998 Dmitri Tertyshny Traktor Chelyabinsk (RSL) Drafted 132nd overall, 1995
August 4, 1998 Mark Eaton Notre Dame (CCHA) Undrafted free agent

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 22 Simon Gagne Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2 42 Jason Beckett Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
2 51 Ian Forbes Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
4 109 J. P. Morin Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
5 124 Francis Belanger Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
5 139 Garrett Prosofsky Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 168 Antero Niittymaki Goaltender Flag of Finland Finland TPS (SM-liiga)
7 175 Cam Ondrik Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
7 195 Tomas Divisek Right Wing Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Slavia Praha (CZE)
8 222 Lubomir Pistek Right Wing Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Bratislava Slovan (Slovakia)
9 243 Petr Hubacek Center Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Brno Kometa
9 253 Bruno St. Jacques Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
9 258 Sergei Skrobot Defenseman Flag of Russia Russia Dynamo-2 Moscow (RUS)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Daigle wore number 19 prior to the Renberg trade.
  3. hockeydb.com, 1998 NHL Entry Draft
  4. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 1998–99
Philadelphia Flyers
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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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