2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 4th Eastern
2002–03 record 45–20–13–4
Home record 21–10–8–2
Road record 24–10–5–2
Goals for 211
Goals against 166
Team information
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Ken Hitchcock
Captain Keith Primeau
Alternate captains John LeClair
Mark Recchi
Arena First Union Center
Average attendance 19,325[1]
Minor league affiliations Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)[2]
Trenton Titans (ECHL)[3]
Team leaders
Goals Jeremy Roenick (27)
Assists Mark Recchi (32)
Jeremy Roenick (32)
Points Jeremy Roenick (59)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (161)
Plus/minus Eric Desjardins (+30)
Wins Roman Cechmanek (33)
Goals against average Roman Cechmanek (1.83)
<2001–02 2003–04>

The 2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Philadelphia Flyers' 36th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the second round of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs to the Ottawa Senators in six games.

Off-season[edit]

The Flyers hired former Dallas Stars and Stanley Cup-winning head coach Ken Hitchcock to replace the fired Bill Barber.[4]

Regular season[edit]

In 2002–03, Roman Cechmanek had a club record 1.83 goals against average (GAA) and the Flyers acquired Sami Kapanen and Tony Amonte prior to the trade deadline; however, they fell one point short of a second straight Atlantic Division title.

The Flyers had reliable goaltending. They tied the New Jersey Devils for the fewest goals allowed with just 166 and Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche combined for eight shutouts.[5]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 New Jersey Devils 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
2 4 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 20 13 4 211 166 107
3 8 New York Islanders 82 35 34 11 2 224 231 83
4 9 New York Rangers 82 32 36 10 4 210 231 78
5 14 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 27 44 6 5 189 255 65

[6]

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Eastern Conference[7]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Ottawa Senators NE 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 Y- New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
3 Y- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 36 25 16 5 219 210 93
4 X- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 45 20 13 4 211 166 107
5 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
6 X- Washington Capitals SE 82 39 29 8 6 224 220 92
7 X- Boston Bruins NE 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 35 34 11 2 224 231 83
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 32 36 10 4 210 231 78
10 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
11 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 31 39 7 5 226 284 74
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72
13 Florida Panthers SE 82 24 36 13 9 176 237 70
14 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 27 44 6 5 189 255 65
15 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 22 43 11 6 171 240 61

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Playoffs[edit]

The Flyers endured a very long and brutal seven game first round match-up with the Toronto Maple Leafs that featured three multiple overtime games, all in Toronto. After winning Game 7, 6–1, the Flyers fought the Ottawa Senators in the second round with equal vigor as they split the first four games of the series, Cechmanek earning shutouts in both wins. Cechmanek's inconsistency showed through, however, as he allowed ten goals in the final two games and Ottawa advanced in six games. Cechmanek was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2004 second round draft pick during the off-season despite having the second-best GAA in the NHL over his three years in Philadelphia.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

2002 pre-season[8]

Legend:   Win   Loss   Tie

Regular season[edit]

2002–03 regular season[9]

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

Playoffs[edit]

2003 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[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 Playoffs
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
97 Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick 33 C 79 27 32 59 20 75 13 3 5 8 1 8
8 Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 34 RW 79 20 32 52 0 35 13 7 3 10 4 2
25 Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau 31 C 80 19 27 46 4 93 13 1 1 2 −2 14
26 Handzus, MichalMichal Handzus 25 C 82 23 21 44 13 46 13 2 6 8 3 6
5 Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson 26 D 82 10 29 39 11 38 13 0 3 3 −1 8
37 Desjardins, EricEric Desjardins 33 D 79 8 24 32 30 35 5 2 1 3 2 0
10 LeClair, JohnJohn LeClair 33 LW 35 18 10 28 10 16 13 2 3 5 5 10
12 Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne 22 LW 46 9 18 27 20 16 13 4 1 5 1 6
39 Murray, MartyMarty Murray 27 C 76 11 15 26 −1 13 4 0 0 0 −2 4
87 Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear 31 LW 80 8 17 25 5 161 13 1 2 3 −1 21
14 Williams, JustinJustin Williams 21 RW 41 8 16 24 15 22 12 1 5 6 2 8
2 Weinrich, EricEric Weinrich 36 D 81 2 18 20 16 40 13 2 3 5 −2 12
20 Somik, RadovanRadovan Somik 25 LW 60 8 10 18 9 10 5 1 1 2 0 6
11 Amonte, TonyTony Amontedagger 32 RW 13 7 8 15 12 2 13 1 6 7 2 4
24 Kapanen, SamiSami Kapanendagger 29 RW 28 4 9 13 −1 6 13 4 3 7 2 6
36 Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg 21 D 58 4 9 13 8 20
55 Brendl, PavelPavel Brendldouble-dagger 21 RW 42 5 7 12 8 4
19 Chouinard, EricEric Chouinarddagger 22 C 28 4 4 8 2 2
28 Ragnarsson, MarcusMarcus Ragnarssondagger 31 D 43 2 6 8 5 32 13 0 1 1 4 6
6 Therien, ChrisChris Therien 31 D 67 1 6 7 10 36 13 0 2 2 0 2
15 Sacco, JoeJoe Saccodagger 33 RW 34 1 5 6 0 20 4 0 0 0 −2 0
29 Fedoruk, ToddTodd Fedoruk 23 LW 63 1 5 6 1 105 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 Warriner, ToddTodd Warrinerdaggerdouble-dagger 29 LW 13 2 3 5 2 6
13 Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointedagger 34 C 14 2 2 4 5 16 13 2 3 5 0 14
22 Yushkevich, DmitriDmitri Yushkevichdagger 31 D 18 2 2 4 7 8 13 1 4 5 7 2
19 Ranheim, PaulPaul Ranheimdouble-dagger 37 RW 28 0 4 4 −4 6
27 Savage, AndreAndre Savage 27 C 16 2 1 3 2 4
23 Vandermeer, JimJim Vandermeer 22 D 24 2 1 3 9 27 8 0 1 1 1 9
3 McGillis, DanDan McGillisdouble-dagger 30 D 24 0 3 3 7 20
18 Kallio, TomiTomi Kalliodaggerdouble-dagger 26 RW 7 1 0 1 −1 2
9 Greig, MarkMark Greig 33 RW 5 0 1 1 1 2
21 Siklenka, MikeMike Siklenkadagger 23 RW 1 0 0 0 0 0
47 Law, KirbyKirby Law 25 RW 2 0 0 0 0 2
34 MacNeil, IanIan MacNeil 25 C 2 0 0 0 1 0
11, 18, 51 Sharp, PatrickPatrick Sharp 21 C 3 0 0 0 0 2
18 Wright, JamieJamie Wrightdagger 26 LW 4 0 0 0 −1 4
22 St. Jacques, BrunoBruno St. Jacquesdouble-dagger 22 D 6 0 0 0 −1 2
17 Lefebvre, GuillaumeGuillaume Lefebvredouble-dagger 21 LW 14 0 0 0 1 4
24 McAllister, ChrisChris McAllisterdouble-dagger 27 D 19 0 0 0 −2 21
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 25 G 30 0 0 0 N/A 6 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
32 Cechmanek, RomanRoman Cechmanek 31 G 58 0 0 0 N/A 8 13 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP W L T SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
32 Cechmanek, RomanRoman Cechmanek 31 58 33 15 10 6 102 .926 1.83 3350 13 6 7 2 31 .909 2.14 867
42 Esche, RobertRobert Esche 25 30 12 9 3 2 60 .903 2.20 1638 1 0 0 0 1 .929 2.00 30

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Notes Ref
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Ken Hitchcock (Coach) Assistant coach of Eastern Conference [10]
Jeremy Roenick
William M. Jennings Trophy Roman Cechmanek Co-winners with New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur [11]
Robert Esche
Team awards[12]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Eric Desjardins
Bobby Clarke Trophy Roman Cechmanek
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Donald Brashear
Toyota Cup Keith Primeau
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Robert Esche

Records[edit]

Individual single season records
Record Total Player
Goals against average 1.83 Roman Cechmanek
Individual regular season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Goals scored John LeClair 4 October 15, 2002 at Montreal Canadiens
(tied 15 times)
Team regular season single game records
Record Total Date and opponent
Fastest opening two goals 31 seconds October 26, 2002 at New York Islanders
(goals scored by Justin Williams and Michal Handzus)

Milestones[edit]

Individual career milestones[13]
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
1,000th game played Jeremy Roenick November 16, 2002
1,000th game played Eric Desjardins December 18, 2002
600th assist Jeremy Roenick Secondary assist on Eric Desjardins' even-strength goal at 6:49 of the third period January 9, 2003 [14]
1,000th game played Eric Weinrich March 31, 2003

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 14, 2002, the day after the deciding game of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 9, 2003, the day of the deciding game of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals.[15]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 18, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 2003
conditional 5th-round pick in 2004[a]
To Edmonton Oilers
Jiri Dopita
[16]
June 21, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
1st-round pick in 2002
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Ruslan Fedotenko
Tampa Bay's 2nd-round pick in 2002
Phoenix's 2nd-round pick in 2002
[17]
June 22, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2002
3rd-round pick in 2003
To Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina's 3rd-round pick in 2002
[18]
June 23, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
5th-round pick in 2003
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Vancouver's 6th-round pick in 2002
7th-round pick in 2002
[19]
December 6, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
Marcus Ragnarsson
To San Jose Sharks
Dan McGillis
[20]
December 19, 2002 To Philadelphia Flyers
conditional draft pick in 2004[b]
To Phoenix Coyotes
Paul Ranheim
[21]
January 22, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Jamie Wright
To Calgary Flames
future considerations
[22]
January 29, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Eric Chouinard
To Montreal Canadiens
2nd-round pick in 2003
[23]
February 5, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Todd Warriner
To Vancouver Canucks
conditional draft pick[c]
[24]
February 7, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2003
To Colorado Avalanche
Chris McAllister
[24]
February 7, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Bast
Sami Kapanen
To Carolina Hurricanes
Pavel Brendl
Bruno St. Jacques
[25]
March 1, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Dmitri Yushkevich
To Los Angeles Kings
4th-round pick in 2003
7th-round pick in 2004
[26]
March 9, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Lapointe
To New York Islanders
5th-round pick in 2003
[27]
March 10, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Tony Amonte
To Phoenix Coyotes
Guillaume Lefebvre
Atlanta's 3rd-round pick in 2003
2nd-round pick in 2004
[28]
March 11, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
Peter White
To Chicago Blackhawks
future considerations
[29]
May 28, 2003 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd-round pick in 2004
To Los Angeles Kings
Roman Cechmanek
[30]
Trade notes
  • a Condition not met. The Flyers would have received the Oilers' 2004 fifth-round pick if Dopita re-signed with Edmonton for the 2003–04 season.[16] Dopita returned to Europe after being released by Edmonton on February 3, 2003.[31]
  • b Condition not met. The Flyers would have received a late round draft pick (sixth-to-eighth-round pick) if the Coyotes re-signed Ranheim for the 2003–04 season.[32]
  • c Condition not met.

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
July 2, 2002 Ian MacNeil Carolina Hurricanes * [33]
July 14, 2002 Andre Savage Vancouver Canucks * [34]
January 15, 2003 Joe Sacco Washington Capitals 1 year, $250,000 [35]
January 27, 2003 Mike Siklenka Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) 1 year* [36]

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Contract details Ref
July 12, 2002 Donald Brashear 4 years, $8 million [37]
July 12, 2002 Todd Fedoruk 3 years [37]
August 8, 2002 Neil Little multi-year* [38]
August 8, 2002 John Slaney multi-year* [38]
September 11, 2002 Simon Gagne 2 years, $4.7 million [39]
February 15, 2003 Marcus Ragnarsson 2 years, $6.5 million extension [40]

Entry level contracts[edit]

The following players — Flyers draft picks, undrafted free agents, and the unsigned draft picks of other teams — were signed by the Flyers to entry level contracts.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
June 25, 2002 Jeff Woywitka Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 2001 1st-round pick 3 years [41]
July 14, 2002 Jeff Smith Red Deer Rebels (WHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years [42]
May 21, 2003 Nick Deschenes Yale University (ECAC Hockey) Undrafted free agent [43]
May 21, 2003 Freddy Meyer Boston University (Hockey East) Undrafted free agent [43]

NHL Waiver Draft[edit]

The 2002 NHL Waiver Draft was held on October 4, 2002.[44] Each NHL team placed 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders on a protected list from which the other teams could not select.[44] First-year professional players were exempt.[44] The Flyers were not involved in any selections during the draft.[44]

The Flyers protected the following players:[45] goaltenders Roman Cechmanek and Neil Little, defensemen Eric Desjardins, Kim Johnsson, Chris McAllister, Dan McGillis, Chris Therien, and Eric Weinrich, and forwards Donald Brashear, Todd Fedoruk, Simon Gagne, Mark Greig, Michal Handzus, Kirby Law, John LeClair, Marty Murray, Keith Primeau, Paul Ranheim, Mark Recchi, and Jeremy Roenick.

The Flyers left the following players unprotected:[45] defensemen David Harlock, John Slaney, and Brad Tiley, and forwards Tomas Divisek, Ian MacNeil, Andre Savage, and Pete Vandermeer.

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from Ref
January 1, 2003 Tomi Kallio Philadelphia Flyers Columbus Blue Jackets [46]
March 11, 2003 Todd Warriner Nashville Predators Philadelphia Flyers [29]

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 Notes Ref
July 1, 2002 Adam Oates Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Free agency [47]
July 4, 2002 Luke Richardson Columbus Blue Jackets Free agency [48]
July 15, 2002 Greg Koehler Nashville Predators Free agency [49]
July 23, 2002 Tomas Divisek HC Pardubice (CZE) Free agency Flyers retained NHL rights [50]
July 25, 2002 Mark Freer Hershey Bears (AHL) Free agency [51]
July 27, 2002 Vaclav Pletka Ocelari Trinec (CZE) Free agency Flyers retained NHL rights [52]
August 9, 2002 Mike Watt Carolina Hurricanes Free agency [53]
N/A Yves Sarault Springfield Falcons (AHL) Free agency [54]
N/A Rick Tocchet Retirement No official announcement [55]
January 16, 2003 Tomi Kallio* Frolunda HC (Elitserien) Release Signed with Frolunda on January 24 [35][56]
May 28, 2003 Mark Greig* Hamburg Freezers (DEL) Free agency Contract for the 2003–04 season [57]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on June 22–23, 2002.[58]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2002 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA Notes
1 4 Pitkanen, JoniJoni Pitkanen Defense  Finland Karpat (SM-liiga) 535 57 225 282 484 &
&
&
&
[a]
4 105 Ruggeri, RosarioRosario Ruggeri Defense  Canada Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[c]
4 126 Baranov, KonstantinKonstantin Baranov Forward  Russia Mechel Chelyabinsk (RUS) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
5 161 Grumet-Morris, DovDov Grumet-Morris Goaltender  United States Harvard University (ECAC Hockey) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
6 192 Korovkin, NikitaNikita Korovkin Defense  Russia Kamloops Blazers (WHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[b]
6 193 Mormina, JoeyJoey Mormina Defense  Canada Colgate University (ECAC Hockey) 1 0 0 0 0 &
&
&
&
7 201 Brunelle, MathieuMathieu Brunelle Left Wing  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[d]
Draft notes[59]
  • a The Flyers acquired the 4th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ruslan Fedotenko, the Lightning's second-round pick and the Phoenix Coyotes' second-round pick on June 21, 2002.
  • The Flyers traded Maxime Ouellet, their first, 26th overall, second, 59th overall, and third-round picks, 92nd overall, to the Washington Capitals for Adam Oates on March 19, 2002.
  • The Flyers traded their 2001 fourth and seventh-round picks as well as a 2001 fifth-round compensatory pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Lightning's third-round pick, 68th overall, on June 24, 2001. The Flyers traded the Lightning's pick and Jan Hlavac to the Vancouver Canucks for Donald Brashear and the Canucks' sixth-round pick, 184th overall, on December 17, 2001. The Flyers traded the Canucks' pick and their seventh-round pick, 225th overall, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Blue Jackets' 2003 fifth-round pick on June 23, 2002.
  • The Flyers traded Andy Delmore to the Nashville Predators for the Predators' third-round pick, 70th overall, on July 31, 2001. The Flyers traded the Predators' pick and Brian Boucher to the Phoenix Coyotes for Robert Esche and Michal Handzus on June 12, 2002.
  • b The Flyers traded their 2001 fourth-round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for the Hurricanes' third-round pick, 91st overall, on June 24, 2001. The Flyers traded the Hurricanes' pick back to Carolina for the Hurricanes' sixth-round pick, 192nd overall, and the Hurricanes' 2003 third-round pick on June 22, 2002.
  • c The Flyers traded Dean McAmmond to the Calgary Flames for the Flames' fourth-round pick, 105th overall, on June 24, 2001.
  • d The Flyers traded their ninth-round pick, 287th overall, and their 2001 eighth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Lightning's seventh-round pick, 201st overall, on June 24, 2001.
  • The Flyers traded their eighth-round pick, 256th overall, to the Carolina Hurricanes for Paul Ranheim on May 31, 2000.

Farm teams[edit]

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL[2][60] and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[3]

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