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2004–05 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
2004–05 record Did not play
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Keith Primeau
Arena Wachovia Center
Team leaders

The 2004–05 Philadelphia Flyers season would have been the Flyers' 38th season in the National Hockey League (NHL), however it was canceled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. The other 29 teams did not play either due to the labor dispute.

NHL lockoutEdit

After being defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003–04, the Flyers prepared for the looming labor unrest that was to come. While team captain Keith Primeau was re-signed to a four-year contract prior to hitting the free agent market, leading scorer Mark Recchi was not and instead signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers did make a couple signings during free agency, signing among others R. J. Umberger, Mike Knuble and Turner Stevenson. The lockout started on September 16, 2004, and those Flyers with two-way contracts were sent down to the Phantoms. Those Flyers with NHL-only contracts either sat out or played in another league.

Player activityEdit

The following is a list of Flyers with NHL-only contracts and whether they were active during the lockout.[1][2]

Player Team League/event
Tony Amonte Inactive
Donald Brashear Quebec Radio X LNAH
Sean Burke Inactive
Eric Desjardins Inactive
Robert Esche Inactive
Todd Fedoruk Philadelphia Phantoms American Hockey League
Simon Gagne Team Canada 2005 World Ice Hockey Championships
Michal Handzus HKm Zvolen Slovak Extraliga
Team Slovakia 2005 World Ice Hockey Championships
Kim Johnsson HC Ambri-Piotta Nationalliga A
Sami Kapanen KalPa Mestis
Mike Knuble Linköpings HC Elitserien
Team USA 2005 World Ice Hockey Championships
Claude Lapointe Inactive
John LeClair Inactive
Danny Markov Vityaz Podolsk Vysshaya Liga
Keith Primeau Inactive
Branko Radivojevic Vsetin HC Czech Extraliga
Luleå HF Elitserien
Marcus Ragnarsson Almtuna Allsvenskan
Jeremy Roenick Inactive
Radovan Somik Vsetin HC Czech Extraliga
Malmo IF Elitserien
Turner Stevenson Inactive
Mattias Timander Modo Hockey Elitserien


The Flyers completed the following transactions before the lockout suspended all activity:


June 27, 2004 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 2005
To Tampa Bay Lightning
5th round pick in 2004
6th round pick in 2004
6th round pick in 2004

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
June 23, 2004 Brent Robinson Hamilton (AHL) 2 years
July 3, 2004 Mike Knuble Boston (NHL)
July 3, 2004 Turner Stevenson New Jersey (NHL)
July 14, 2004 Eric Meloche Pittsburgh (NHL)
July 27, 2004 Josh Gratton Cincinnati (AHL) 2 years
August 23, 2004 Ryan Ready St. Louis (NHL) 1 year
Lost via free agency
July 7, 2004 Kirby Law Minnesota (NHL)
July 9, 2004 Mark Recchi Pittsburgh (NHL)
July 22, 2004 Andre Savage Colorado (NHL)
June 14, 2004 Keith Primeau 4 years
August 2, 2004 Simon Gagne 1 year
August 2, 2004 Branko Radivojevic 1 year
August 6, 2004 Michal Handzus 3 years
August 12, 2004 Mattias Timander 2 years
August 19, 2004 Sami Kapanen 2 years
Signed to Entry Level contracts
June 14, 2004 R.J. Umberger NY Rangers (NHL) Unsigned 2001 draft pick
July 13, 2004 Tony Voce Boston College (HE) Undrafted free agent
September 8, 2004 David Printz AIK (Elitserien) Drafted 225th overall, 2001

Draft picksEdit

Philadelphia's picks at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, North Carolina.[3]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
3 92 Rob Bellamy Right Wing Flag of the United States United States New England Jr. Coyotes (EJHL)
4 101 R. J. Anderson Defenseman Flag of the United States United States Centennial High School (US HS)
4 124 David Laliberte Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Prince Edward Island Rocket (QMJHL)
5 144 Chris Zarb Defenseman Flag of the United States United States Tri-City Storm (USHL)
5 149 Gino Pisellini Right Wing Flag of the United States United States Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
6 170 Ladislav Scurko Center Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Spišská Nová Ves (Slovakia)
6 171 Frederik Cabana Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 232 Martin Houle Goaltender Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
8 253 Travis Gawryletz Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)
9 286 Triston Grant Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
9 291 John Carter Center Flag of the United States United States Brewster Bulldogs (NY)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[4] With the Flyers season canceled, many players who would normally be in orange and black were in purple, orange, and black instead. Joni Pitkanen and Todd Fedoruk had spent the entirety of the previous season with the Flyers and over a dozen others on the Phantoms roster had previously spent time in the NHL. Led by mid-season acquisition Jon Sim's 35 goals and R. J. Umberger's 65 points, the Phantoms finished second in their division with a record of 48–25–3–4. Reinforced by the arrivals of top junior prospects Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to the team, the Phantoms defeated the Norfolk Admirals in six games, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in five games, and the Providence Bruins in six games to reach the finals. Holding the Chicago Wolves to four goals the entire series, the Phantoms swept the series and won the Calder Cup. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.[5] Trenton finished second in their division and after defeating the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in three games, the Reading Royals in four games, and the Alaska Aces in seven games, the Titans defeated the Florida Everblades in six games to win the Kelly Cup.

See alsoEdit


  1., Lockout list ends at 388 NHL players in Europe as of February 25
  2. Vladimir Malakhov and Alexei Zhamnov are not included since their contracts expired prior to the lockout.
  3., 2004 NHL Entry Draft
  4., Non-AHL Affiliates
  5., AHL Season Overview: 2004–05
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