1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season

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1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers
Division5th Patrick
Conference8th Wales
1990–91 record33–37–10
Home record18–16–6
Road record15–21–4
Goals for252 (16th)
Goals against267 (11th)
Team information
PresidentJay Snider
General ManagerRuss Farwell
CoachPaul Holmgren
CaptainRon Sutter
Alternate captainsMark Howe
Rick Tocchet
ArenaSpectrum
Average attendance17,342[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Hershey Bears
Team leaders
GoalsRick Tocchet (40)
AssistsPelle Eklund (50)
PointsRick Tocchet (71)
Penalty minutesCraig Berube (293)
Plus/minusMark Howe (+9)
WinsRon Hextall (13)
Goals against averagePete Peeters (2.88)

The 1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers season was the team's 24th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Off-season[edit]

After firing general manager Bobby Clarke on April 16, 1990,[2] Russ Farwell was hired to replace him on June 6.[3] Farwell had spent the previous two seasons as the general manager of the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Rick Tocchet scored 40 goals and Pelle Eklund recorded 50 assists. However, goaltender Ron Hextall continued to be hampered by injuries during the 1990–91 season. He only played in 36 games and as a result the Flyers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, finishing fifth in the division and three points short of a playoff spot after a late-season collapse.

Despite scoring the fewest short-handed goals (2) and allowing the most short-handed goals (16), the Flyers finished 7th out of 21 teams in power play percentage with 20.12% (68 for 338).[4]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 41 33 6 342 305 88
New York Rangers 80 36 31 13 297 265 85
Washington Capitals 80 37 36 7 258 258 81
New Jersey Devils 80 32 33 15 272 264 79
Philadelphia Flyers 80 33 37 10 252 267 76
New York Islanders 80 25 45 10 223 290 60

[5]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.

Wales Conference[6]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Boston Bruins ADM 80 44 24 12 299 264 100
2 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 39 30 11 273 249 89
3 Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 80 41 33 6 342 305 88
4 New York Rangers PTK 80 36 31 13 297 265 85
5 Washington Capitals PTK 80 37 36 7 258 258 81
6 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 31 30 19 292 278 81
7 New Jersey Devils PTK 80 32 33 15 272 264 79
8 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 80 33 37 10 252 267 76
9 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 31 38 11 238 276 73
10 New York Islanders PTK 80 25 45 10 223 290 60
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 16 50 14 236 354 46

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

1990–91 regular season

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

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
22 Rick Tocchet 26 RW 70 40 31 71 2 150
9 Pelle Eklund 27 C 73 19 50 69 −2 14
32 Murray Craven 26 LW 77 19 47 66 −2 53
14 Ron Sutter 27 C 80 17 28 45 2 92
3 Gord Murphy 23 D 80 11 31 42 −7 58
18 Mike Ricci 19 C 68 21 20 41 −8 64
19 Scott Mellanby 24 RW 74 20 21 41 8 155
25 Keith Acton 32 C 76 14 23 37 −9 131
29 Terry Carkner 24 D 79 7 25 32 −15 204
20 Normand Lacombe 26 RW 74 11 20 31 −1 27
28 Kjell Samuelsson 32 D 78 9 19 28 4 82
11 Jiri Latal 23 D 50 5 21 26 −19 14
12 Tim Kerr 31 RW 27 10 14 24 −8 8
24 Derrick Smith 26 LW 72 11 10 21 0 37
10 Dale Kushner 24 RW 63 7 11 18 −4 195
17 Craig Berube 25 LW 74 8 9 17 −6 293
8 Murray Baron 23 D 67 8 8 16 −3 74
26 Martin Hostak 23 C 50 3 10 13 1 22
2 Mark Howe 35 D 19 0 10 10 9 8
21 Tony Horacek 23 LW 34 3 6 9 6 49
6 Jeff Chychrun 24 D 36 0 6 6 1 105
39 David Fenyves 30 D 40 1 4 5 1 28
45 Chris Jensen 27 RW 18 2 1 3 −5 2
23 Pat Murray 21 LW 16 2 1 3 −5 15
41 Mark Pedersondagger 23 LW 12 2 1 3 −8 5
5 Kerry Huffman 23 D 10 1 2 3 1 10
50 Scott Sandelin 26 D 15 0 3 3 −3 0
36 Darren Rumble 22 D 3 1 0 1 1 0
27 Ron Hextall 26 G 36 0 1 1 N/A 10
33 Pete Peeters 33 G 26 0 1 1 N/A 14
46 Kimbi Daniels 19 C 2 0 1 1 −2 0
58 Bill Armstrong 24 C 1 0 1 1 1 0
35 Ken Wregget 26 G 30 0 0 0 N/A 6
15 Craig Fisher 20 C 2 0 0 0 0 0
30 Bruce Hoffort 24 G 2 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltending[edit]

Regular season
No. Player Age GP GS W L T SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
27 Ron Hextall 26 36 34 13 16 5 982 106 3.12 .892 0 2,035:23
35 Ken Wregget 26 30 23 10 14 3 660 88 3.56 .867 0 1,484:27
33 Pete Peeters 33 26 23 9 7 1 623 61 2.88 .902 1 1,270:03
30 Bruce Hoffort 24 2 0 1 0 1 20 3 4.59 .850 0 39:12

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Type Award/honor Recipient Ref
League (in-season) NHL All-Star Game selection Rick Tocchet[a] [7][8]
NHL Player of the Month Pete Peeters (November) [9]
NHL Player of the Week Ken Wregget (October 22) [10]
Team Barry Ashbee Trophy Kjell Samuelsson [11]
Bobby Clarke Trophy Pelle Eklund [11]
Class Guy Award Gord Murphy [11]

Records[edit]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 1990–91 season
Record Type Total Refs
Fewest shorthanded goals scored Season 2 [12]
Most shorthanded goals allowed Season 16 [13]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from May 25, 1990, the day after the deciding game of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, through May 25, 1991, the day of the deciding game of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals.[14]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 16, 1990 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 1990
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kevin Maguire
8th-round pick in 1991
[15]
March 5, 1991 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Pederson
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 1991
[16]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency.

Date Player Previous team (league) Term Ref
August 1, 1990 Rod Dallman New York Islanders [17]
August 1, 1990 Dale Kushner New York Islanders [17]
September 5, 1990 Lance Pitlick University of Minnesota (WCHA) [18]

Internal[edit]

The following players were either re-signed by the Flyers or, in the case of the team's selections in the NHL Entry Draft, signed to contracts.

Date Player Term Ref
August 1, 1990 Brian Dobbin [17]
August 1, 1990 Mark Freer [17]
August 1, 1990 Tony Horacek [17]
August 28, 1990 Martin Hostak (DP) 2-year [19][20]
September 4, 1990 Mike Ricci (DP) [21]
September 5, 1990 Pat Murray (DP) [18]
September 14, 1990 Ron Hextall 5-year[b] [9][22]
September 14, 1990 Rick Tocchet 4-year[c] [22]
November 29, 1990 Ken Wregget 1-year[d] [23]
May 2, 1991 Pelle Eklund 3-year [24]
May 14, 1991 Jiri Latal multi-year [25]

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were not involved in any waivers transactions. The 1990 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 1, 1990.[26] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[26]

Departures[edit]

The following players left the team via free agency, release or retirement. Players who were under contract and left the team during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Ref
July 3, 1990 Ilkka Sinisalo Minnesota North Stars Free agency [27]
July 16, 1990 John Stevens Hartford Whalers Free agency [28]
August 29, 1990 Doug Sulliman Retirement [29]
September 4, 1990 Ken Linseman Edmonton Oilers Free agency [30]

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 16, 1990.[31] The Flyers traded their fourth-round pick, 67th overall, to the Edmonton Oilers for Normand Lacombe on January 5, 1990.[32]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) Notes
1 4 Mike Ricci Center  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 25 Chris Simon Left wing  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
2 40 Mikael Renberg Right wing  Sweden Luleå HF (Elitserien) [e]
2 42 Terran Sandwith Defense  Canada Tri-City Americans (USHL) [f]
3 44 Kimbi Daniels Center  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL) [g]
3 46 Bill Armstrong Defense  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 47 Chris Therien Defense  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL) [h]
3 52 Al Kinisky Defense  United States Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) [i]
5 88 Dan Kordic Defense  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
6 109 Vyacheslav Butsayev Center  Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union)
8 151 Patric Englund Left wing  Sweden AIK (Elitserien)
9 172 Toni Porkka Defense  Finland Lukko Rauma (SM-liiga)
10 193 Greg Hanson Defense  United States Bloomington Kennedy High School (USHS-MN)
11 214 Tommy Soderstrom Goaltender  Sweden Djurgårdens IF (Elitserien)
12 235 Billy Lund Center  United States Roseau High School (USHS-MN)

NHL Supplemental Draft[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 1990 NHL Supplemental Draft on June 15, 1990.[33][34]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league)
1 4 Steve Beadle Defense  United States Michigan State University (CCHA)
2 9 Ray Letourneau Goaltender  United States Yale University (ECAC)

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.[35][36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Voted starting Wing
  2. ^ Option for sixth year
  3. ^ Option for fifth year
  4. ^ Arbitration award
  5. ^ The Flyers traded Jay Wells and their 1991 fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Kevin Maguire and the Sabres' second-round pick, 40th overall, on March 5, 1990.[32]
  6. ^ The Flyers traded Brian Propp to the Boston Bruins for the Bruins' second-round pick, 42nd overall, on March 2, 1990.[32]
  7. ^ The Flyers traded Darren Jensen and Daryl Stanley to the Vancouver Canucks for Wendell Young and Canucks' third-round pick, 44th overall, on August 31, 1987.[32]
  8. ^ The Flyers traded Wendell Young and their seventh-round pick, 130th overall, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins' third-round pick, 47th overall, on September 1, 1989.[32]
  9. ^ The Flyers traded Kevin Maguire and their 1991 eighth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Maple Leafs' third-round pick, 52nd overall, on June 16, 1990.[32]

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