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Philadelphia Flyers
Team Page | 2000-2001 Schedule | Roster | 1999-2000 Player Stats
On this page: Comings | Goings | Prospect Watch | Get the Highlighter | Quoteworthy

 
1999-2000 Stat Leaders
Stat  Leader  No. 
Goals  John LeClair  40 
Assists  Mark Recchi  63 
Points  Mark Recchi  91 
+/-  Mark Recchi  20 
   Eric Dejardins  20 
Shots  John LeClair  249 
Ice Time (F)  Eric Lindros  22:01 
Ice Time (D)  Eric Dejardins  27:00 
Faceoff Pct.  Rod Brind’Amour  60.48% 
Hits  Daniel McGillis  264 
PP Pts  Mark Recchi  39 
SH Pts  Mark Recchi 
   Jody Hull  2  
 

Talk about your roller coasters. The Flyers began last season 0-5-1, but entered Y2K 22-11-6 and went on to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win on the final day of the season. Along the way they endured the loss of a young defenseman in a boating accident; good-guy coach Roger Neilson's cancer diagnosis, his subsequent treatment and eventual replacement; Eric Lindros concussions, not to mention the accompanying soap opera, us-vs.-them melodrama and genuine threats to his career those concussions spawned; and a bloodless coup in the goaltending department. Persevering through it all, the Flyers still entered the playoffs as an underdog on the street until dispatching Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia's Eastern Conference final was an emotional up-and-down affair, too. The Flyers lost Game 1, rallied for an improbable Game 2 win and pulled out to a 3-1 series lead over New Jersey, before the Devils worked an even more improbable rally of their own.

For more on the Flyers, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.

BRIGHT SPOTS   GRAY AREAS
  • Brian Boucher didn't crack during the playoffs.
  • John LeClair is signed -- at $7 million -- through the end of the season.
  • Players seemed energized when the bench duties fell to Craig Ramsay, who begins his first season as NHL head coach.
  • Beyond what he's worth as trade bait or as compensation if he signs an offer sheet, no one will be wondering about Eric Lindros. He's out. Period.
  • A good push from the youngsters. Simon Gagne had a banner rookie season and Daymond Langkow is coming off his first 50-point season. Andy Delmore proved in the playoffs that he could add a spark from the blue line.
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  • No steadying presence of John Vanbiesbrouck (25-15-9, 2.20 GAA) if Boucher does crack. He'll be backed up by a rookie.
  • John LeClair is signed only through the end of this season and will probably hear trade rumors all season.
  • Gagne has been troubled by a groin injury since the third day of training camp.
  • Second-year man Boucher will be backed up by 19-year-old rookie Maxime Ouellet.
  • More rookies to test in the lineup: winger Justin Williams (also 19) and center Petr Hubacek start with the big club, too. The team must decide after 10 games whether to send Ouellet and Williams back to their junior teams, but Hubacek, at 21, can play in the AHL.
  • Comings
    Player  Pos.  From  Via 
    Brian Boucher  Philadelphia  Re-signed  
    Jesse Boulerice  RW  Philadelphia  Re-signed 
    Andy Delmore  Phildelphia  Re-signed 
    Jody Hull  RW  Philadelphia  Re-signed 
    John LeClair  LW  Philadelphia  Re-signed 
    Steve McLaren  Philadelphia  Re-signed 
    Rob Murray  Edmonton  Free agent 
    Michel Picard  LW  Edmonton  Free agent 
    Derek Plante  Chicago  Free agent 
    Kevin Stevens  LW  N.Y. Rangers  Free agent 
    Michal Sykora  Tampa Bay  Free agent 
    Brad Tiley  Phoenix  Free agent 
    Rick Tocchet  RW  Philadelphia  Re-signed  
     
    Goings
    Player  Pos.  To  Via 
    Artem Anisimov  Minnesota  Expansion 
    Craig Berube  LW  Washington  Free agent 
    Adam Burt  Atlanta  Free agent 
    Mark Janssens  Chicago  Free agent 
    Mike Maneluk  LW  Columbus  Free agent 
    Jim Montgomery  San Jose  Free agent 
    Martin Streit  LW  Columbus  Expansion 
    Jeff Tory  Dallas  Free agent 
    Todd White  Ottawa  Free agent 
    Valeri Zelepukin  Chicago  Free agent 
     
    Prospect Watch
    Tomas Divisek, C, 6' 2", 204
    Born: July 17, 1979 in Most, Czech Republic
    Acquired: 1998 entry draft (No. 195 overall)

    There aren't a lot of openings as camp opens at a new faciltiy in Voorhees, N.J., but Divisek, who scored 18 goals and 49 points in his first AHL season with the Phantoms, is an option. Divisek is listed as a center but can also play on the wing. Goaltender Maxime Ouellet (the best goaltender in the QMJHL this past season) and right winger Justin Willaims (37 goals in Plymouth of the OHL in 1999-2000) are considered potential building blocks for the future, and each will get a least short looks at the start of the regular season after pleasantly surprising in camp.

    Get the Highlighter
    Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Vancouver. Perhaps the Sedin twins will play in this, the Flyers season-opener.
    Wednesday, Nov. 1 at New Jersey. Philadelphia waits until November to gain a measure of revenge on the Eastern Conference champs.
    Thursday, Feb. 15 vs. Toronto. If Lindros is cleared to play in December and ends up in Toronto, this would be the first time Eric comes to town.

    Quoteworthy
    "With Eric, every little injury became bigger than what it was, bigger than the team. But now we just want to play hockey. We don't need any of that stuff anymore."
    —Bob Clarke

    Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.

     
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