1998–99 NHL season
The 1998–99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. The Dallas Stars finished first in regular season play, and won the Stanley Cup championship over the Buffalo Sabres on a controversial triple overtime goal by Brett Hull.
|1998–99 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 9, 1998 – June 19, 1999|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||27|
|Top draft pick||Vincent Lecavalier|
|Picked by||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Presidents' Trophy||Dallas Stars|
|Season MVP||Jaromir Jagr (Penguins)|
|Top scorer||Jaromir Jagr (Penguins)|
|Eastern champions||Buffalo Sabres|
|Eastern runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Western champions||Dallas Stars|
|Western runners-up||Colorado Avalanche|
|Playoffs MVP||Joe Nieuwendyk (Stars)|
With the addition of the expansion Nashville Predators, the NHL realigned this year to a strictly geographic six-division structure (three per conference), erasing the last vestiges of the traditional four-division structure (Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe) abandoned in 1993–94 (The four-division structure would return, without the traditional division names, in 2013–14). Other than the necessary reassignment of Colorado to the Western Conference in 1995 due to its two-thousand mile (over 3,200 km) move west from Quebec, the divisions' membership had remained static for five years although several franchises had relocated. As part of this realignment, the Toronto Maple Leafs moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference. This put three of the Original Six teams in the Northeast Division (Boston, Montreal and Toronto), and the three original cities of the NHL in the Northeast (Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto).
This was the final season that Fox televised NHL games in the United States. It was also the final season for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens, before moving to the Air Canada Centre in February and marked Toronto's first post-season appearance since the 1995–96 season. 1998–99 was also the final year that the Carolina Hurricanes played at Greensboro Coliseum; they moved to the brand-new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh for the next season. The Colorado Avalanche played their fourth and final season at McNichols Sports Arena and would move to Pepsi Center the following season. The Los Angeles Kings played their final season at the Great Western Forum after 32 seasons before moving to the Staples Center for the next season. Because Great Western Bank ceased to exist two seasons prior, the arena name was replaced by the team name on center ice, in anticipation of the move.
In an effort to reduce the number of disallowed goals due to the skate-in-the-crease violation, the goal crease size was significantly reduced. In spite of this, goaltenders and defensive systems continued to dominate the league, as only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils, averaged more than three goals scored per game. In addition, no player reached the 50-goal plateau. A total of 160 shutouts were recorded for the second-straight regular season.
|1||1||New Jersey Devils||82||47||24||11||248||196||105|
|4||10||New York Rangers||82||33||38||11||217||227||77|
|5||13||New York Islanders||82||24||48||10||194||244||58|
|2||4||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||45||30||7||268||231||1095||97|
|4||14||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||19||54||9||179||292||1316||47|
|1||y – New Jersey Devils||ATL||82||47||24||11||248||196||105|
|2||y – Ottawa Senators||NE||82||44||23||15||239||179||103|
|3||y – Carolina Hurricanes||SE||82||34||30||18||210||202||86|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||45||30||7||268||231||97|
|10||New York Rangers||ATL||82||33||38||11||217||227||77|
|13||New York Islanders||ATL||82||24||48||10||194||244||58|
|14||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||19||54||9||179||292||47|
Divisions: ATL - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division
bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division
|1||3||Detroit Red Wings||82||43||32||7||245||202||1202||93|
|2||5||St. Louis Blues||82||37||32||13||237||209||1308||87|
|3||6||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||35||34||13||215||206||83|
|4||7||San Jose Sharks||82||31||33||18||196||191||80|
|5||11||Los Angeles Kings||82||32||45||5||189||222||69|
|1||p – Dallas Stars||PAC||82||51||19||12||236||168||114|
|2||y – Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||44||28||10||239||205||98|
|3||y – Detroit Red Wings||CEN||82||43||32||7||245||202||93|
|5||St. Louis Blues||CEN||82||37||32||13||237||209||87|
|6||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||82||35||34||13||215||206||83|
|7||San Jose Sharks||PAC||82||31||33||18||196||191||80|
|11||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||82||32||45||5||189||222||69|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division
Stanley Cup FinalEdit
The teams split the first two games, held in Dallas, then split the following two games in Buffalo. In the fifth game, Dallas shut out Buffalo to put the Sabres on the brink of elimination. Game six was held in Buffalo and it went to triple-overtime before being decided on a controversial goal scored by Brett Hull while he was in the goal crease. Joe Nieuwendyk of Dallas was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.
|Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres|
|June 8||Buffalo||3 – 2||Dallas||OT|
|June 10||Buffalo||2 – 4||Dallas|
|June 12||Dallas||2 – 1||Buffalo|
|June 15||Dallas||1 – 2||Buffalo|
|June 17||Buffalo||0 – 2||Dallas|
|June 19||Dallas||2 – 1||Buffalo||3OT|
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Final|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
- During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
|Jaromir Jagr||Pittsburgh Penguins||81||44||83||127||66|
|Teemu Selanne||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||75||47||60||107||30|
|Paul Kariya||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||39||62||101||40|
|Peter Forsberg||Colorado Avalanche||78||30||67||97||108|
|Joe Sakic||Colorado Avalanche||73||41||55||96||29|
|Alexei Yashin||Ottawa Senators||82||44||50||94||54|
|Eric Lindros||Philadelphia Flyers||71||40||53||93||120|
|Theoren Fleury||Calgary Flames /Colorado Avalanche||75||40||53||93||86|
|John LeClair||Philadelphia Flyers||76||43||47||90||30|
|Pavol Demitra||St. Louis Blues||82||37||52||89||16|
|Steve Shields||San Jose||37||2162||80||4||2.22|
|Mike Vernon||San Jose||49||2831||107||4||2.27|
- Boston Bruins: Pat Burns
- Buffalo Sabres: Lindy Ruff
- Carolina Hurricanes: Paul Maurice
- Florida Panthers: Terry Murray
- Montreal Canadiens: Alain Vigneault
- New Jersey Devils: Robbie Ftorek
- New York Islanders: Mike Milbury and Bill Stewart
- New York Rangers: John Muckler
- Ottawa Senators: Jacques Martin
- Philadelphia Flyers: Roger Neilson
- Pittsburgh Penguins: Kevin Constantine
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Jacques Demers
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Pat Quinn
- Washington Capitals: Ron Wilson
- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Craig Hartsburg
- Calgary Flames: Brian Sutter
- Chicago Blackhawks: Dirk Graham
- Colorado Avalanche: Bob Hartley
- Dallas Stars: Ken Hitchcock
- Detroit Red Wings: Scotty Bowman
- Edmonton Oilers: Ron Low
- Los Angeles Kings: Larry Robinson
- Nashville Predators: Barry Trotz
- Phoenix Coyotes: Jim Schoenfeld
- San Jose Sharks: Darryl Sutter
- St. Louis Blues: Joel Quenneville
- Vancouver Canucks: Mike Keenan
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1998–99 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Martin St. Louis, Calgary Flames
- Jean-Pierre Dumont, Chicago Blackhawks
- Chris Drury, Colorado Avalanche
- Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche
- Tom Poti, Edmonton Oilers
- Dan Boyle, Florida Panthers
- Jason Blake, Los Angeles Kings
- David Legwand, Nashville Predators
- Karlis Skrastins, Nashville Predators
- Kimmo Timonen, Nashville Predators
- John Madden, New Jersey Devils
- Eric Brewer, New York Islanders
- Sami Salo, Ottawa Senators
- Brent Johnson, St. Louis Blues
- Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Dmitri Tertyshny, Philadelphia Flyers
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1998–99 (listed with their last team):
|Dave Babych||Los Angeles Kings||2-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Brian Bellows||Washington Capitals||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, 3-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Jeff Beukeboom||New York Rangers||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and the Rangers.|
|Jim Carey||St. Louis Blues||Vezina Trophy winner.|
|Bobby Carpenter||New Jersey Devils||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils, 1-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Dino Ciccarelli||Florida Panthers||4-time NHL All-Star, over 1200 games played.|
|Russ Courtnall||Los Angeles Kings||Over 1000 games played.|
|John Cullen||Tampa Bay Lightning||Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.|
|Wayne Gretzky||New York Rangers||4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers, 18-time NHL All-Star, 10-time Art Ross Trophy winner, 9-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, 5-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, 5-time Lester B. Pearson Award winner, 2-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.|
|Ron Hextall||Philadelphia Flyers||Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Vezina Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.|
|Dale Hunter||Colorado Avalanche||1-time NHL All-Star, over 1400 games played.|
|Petr Klíma||Detroit Red Wings||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers.|
|Joe Kocur||Detroit Red Wings||3-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers and Red Wings.|
|Doug Lidster||Dallas Stars||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers.|
|Craig Ludwig||Dallas Stars||Over 1200 games played.|
|Jamie Macoun||Detroit Red Wings||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames and Red Wings, over 1100 games played.|
|Dana Murzyn||Vancouver Canucks||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames.|
|Bernie Nicholls||San Jose Sharks||Over 1100 games played.|
|Warren Rychel||Colorado Avalanche||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche.|
|Kjell Samuelsson||Tampa Bay Lightning||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|Tomas Sandström||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, Olympic bronze medalist.|
- Trading Deadline: March 23, 1999 
- March 23, 1999: Nashville traded RW Blair Atcheynum to St. Louis for a sixth-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Calgary traded D Chris O'Sullivan to NY Rangers for D Lee Sorochan.
- March 23, 1999: Detroit traded G Kevin Hodson and San Jose’s second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired) to Tampa Bay for LW Wendel Clark and Detroit’s sixth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
- March 23, 1999: Washington traded C Dale Hunter and a third-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft to Colorado for a second-round pick in the 1999 or 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Florida traded D Rhett Warrener and a fifth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft to Buffalo for D Mike Wilson.
- March 23, 1999: Calgary traded RW Greg Pankewicz to San Jose for future considerations.
- March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded C Yanic Perreault to Toronto for C Jason Podollan and a third-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Edmonton traded RW Kevin Brown to NY Rangers for LW Vladimir Vorobiev.
- March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded G Bill Ranford to Detroit for a conditional draft pick.
- March 23, 1999: Chicago traded D Chris Chelios to Detroit for 1999 and 2001 first round draft picks (D Steve McCarthy and G Adam Munro)
- March 23, 1999: Montreal traded C Vincent Damphousse to San Jose for a fifth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a conditional draft pick or picks in the 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Vancouver traded C Peter Zezel to Anaheim for future considerations.
- March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded D Steve Duchesne to Philadelphia for D Dave Babych and a fifth-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D Stan Neckar to Phoenix for D Jason Doig and a sixth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D Ulf Samuelsson to Detroit for a second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Toronto traded D Jason Smith to Edmonton for a fourth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Buffalo traded C Derek Plante to Dallas for a second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
- March 23, 1999: Washington traded LW Craig Berube to Philadelphia for future considerations.
- March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded D Sami Helenius to Colorado for a conditional draft pick.
- March 23, 1999: Phoenix traded C Jean-Francois Jomphe to Montreal for future considerations.
- March 23, 1999: Chicago traded RW Nelson Emerson to Ottawa for RW Chris Murray.
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