2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 7th Eastern
2009–10 record 41–35–6
Home record 24–14–3
Road record 17–21–3
Goals for 236 (10th)
Goals against 225 (14th)
Team information
General Manager Paul Holmgren
Coach John Stevens
(to Dec 4)
Peter Laviolette
(from Dec 4)
Captain Mike Richards
Alternate captains Jeff Carter
Simon Gagne
Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,535 (100.2%)1
Minor league affiliations Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)2
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)3
Quad City Mallards (IHL)4
Team leaders
Goals Jeff Carter (33)
Assists Chris Pronger (45)
Points Mike Richards (62)
Penalties in minutes Daniel Carcillo (207)
Plus/minus Chris Pronger (+22)
Wins Ray Emery (16)
Michael Leighton (16)
Goals against average Michael Leighton (2.48)
<2008–09 2010–11>

The 2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 43rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Flyers began the 2009–10 season with some major changes, allowing goaltenders Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki to depart via free agency, replacing them with former Ottawa Senators netminder Ray Emery and former Flyer Brian Boucher, and significantly upgrading the defense with the addition of Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks. Pronger came at a price, costing the Flyers Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and the Flyers' 1st-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010. The season began in earnest but soon began to unravel with mediocre play that cost John Stevens his job in December. Peter Laviolette was hired as head coach in order to re-institute accountability and restore success to the Flyers but the results were not immediate, as the Flyers suffered a 2–7–1 stretch after his arrival. Injuries took a major toll on the Flyers, with Blair Betts, Daniel Briere, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Kimmo Timonen missing significant amounts of games, but no position was nearly affected as much with injuries as goaltending. Mediocre play down the stretch forced the Flyers into a do-or-die shootout with the New York Rangers in the last game of the regular season for a playoff berth. Boucher stopped final shooter Olli Jokinen to clinch the 7th seed in the East and a 1st-round match-up with the New Jersey Devils.

Boucher and the Flyers consistently outplayed Martin Brodeur and New Jersey and pulled off the upset in five games. However, the victory was costly as Carter suffered a broken foot and Gagne a broken toe in Game 4 and Ian Laperriere suffered a horrible facial injury by blocking a shot in Game 5. The Flyers faced 6th-seeded Boston in the 2nd round, and despite playing at an even level with Boston, the Flyers found themselves in a 3–0 series deficit. A 2–1 Flyers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 in Boston. Falling behind 3–0 in Game 7, the Flyers pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history, winning 4–3 on a late goal by Gagne to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only sports teams to win a playoff series after trailing 3–0.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Flyers had home-ice advantage as they faced the 8th-seeded Montreal Canadiens. Leighton became the 1st Flyers netminder to record 3 shutouts in a series and Carter and Laperriere returned to the lineup as the Flyers won the Eastern Conference Championship in 5 games and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997; the Chicago Blackhawks were their opponents. Patrick Kane scored just over 4 minutes into overtime in game 6 to eliminate the Flyers and give Chicago their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Ville Leino, acquired in a midseason trade from the Detroit Red Wings, set the Flyers rookie playoff scoring record and tied the NHL record with 21 points.

Off-season

The Flyers began preparing for the season by signing controversial goalie Ray Emery prior to the official start of free agency.5 Emery, who had spent the previous season in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million dollars. Former Flyer Brian Boucher was signed to a two-year contract on the first day of free agency to serve as Emery's backup. As a result the team's goaltending tandem of the past two seasons, starter Martin Biron and backup Antero Niittymaki, signed with the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively as unrestricted free agents. The Flyers also signed right winger Ian Laperrière to a three-year contract and lost Mike Knuble as a free agent to the Washington Capitals.

Longtime defenseman Derian Hatcher also retired at the beginning of the offseason (after missing all of last season due to knee surgery), replacing Eric Desjardins as the team's player development coach. Desjardins stepped down due to personal business interests.6 Other staff changes included the Flyers hiring Jeff Reese as their new goalie coach to replace Reggie Lemelin and promoting former Phantoms coach John Paddock to assistant general manager.7

At the Entry Draft, the Flyers made a blockbuster trade for Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Chris Pronger, a former Hart Trophy winner as league MVP and Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman. Along with Pronger, the Flyers also received minor league forward Ryan Dingle in exchange for winger Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Luca Sbisa, first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, and a conditional third-round pick.8 They quickly signed Pronger to a seven-year contract extension that is worth about $34 million.9 Nearly a month after signing, the NHL announced they had launched an investigation on Pronger's deal to determine whether it was a circumvention of the salary cap under the collective bargaining agreement. Because the contract is front-loaded, with annual salaries of just $525,000 in the final two years, and expires by the time Pronger is 42, the investigation was launched with the focus on the potential of negotiations between Pronger and the Flyers to retire before contract expiration.10 However, as Pronger's contract took effect after his 35th birthday, under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement, his over-35 contract cannot be deleted from the Flyers' cap space unless he is placed on long-term injured reserve, and even then it would come back on the team's cap space during the offseason.

On July 15, the NHL announced that the Flyers would visit Fenway Park to play in the 2010 Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins. The game will be played on New Year's Day.11

To prepare for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics, Chris Pronger, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Simon Gagne were invited by Hockey Canada to compete for a spot on Canada's national hockey team.12

Regular season

The 2009–10 season started for the Flyers with the successful return of Ray Emery to the NHL, shutting out the Carolina Hurricanes. However, what followed was inconsistent play of the entire team throughout October though a successful record could be maintained. The last game in October started a five-game winning streak. However, this effort would be largely in vain as a road trip to the west coast and ensuing games at the end of the month saw the Flyers lose six of seven games. After being shut out by the Atlanta Thrashers and Vancouver Canucks in consecutive games, General Manager Paul Holmgren relieved head coach John Stevens from his duties and hired Peter Laviolette in his stead.13

The change behind the bench however only showed little immediate impact. The very first game for Laviolette saw his team being dominated by the Washington Capitals and Daniel Carcillo punching out Matt Bradley for which Carcillo would be suspended for four games.14 Up until Christmas break the team showed little improvement with a 2–7–1 stretch from Laviolettes installation on December 4 to December 21.

The team was also marred with injuries up until that point. Simon Gagné had to have hernia surgery and was sidelined for two months.15 Blair Betts suffered a separated shoulder in early October and reinjured the shoulder a few games after his return in mid-November.16 Danny Brière suffered a tweaked groin17 and also missed time due to a suspension18 and the flu. The team also played hurt a lot. James van Riemsdyk suffered an injury to his pinky finger after being hit with a puck but did not miss any games for it.19 Ian Laperriere on the other hand was hit in the mouth with the puck on November 27 and would lose seven teeth but only miss one period of play.20 Defenseman Kimmo Timonen also suffered a broken toe.21

The worst injury however was to goaltender Ray Emery who suffered an abdominal tear and went out of the line-up in early December.22 A short return came in late January but Emery reinjured and had to undergo hip-surgery ending his season in early March.23 After continuing the slump with Boucher in net, the Flyers picked up Michael Leighton from waivers who had fallen out of favor with the Carolina Hurricanes with a GAA above 4 and a SV% below .850.24 However, Leighton would turn his season around with the Flyers with an 8–0–1 record in 10 consecutive starts after he had been picked up.25 His season too would end early with a 16–5–2 record after suffering a high ankle sprain in a game against Nashville on March 16.26

An early season highlight was November 16 when Dave Schultz was inducted in the Flyers Hall of Fame.27 Another honor was given to James van Riemsdyk who was awarded Rookie of the Month for November 2009 by the NHL.28 Throughout December five Flyers were selected for the roster of their home country in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Mike Richards and Chris Pronger were picked for Canada and Kimmo Timonen was selected for Finland29 while Oskars Bartulis and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen were chosen by Latvia and Norway respectively,30 though Tollefsen would be traded before the Olympics begin.31 Jeff Carter was later considered by Team Canada to join the squad in the event that Ryan Getzlaf is unable to play.32 However, Getzlaf did participate in the tournament and Carter did not. Richards and Pronger would earn gold medals with Canada while Timonen gained a bronze medal with Finland.

The Flyers also played the in the 2010 Winter Classic in Fenway Park against the Boston Bruins. Though they held the lead up until the last 3 minutes of the game, they would ultimately lose in overtime to a goal that had been contested by the Flyers as it appeared that the Bruins had too many men on the ice.33

Another controversy struck over a shorthanded goal by Simon Gagne in a 7–4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 7. The goal had not been given and also after video review was not awarded, though video evidence shows the puck in the net. However, this angle had not been sent to the video review in Toronto by the FSN Pittsburgh broadcasting team and the call could no longer be overturned after the puck had been dropped. An internal investigation by FSN Pittsburgh as well as an investigation by the NHL followed and a producer was suspended.3435

For the first time since 1993 the Flyers stayed put during the 2010 NHL trade deadline period with no trades.36 With only minor changes throughout the season the team finished almost entirely unchanged from the way it started the season in terms of players. Only the waiver acquisition of Michael Leighton, the season-ending injury to Emery and the trade of Ole-Kristian Tollefsen for Ville Leino showed significant impact to the roster besides usual promotions and demotions from or to the Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms.

Another key injury knocked Jeff Carter out for 5 games as a fracture in his left foot halted his streak of consecutive games played at 286.37 He returned for the last two games of the season.

The Flyers season ended in a dramatic fashion. Wins over the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs kept the playoff hopes alive, it came down to a home-and-home series with the New York Rangers to end the season. The Rangers were trying to clinch a playoff spot themselves and needed to win both games to do so. The Flyers lost the first game of that series at Madison Square Garden 4–3, though it was a hard fought battle for both teams. This set up a "Win and you're in" situation for the second game at the Wachovia Center with the winner advancing to the playoffs and the loser being eliminated. Jody Shelley scored early for the Rangers but New York could not extend that lead. The Flyers put continuous pressure on the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist playing a stellar game to keep the Flyers off the board until Matt Carle put a rebound behind him halfway through the third period tying the game 1–1. Neither team scored again until the shootout in which a goal by Claude Giroux forced Olli Jokinen to score to keep the Rangers playoff hopes alive. However, Brian Boucher made the crucial save and with that clinching the playoff spot for the Flyers and ending the Rangers' season.

Divisional Standings

Atlantic Division38
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – New Jersey Devils 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
4 New York Rangers 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 222 264 79

Conference Standings

Eastern Conference39
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Quarter Finals

The Flyers drew their division rival New Jersey Devils for the opening round of the playoffs as the Devils clinched second place in the conference by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in their final game of the season. Buffalo would have been the Flyers' opponents, had the Sabres managed to keep the Devils without a point from that game. The Flyers won five of six games against the Devils during the regular season. The Devils managed to secure the 2nd seed going into the playoffs, thus guaranteeing them the home ice advantage in the first round against the Flyers.40

As the season series promised, the Flyers matched up well with the Devils and took game one in a 2–1 decision at Prudential Center. The Flyers had shut out the Devils until there were only 3 minutes left in the game but could hold on to the lead to finish out the game.41 An equally hard fought game was the second in the series which the Devils took in a 5–3 victory.42 With a split in New Jersey, the Flyers returned confidently to Philadelphia.

Game 3 saw an unlikely hero in Daniel Carcillo who scored the 3–2 game winner 3:35 into overtime giving him his 2nd point of the night in 7:11 of ice-time. He assisted on a goal by Mike Richards in the 2nd period.43 Game 4 at Wachovia Center saw the Flyers win the game 4–1 on a 3 point night by Jeff Carter who played with a screw inserted in his broken foot.44 However, that win would proof costly as Carter broke his other foot on the play for his 2nd goal and Simon Gagne suffered a broken big toe in his right foot as well.45

This would set up situation similar to 2000 Eastern Conference finals in which the Flyers on the strong play of Brian Boucher took a 3–1 series lead over the Devils, only to see it melt away and lose in 7 games.46 However, history would not repeat itself. Boucher would earn his first playoff shutout in 10 years in a 3–0 decision in game 5, eliminating the Devils.47 This was the third consecutive time the Devils would exit the playoffs in the first round. Claude Giroux contributed to all three goals, assisting Danny Briere on a goal in the first period and scoring twice himself in the second. That win saw another injury though, as Ian Laperriere was hit in the face by a slapshot in a situation reminiscent of an incident earlier in the season which cost him seven teeth. Laperriere was hit above the right eye and suffered a large gash across his eyebrow which reportedly required 50–70 stitches.48

The series was influence strongly by the play of Mike Richards who had four multi-point games in this series that lasted 5 games. However, the series was also marred with a large amount of obstruction penalties called. In five games there were 72 minor penalties and 3 game misconducts handed out for a total of 174 penalty minutes between both teams.

Eastern Conference Semi Finals

The Flyers would meet the Boston Bruins in the next round who had dispatched the Buffalo Sabres in six games. The Bruins were noted in that series for being perfect on the penalty kill, negating all 19 chances the Sabres had in that series. However, due to the Flyers having started on the first day of the playoffs and due to beating the Devils in a quick fashion, the Flyers had more than a week off. While this would provide some opportunity for their injured players to heal, the Flyers were already notorious for not responding well to long rests during the regular season. This would also show in the series as well as the Flyers gave up the first goal less than three minutes into the first game and leave the first period down 2–0. However, the Flyers would rally and tie the game at 4–4 in the 2nd half of the 3rd period on goals by Richards and Briere. This however would only set up the heroics of Marc Savard, who had returned from missing several weeks with a concussion.49

Game 2 was a similar story. The Bruins caught the early lead 5:12 into the game and while the Flyers were able to catch up twice, they could not take the lead and a goal by Milan Lucic with less than 3 minutes to go in the game would spell victory for the Bruins.50 In the third game the Flyers were finally able to take a lead with Arron Asham scoring only 2:32. The lead would not last long though as Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan would answer in quick succession, 1:34 apart and less than two minutes after Asham's goal, to take the lead. The Flyers were unable to score again and with a lackluster 3rd period by Philadelphia the game ended in a 4–1 Bruins victory.51

The Flyers were now on the brink of elimination down three games to none. However, on the upside, Simon Gagne returned for game 4 which turned into a bizarre mirror version of the first game of the series. While the Flyers were able to take a big 3–1 lead, they saw it melt away on a few strange goals. The Flyers would retake the lead again but Mark Recchi would tie it with 20 seconds left in the game. However, the returned Gagne would put an end to it scoring at 14:40 in overtime to keep the Flyers alive and send the series back to Boston.52 There the Flyers would dominate shutting out the Bruins for a 4–0 victory to climb back into the series. However, the shutout was not held by a single goalie as Brian Boucher would go down with injuries in both of his knees after Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent and Bruins forward Miroslav Satan fell on top of him. This would call Michael Leighton back into action who had only just returned at that very game from a high-ankle sprain that had sidelined him since mid March.53

Leighton's heroics would continue in Game six after making 14 saves in game 5 to preserve the shutout Boucher had started. He would keep the Bruins off the scoreboard for 59 minutes until Milan Lucic scored and make 30 saves total. However, at that point the Flyers would hold on to a 2–1 lead to send the series to a deciding game 7 at TD Garden.54

Game 7 would play out very much like the series itself. The Bruins would jump to a 3–0 lead in the first period. Two of the goals came on the power play due to infractions for high-sticking on Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere respectively. This would prompt coach Peter Laviolette to use up his timeout to rally the team. Shortly after, James van Riemsdyk, who had not registered a goal in the playoffs until that point, scored to make it 3–1. The 2nd period was all Flyers as Hartnell and Briere would redeem themselves by scoring a goal each to tie the game up at 3–3. Overall, the game was relatively low on penalties with only six minors being called total, but the last one of those, a bench penalty for Too Many Men, would come to haunt Boston as Simon Gagne put the puck in the net for a 4–3 Flyers lead. The Flyers would be able to hold on to it and become only the third team in NHL history, the fourth team in the big four American professional sports leagues, to return from an 0–3 deficit of games to win that playoff series.55

Eastern Conference Finals

The Flyers were matched up with the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. This would be the first time the 7th and 8th seed would meet in a conference final. The Canadiens previously defeated the President's Trophy winner Washington Capitals and the reigning Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins, each in 7 game series largely on the strong play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak. The Flyers and Canadiens split their season series 2–2.

However, despite evenly matched during the season, the Flyers took advantage of their momentum and opened the series completely dominating the Canadiens in a 6–0 shutout despite being outshot 28–25. Six different Flyers scored goals in that game.56 While the Canadiens improved in game 2 the story only repeated itself as the Habs were shut out again in a 3–0 decision.57

With this the series would go to Montreal were out of nowhere the tables would turn. The Flyers had an overall bad effort in a 5–1 loss especially by their top defence pairing of Chris Pronger and Matt Carle who were both -3. The game also ended somewhat controversially as the last goal was scored by Montreal on a 5-on-3 power play and Montreal decided to put their top PP unit on the ice despite less than a minute to play.58

The Flyers reflected on their bad play and improved it. At the same time, Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere, both missing at least 10 games since the conference quarter finals would return to the line up providing reinforcements. Pronger and Carle bounced back and Claude Giroux had an outstanding night as the Flyers shut out the Canadiens once again 3–0 in game 4. This would make Michael Leighton the first Flyer goaltender to post three shutouts in one playoff series, also tying and NHL record. The Flyers also held the Canadiens to a single shot during the second period.59

Now with their backs against the wall, the Canadiens found themselves in a situation which they had already played in 5 times this post season, winning all of their elimination games. The team also showed their desperation as they scored less than a minute into game 5. However, Flyers captain Mike Richards would answer the bell and even the game with a shorthanded goal four minutes later. In the 2nd period the Flyers would take the lead on goals by Arron Asham and Jeff Carter which they carried into the third. There however Scott Gomez would profit of a misplay and cut the lead to one. This would set up a dangerous situation which would become worse as Chris Pronger was called on a double-minor for high sticking halfway through the period. The Flyers would however kill the penalty off and Jeff Carter with the help of Mike Richards scored into the empty net to seal the deal at 4–2 after the Canadiens had pulled their goalie.60

This clinched the Flyers first Stanley Cup Final berth since 1997 and the 8th in franchise history. It would also mark another run for the Cup for Chris Pronger who returned to the finals for the third time since the NHL lockout, every time pushing a team that traded for him the previous off-season into the finals.

Stanley Cup Finals

The Flyers met the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago swept their Western Conference Finals opponent San Jose Sharks 4–0 after dispatching the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks in six games each. The only regular season meeting between the two teams ended dramatically as Chris Pronger scored the deciding goal for the 3–2 victory of the Flyers with less than 3 seconds left in regulation.61

Schedule and results

Pre-season

2009 pre-season62

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Regular season

2009–10 regular season

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs

2010 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: Pos = Position (C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing); GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in minutes; dagger = Joined team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only. double-dagger = Left team via trade or waivers during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

# Player Age Pos GP G A P +/- PIM GP G A P +/- PIM
Regular season Playoffs
18 Richards, MikeMike Richards 24 C 82 31 31 62 −2 79 23 7 16 23 −1 18
17 Carter, JeffJeff Carter 25 C 74 33 28 61 2 38 12 5 2 7 −5 2
20 Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger 35 D 82 10 45 55 22 79 23 4 14 18 5 36
48 Briere, DannyDanny Briere 32 C 75 26 27 53 −2 71 23 12 18 30 9 16
28 Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux 22 RW 82 16 31 47 −9 23 23 10 11 21 7 4
19 Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 27 LW 81 14 30 44 −6 155 23 8 9 17 4 25
12 Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne 29 LW 58 17 23 40 −1 47 19 9 3 12 −2 0
44 Timonen, KimmoKimmo Timonen 34 D 82 6 33 39 −2 50 23 1 10 11 6 20
21 van Riemsdyk, JamesJames van Riemsdyk 20 LW 78 15 20 35 −1 30 21 3 3 6 −4 4
25 Carle, MattMatt Carle 25 D 80 6 29 35 19 16 23 1 12 13 6 8
45 Asham, ArronArron Asham 31 RW 72 10 14 24 −2 126 23 4 3 7 4 10
13 Carcillo, DanielDaniel Carcillo 25 LW 76 12 10 22 5 207 17 2 4 6 1 34
14 Laperriere, IanIan Laperriere 36 RW 82 3 17 20 −1 162 13 0 1 1 −3 6
5 Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 24 D 81 5 14 19 −6 54 23 1 3 4 −2 22
11 Betts, BlairBlair Betts 29 C 63 8 10 18 7 14 23 1 1 2 −4 4
36 Powe, DarrollDarroll Powe 24 C 63 9 6 15 0 54 23 0 1 1 −2 6
3 Bartulis, OskarsOskars Bartulis 23 D 53 1 8 9 −12 28 7 0 0 0 −1 4
22 Leino, VilleVille Leinodagger 26 LW 13 2 2 4 2 4 19 7 14 21 10 6
26 Syvret, DannyDanny Syvret 24 D 21 2 2 4 1 12
27 Pyorala, MikaMika Pyorala 28 C 36 2 2 4 −3 10
9 Laliberte, DavidDavid Laliberte 23 RW 11 2 1 3 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 2
77 Parent, RyanRyan Parent 22 D 48 1 2 3 −14 20 17 1 0 1 −2 2
2 Krajicek, LukasLukas Krajicekdagger 26 D 27 1 1 2 −10 14 22 0 3 3 0 8
37 Kalinski, JonJon Kalinski 22 C 10 0 2 2 −2 0
55 Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsendouble-dagger 25 D 18 0 2 2 1 23
15 Nodl, AndreasAndreas Nodl 22 RW 10 0 1 1 −2 0 10 0 0 0 −1 0
49 Leighton, MichaelMichael Leightondagger 28 G 27 0 1 1 N/A 0 14 0 0 0 N/A 2
29 Emery, RayRay Emery 27 G 29 0 1 1 N/A 2
33 Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher 33 G 33 0 1 1 N/A 2 12 0 0 0 N/A 2
32 Cote, RileyRiley Cote 27 LW 15 0 0 0 0 24
42 Ross, JaredJared Ross 27 C 3 0 0 0 −1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
30 Backlund, JohanJohan Backlund 28 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0 1 0 0 0 N/A 0
35 Duchesne, JeremyJeremy Duchesne 23 G 1 0 0 0 N/A 0

Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime losses; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average; MIN = Minutes played

# Player Age GP W L OT SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
Regular season Playoffs
33 Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher 33 33 9 18 3 1 80 .899 2.76 1742 12 6 6 1 27 .909 2.47 656
29 Emery, RayRay Emery 27 29 16 11 1 3 74 .905 2.64 1684
49 Leighton, MichaelMichael Leighton 28 27 16 5 2 1 60 .918 2.48 1449 14 8 3 3 31 .916 2.46 757
30 Backlund, JohanJohan Backlund 28 1 0 1 0 0 2 .917 3.00 40 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0.00 1
35 Duchesne, JeremyJeremy Duchesne 23 1 0 0 0 0 1 .750 3.53 17

Awards and records

Awards

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
NHL Rookie of the Month James van Riemsdyk (December 2)63
NHL Second Star of the Week Michael Leighton (February 15)64
NHL Third Star of the Week Chris Pronger (November 9)65
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Chris Pronger
Bobby Clarke Trophy Chris Pronger
Gene Hart Memorial Award Ian Laperriere
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Matt Carle
Toyota Cup Mike Richards
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Ian Laperriere

Records

  •    *  NHL record
  •   **  Tied for NHL record
Individual single season records
Record Total Player
Points, playoffs 30 Danny Briere
Points by a defenseman, playoffs 18 Chris Pronger
(tied by Doug Crossman in 1986–87)
Points by a rookie, playoffs 21** Ville Leino
Powerplay goals by a defenseman, playoffs 3 Chris Pronger
(tied by Tom Bladon in 1973–74 and Doug Crossman in 1984–85)
Game-winning goals, playoffs 4 Danny Briere
(tied by Rick MacLeish in 1973–74 and Bill Barber in 1979–80)
Team single season records
Record Total
Losses on road, playoffs 7*
Powerplay goals, playoffs 23
Shutouts, playoffs 5
(tied in 1974–75)
Shootout wins 4
(tied in 2005–06, 2008–09, and 2011–12)
Individual post season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Assists Matt Carle 4 May 7, 2010 vs. Boston Bruins
(tied five times)

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 13, 2009, the day after the deciding game of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 9, 2010, the day of the deciding game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.66

Trades

Date
Details
June 26, 2009 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ryan Dingle
Chris Pronger
To Anaheim Ducks
Joffrey Lupul
Luca Sbisa
1st-round pick in 2009
1st-round pick in 2010
conditional 3rd-round pick in 2010 or 2011
(Condition not met)
September 23, 2009 To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
To Nashville Predators
Patrik Hersley
October 20, 2009 To Philadelphia Flyers
Stefan Legein
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Mike Ratchuk
February 6, 2010 To Philadelphia Flyers
Ville Leino
To Detroit Red Wings
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
5th round pick in 2011

Signings

Free agency

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
July 1, 2009 Brian Boucher San Jose Sharks 2 years, $1.85 million
July 1, 2009 Ian Laperriere Colorado Avalanche 3 years, $3.5 million
July 8, 2009 Joey Mormina Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $0.5 million*
July 15, 2009 Mika Pyorala Timrå IK (SEL) 1 year, $0.5 million*
July 15, 2009 Krystofer Kolanos Minnesota Wild 1 year, $0.5 million*
July 18, 2009 Jason Ward Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $0.5 million*
July 21, 2009 Lukas Kaspar San Jose Sharks 1 year, $0.475 million*
July 30, 2009 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $0.6 million
October 1, 2009 Blair Betts New York Rangers 1 year, $0.55 million
January 30, 2010 Lukas Krajicek Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $0.7 million
April 2, 2010 Sebastien Caron Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA) 1 year, $0.5 million

Re-signed

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

Date Player Contract details Notes
July 7, 2009 Chris Pronger 7 year, $35 million extension Acquired in June 26 trade
August 11, 2009 Danny Syvret 1 year, $575,000*
December 2, 2009 Oskars Bartulis 3 years, $1.8 million extension
February 11, 2010 Blair Betts 2 year, $1.4 million extension

Entry level contracts

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
July 24, 2009 Marc-Andre Bourdon Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL) 2008 2nd-round pick 3 years, $2.137 million
August 11, 2009 Zac Rinaldo London Knights (OHL) 2008 6th-round pick 3 years, 1.657 million
September 21, 2009 Tyler Hostetter Erie Otters (OHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $1.662 million
March 1, 2010 Luke Pither Belleville Bulls (OHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $1.8 million
March 2, 2010 Shane Harper Everett Silvertips (WHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $1.8 million
March 4, 2010 Eric Wellwood Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 2009 6th-round pick 3 years
March 17, 2010 Ben Holmstrom UMass Lowell Riverhawks (Hockey East) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.2 million
March 19, 2010 Mike Testwuide Colorado College Tigers (WCHA) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.28 million
March 31, 2010 Erik Gustafsson Northern Michigan Wildcats (CCHA) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $2.7 million
May 6, 2010 Sergei Bobrovsky Novokuznetsk Metallurg (KHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $2.7 million
May 6, 2010 Andrew Rowe Michigan State Spartans (CCHA) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.64 million
May 6, 2010 Brian Stewart Northern Michigan Wildcats (CCHA) Undrafted free agent 1 year, $600,000

Waivers

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from
October 29, 2009 Randy Jones Los Angeles Kings Philadelphia Flyers
December 15, 2009 Michael Leighton Philadelphia Flyers Carolina Hurricanes

Departures

The following players — excluding those who were traded or claimed on waivers — left the team during the off-season. Players who were under contract during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Notes
June 15, 2009 Derian Hatcher Retirement Hired as team's player development coach
June 24, 2009 Lasse Kukkonen Avangard Omsk (KHL) Free agency
July 1, 2009 Mike Knuble Washington Capitals Free agency
July 2, 2009 Scott Munroe New York Islanders Free agency
July 3, 2009 Nate Guenin Pittsburgh Penguins Free agency
July 6, 2009 Nate Raduns SG Pontebba (Serie A) Free agency
July 10, 2009 Antero Niittymaki Tampa Bay Lightning Free agency
July 12, 2009 Boyd Kane Washington Capitals Free agency
July 15, 2009 Andrew Alberts Carolina Hurricanes Free agency
July 22, 2009 Martin Biron New York Islanders Free agency
July 30, 2009 Josh Gratton Atlanta Thrashers Free agency
July 30, 2009 Jean-Sebastien Aubin DEG Metro Stars (DEL) Free agency
November 3, 2009 Lukas Kaspar* Kärpät (SM-liiga) Released

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on June 26–27, 2009.67

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 and their NHL career regular season statistics (complete through the end of the 2013–14 season)
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L OT GAA
3 81[a] Morrison, AdamAdam Morrison Goaltender Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL) &
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3 87[b] Bertilsson, SimonSimon Bertilsson Defense Sweden Brynäs IF (Elitserien) &
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5 142 Riopel, NicolaNicola Riopel Goaltender Canada Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) &
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6 153[c] Labrecque, DaveDave Labrecque Center Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) &
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6 172 Wellwood, EricEric Wellwood Left Wing Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 31 5 5 10 4 &
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7 196[d] Lauridsen, OliverOliver Lauridsen Defense Denmark St. Cloud State Huskies (WCHA) 15 2 1 3 34 &
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Farm teams

American Hockey LeagueAdirondack Phantoms269 (Standings)

The Flyers' AHL affiliate team is now the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, New York for the 2009–10 season. The Phantoms relocated from Philadelphia due to the demolition of the Wachovia Spectrum.

ECHLKalamazoo Wings3 (Standings)
International Hockey LeagueQuad City Mallards4

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