2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers season
The 2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 41st season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers went from the worst team in the league during the previous season to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games.
|2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers|
|General Manager||Paul Holmgren|
|Alternate captains||Simon Gagne|
|Average attendance||19,556 (100.2%)|
|Minor league affiliate(s)||Philadelphia Phantoms|
|Goals||Danny Briere (31)|
|Assists||Mike Richards (47)|
|Points||Mike Richards (75)|
|Penalties in minutes||Riley Cote (202)|
|Plus/minus||Braydon Coburn (+17)|
|Wins||Martin Biron (30)|
|Goals against average||Martin Biron (2.59)|
In June, the Flyers made a trade which sent the first round draft pick they had acquired in the Peter Forsberg trade (23rd overall) back to the Nashville Predators for the rights to negotiate with impending unrestricted free agents Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell. Both were signed to six-year contracts.
Due to having the NHL's worst record during the 2006–07 season, the Flyers had the best chance to claim the first overall pick in the draft lottery. However, the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery and jumped up to the first overall selection, relegating the Flyers to the 2nd overall pick. After much speculation as to whether the Flyers would trade the pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers stayed put and selected New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk.
The Flyers wasted no time in addressing their free agent needs. On July 1, the Flyers signed Buffalo Sabres center Danny Briere to an eight-year, $52 million contract. Continuing to revamp their defensive core, defenseman Joni Pitkanen and forward Geoff Sanderson were traded to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Jason Smith and forward Joffrey Lupul. Smith was named Flyers captain on October 1.
The season began in the image of the Broad Street Bullies era, with multiple-game suspensions handed out to five separate players, the most serious being 20- and 25-game suspensions to Steve Downie and Jesse Boulerice, respectively, for two separate incidents. A 7–3 start in October and a 9–3–1 January run had the Flyers near the top of both the division and conference standings. However, a disastrous ten-game losing streak in February, reminiscent of such a streak the previous season, nearly derailed the Flyers' season. An 8–3–4 run in March coupled with two vital wins over the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins over the final weekend of the regular season put the Flyers back in the playoffs as the sixth seed and set for a first round matchup with the Washington Capitals.
|1||y – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||47||27||8||247||216||102|
|2||New Jersey Devils||82||46||29||7||206||197||99|
|3||New York Rangers||82||42||27||13||213||199||97|
|5||New York Islanders||82||35||38||9||194||243||79|
|1||z – Montreal Canadiens||NE||82||47||25||10||262||222||104|
|2||y – Pittsburgh Penguins||AT||82||47||27||8||247||216||102|
|3||y – Washington Capitals||SE||82||43||31||8||242||231||94|
|4||New Jersey Devils||AT||82||46||29||7||206||197||99|
|5||New York Rangers||AT||82||42||27||13||213||199||97|
|12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||36||35||11||231||260||83|
|13||New York Islanders||AT||82||35||38||9||194||243||79|
|15||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||31||42||9||223||267||71|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)
After taking a three games to one series lead over Washington, the Capitals won Games 5 and 6 to force a Game 7 in Washington. The Flyers won the series in overtime on Joffrey Lupul's power play goal. The Flyers then drew a matchup with the heavily-favored Montreal Canadiens in the second round. Despite being outshot the majority of the series, the Flyers upset Montreal in five games and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003–04 to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before the start of the series, the Flyers suffered a fatal blow when it was learned that defenseman Kimmo Timonen was out with a blood clot in his ankle. Coupled with a gruesome facial injury to Braydon Coburn in Game 2, Pittsburgh ran roughshod over the Flyers' depleted defense and jumped out to a 3–0 series lead. The Flyers won Game 4 at home to stave off elimination, and although Timonen returned for Game 5, Pittsburgh finished off the Flyers in five games.
Schedule and resultsEdit
Legend: Win Loss Overtime/shootout loss
|2007–08 Regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
|2008 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
- Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
- = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
- = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|20||R. J. Umberger||25||C||74||13||37||50||0||19||17||10||5||15||7||10|
Awards and recordsEdit
|Award or honor||Recipient||Ref|
|NHL 1st Star of the Week||Martin Biron (October 22)|||
|Danny Briere (November 26)|||
|NHL 3rd Star of the Week||Joffrey Lupul (December 17)|||
|Scott Hartnell (January 14)|||
|Scott Hartnell (January 21)|||
|Mike Knuble (March 3)|||
|Selected to NHL All-Star Game||Mike Richards|||
|Barry Ashbee Trophy||Kimmo Timonen|
|Bobby Clarke Trophy||Mike Richards|
|Gene Hart Memorial Award||Mike Richards|
|Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy||Braydon Coburn|
|Toyota Cup||Martin Biron|
|Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award||Martin Biron|
|Goals scored||Period||3[a]||Danny Briere||11/21/2007||Carolina Hurricanes|||
|Saves||Game||54||Antero Niittymaki||1/5/2008||Toronto Maple Leafs|||
|Powerplay goals scored||Game||3[b]||Scott Hartnell||1/19/2008||New York Islanders|||
|Denis Tolpeko||1st NHL game||October 4, 2007|
|Randy Jones||100th NHL game||October 6, 2007|
|Simon Gagne||400th NHL point||October 20, 2007|
|Scottie Upshall||100th NHL game||November 8, 2007|
|100th NHL game||November 10, 2007|
|Danny Briere||500th NHL game||November 12, 2007|
|Denis Tolpeko||1st NHL goal
1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
|November 15, 2007|
|Riley Cote||1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
|November 15, 2007|
|Jeff Carter||100th NHL PIM||November 15, 2007|
|Danny Briere||400th NHL point||November 21, 2007|
|Ben Eager||300th NHL PIM||November 26, 2007|
|Steve Downie||1st NHL game||December 5, 2007|
|Danny Briere||400th NHL PIM||December 5, 2007|
|Rory Fitzpatrick||200th NHL PIM||December 7, 2007|
|Kimmo Timonen||600th NHL game||December 7, 2007|
|Steve Downie||1st NHL goal||January 5, 2008|
|Scott Hartnell||100th NHL goal||January 8, 2008|
|R. J. Umberger||100th NHL point||January 24, 2008|
|Sami Kapanen||800th NHL game||January 24, 2008|
|Riley Cote||1st NHL goal||February 17, 2008|
|Claude Giroux||1st NHL game||February 19, 2008|
The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 7, 2007, the day after the deciding game of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 4, 2008, the day of the deciding game of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.
|June 18, 2007||To Philadelphia Flyers
rights to Scott Hartnell
rights to Kimmo Timonen
|To Nashville Predators
Nashville's 1st-round pick in 2007
|June 23, 2007||To Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina's 2nd-round pick in 2007
|To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2008
Nashville's 3rd-round pick in 2007
|July 1, 2007||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Edmonton Oilers
3rd-round pick in 2009
|December 10, 2007||To Philadelphia Flyers
conditional 7th-round pick in 2009[c]
|To Dallas Stars
|December 18, 2007||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Chicago Blackhawks
|February 19, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Los Angeles Kings
3rd-round pick in 2008
|February 20, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 2009
|To Calgary Flames
|February 25, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Tampa Bay Lightning
2nd-round pick in 2009
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Contract details||Ref|
|July 1, 2007||Danny Briere||Buffalo Sabres||8 years, $52 million|||
|October 3, 2007||Jesse Boulerice||Albany River Rats (AHL)||1 year, $475,000|||
|October 3, 2007||Jim Dowd||New Jersey Devils||1 year, $500,000|||
|October 9, 2007||Rory Fitzpatrick||Vancouver Canucks||1 year, $550,000|||
|April 8, 2008||Jared Ross||Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)||1 year, $500,000*|||
The following players were re-signed by the Flyers. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).
|June 8, 2007||Lars Jonsson||1 year, $600,000*|||
|June 14, 2007||Antero Niittymaki||2 years, $2.54 million|||
|July 1, 2007||Scott Hartnell||6 years, $25.2 million||Acquired in June 18 trade|||
|July 1, 2007||Kimmo Timonen||6 years, $37.8 million||Acquired in June 18 trade|||
|July 25, 2007||Riley Cote||1 year, $500,000*|||
|July 25, 2007||Boyd Kane||2 years, $1 million*|||
|November 28, 2007||Braydon Coburn||2 years, $2.6 million extension|||
|December 13, 2007||Mike Richards||12 years, $69 million extension|||
Entry level contractsEdit
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|
|July 23, 2007||Claude Giroux||Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)||2006 1st-round pick||3 years, $2.55 million|||
|November 1, 2007||Patrick Maroon||London Knights (OHL)||2007 6th-round pick||3 years, $1.637 million|||
|March 19, 2008||Rob Bellamy||Maine Black Bears (HE)||2004 3rd-round pick||2 years, $1.065 million|||
|March 19, 2008||Matt Clackson||Western Michigan Broncos (CCHA)||2005 7th-round pick||2 years, $1.015 million|||
|March 19, 2008||Michael Teslak||Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)||Undrafted free agent||2 years, $1.85 million|||
|March 30, 2008||Jon Kalinski||Minnesota State Mavericks (WCHA)||2007 6th-round pick||3 years, $2.625 million|||
|April 4, 2008||Andreas Nodl||St. Cloud State Huskies (WCHA)||2006 2nd-round pick||3 years, $2.55 million|||
|April 4, 2008||Mike Ratchuk||Michigan State Spartans (CCHA)||2006 2nd-round pick||3 years, $2.55 million|||
|May 9, 2008||Garrett Klotz||Saskatoon Blades (WHL)||2007 3rd-round pick||3 years, $2.4 million|||
|May 9, 2008||Darroll Powe||Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)||Undrafted free agent||2 years, $1.04 million|||
The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.
|Date||Player||Claimed by||Claimed from||Ref|
|February 22, 2008||Patrick Thoresen||Philadelphia Flyers||Edmonton Oilers|||
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Notes||Ref|
|July 3, 2007||Brad Tapper||Iserlohn Roosters (DEL)||Free agency|||
|July 6, 2007||Denis Hamel||Binghamton Senators (AHL)||Free agency|||
|July 9, 2007||Todd Fedoruk||Dallas Stars||Free agency|||
|July 9, 2007||Mike York||Phoenix Coyotes||Free agency|||
|July 13, 2007||Niko Dimitrakos||Ottawa Senators||Free agency|||
|July 16, 2007||Mark Cullen||Detroit Red Wings||Free agency|||
|August 1, 2007||Dmitri Afanasenkov||Dynamo Moscow (RSL)||Free agency|||
|N/A||Eric Meloche||Straubing Tigers (DEL)||Free agency|||
|October 18, 2007||Robert Esche||Ak Bars Kazan (RSL)||Free agency|||
|May 15, 2008||Lars Jonsson*||Brynäs IF (Elitserien)||Free agency|||
|May 29, 2008||Denis Tolpeko*||Dynamo Moscow (KHL)||Free agency||Flyers retained NHL rights|||
|June 3, 2008||Sami Kapanen*||KalPa (SM-liiga)||Retirement||Retired from NHL|||
Philadelphia's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on June 22–23, 2007. The Flyers traded their original second, third, and fourth-round picks in three different trades.
|1||2||James van Riemsdyk||Left Wing||United States||U.S. NTDP (NAHL)||609||201||192||393||281||&
|2||41||Kevin Marshall||Defense||Canada||Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)||10||0||0||0||8||&
|3||66||Garrett Klotz||Left Wing||Canada||Saskatoon Blades (WHL)||&
|5||122||Mario Kempe||Right Wing||Sweden||St. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL)||18||2||2||4||4||&
|6||152||Jon Kalinski||Left Wing||Canada||Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)||22||1||4||5||0||&
|6||161||Patrick Maroon||Left Wing||United States||London Knights (OHL)||375||78||100||178||451||&
|7||182||Brad Phillips||Goaltender||United States||U.S. NTDP (NAHL)||&
The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. The Phantoms, with Craig Berube returning as head coach, finished second in their division and won their first round playoff series against the Albany River Rats in seven games. They lost in the second round to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in five games. In their first and only season as the Flyers ECHL affiliate, the Nailers finished last in their division and missed the playoffs.
- Tied nine times by eight different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
- Tied four times by three different players. See List of Philadelphia Flyers records.
- Condition not met.
- The Flyers traded their 2008 second-round pick and the Nashville Predators' third-round pick, 84th overall, to the Washington Capitals for the Carolina Hurricanes' second-round pick, 41st overall, on June 23, 2007.
- The Flyers traded Kyle Calder to the Chicago Blackhawks for Lasse Kukkonen and the Blackhawks' third-round pick, 66th overall, on February 26, 2007.
- The Flyers traded Jon Sim to the Florida Panthers for the Panthers' sixth-round pick, 161st overall, on January 23, 2006.
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