2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
2011–12 record 47–26–9 (103 pts.)
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 25–13–3
Goals for 264
Goals against 232
Team information
General Manager Paul Holmgren
Coach Peter Laviolette
Captain Chris Pronger
Alternate captains Daniel Briere
Kimmo Timonen
Claude Giroux
Arena Wells Fargo Center
Average attendance 20,433 (107.4%)1
Minor league affiliations Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)2
Trenton Titans (ECHL)3
Team leaders
Goals Scott Hartnell (37)
Assists Claude Giroux (65)
Points Claude Giroux (93)
Penalties in minutes Zac Rinaldo (232)
Plus/minus Scott Hartnell (+19)
Wins Ilya Bryzgalov (33)
Goals against average Ilya Bryzgalov (2.48)
<2010–11 2012–13>

The 2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 45th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the second round of the playoffs to the New Jersey Devils in five games.

Off-season

Following his penchant for making big moves, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren pulled off perhaps the most stunning move of his tenure, trading captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2012 2nd-round draft pick, and Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for their 2011 1st-round pick (Sean Couturier) and Jakub Voracek all within the span of an hour on June 23. Later that same day, Holmgren addressed the Flyers' long-standing goaltending issues by signing Phoenix's Ilya Bryzgalov to a 9-year, $51 million contract. On July 1, the Flyers signed Jaromir Jagr to a 1-year contract, Maxime Talbot to a 5-year contract and Andreas Lilja to a 2-year contract.

Regular season

Chris Pronger was named Flyers captain; however, 13 games into the season he was lost for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with severe post-concussion syndrome.

Bryzgalov's play ranged from spectacular to subpar, including being benched in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers' 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic. Twelve rookies suited up for the Flyers during the season, with the play of Couturier, Schenn and Matt Read standing out impressively.

The Flyers concluded the regular season with the most power-play opportunities of all teams (335), the most power-play goals scored (66), and the most power-play opportunities against (319).4

Season standings

Atlantic Division5
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
4 New Jersey Devils 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
5 New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
Eastern Conference6
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

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

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Playoffs

The Flyers drew the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, a series in which the two teams combined for an NHL-record 45 goals in the first 4 games and a total of 309 penalty minutes in an intense, fight-filled series. The Flyers pulled off the upset in 6 games against a Pittsburgh team that was heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup. But in the second round against the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers' run-and-gun style of play was stymied by the Devils' forechecking and defense, and the Flyers were eliminated in 5 games.

Schedule and results

Pre-season

2011 pre-season7

Legend:       Win       Loss       Overtime/shootout loss

Regular season

2011–12 regular season

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

Playoffs

2012 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders

Note:  Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Regular season
# Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
30 Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov 59 3415 33 16 7 141 2.48 1554 1413 .909 6
35 Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 29 1550 14 10 2 78 3.02 769 691 .899 0
Playoffs
# Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
30 Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov 11 642 5 6 37 3.46 326 289 .887 0
35 Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky 1 37 0 0 5 8.11 18 13 .722 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Flyers. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Denotes player finished season with another team. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.

Awards and records

Awards

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient
All-Star Game representative Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell
Kimmo Timonen
NHL First Star of the Month Ilya Bryzgalov (March)8
NHL First Star of the Week Ilya Bryzgalov (March 12)9
Ilya Bryzgalov (March 19)10
Wayne Simmonds (April 2)11
NHL Second Star of the Week Scott Hartnell (January 23)12
NHL Third Star of the Week Jaromir Jagr (October 31)13
Matt Read (November 21)14
Team awards
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Kimmo Timonen15
Bobby Clarke Trophy Claude Giroux15
Gene Hart Memorial Award Wayne Simmonds15
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Scott Hartnell15
Toyota Cup Claude Giroux15
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Jaromir Jagr15

Records

Team single season records
Record Total
Wins on road 25
(tied in 2010–11)
Shootout wins 4
(tied in 2005–06, 2008–09, and 2009–10)
Individual post season single game records
Record Player Total Date and opponent
Points Claude Giroux 6 April 13, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Team post season single game records
Record Total Date and opponent
Goals against 10 April 18, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
(tied April 25, 1989 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins)
Individual regular season streaks records
Record Player Total Dates
Longest shutout streak Ilya Bryzgalov 249 minutes and 43 seconds March 8, 2012 through March 15, 2012

Milestones

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Sean Couturier 1st Career NHL Game October 6, 2011
Matt Read 1st Career NHL Game October 6, 2011
Jaromir Jagr 1,600th Career Point October 6, 2011
Matt Read 1st Career Goal
1st Career Point
October 8, 2011
Sean Couturier 1st Career Assist
1st Career Point
October 12, 2011
Matt Read 1st Career Assist October 12, 2011
Sean Couturier 1st Career Goal October 18, 2011
Zac Rinaldo 1st Career Assist
1st Career Point
October 18, 2011
Harry Zolnierczyk 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career Goal
1st Career Point
October 18, 2011
Danny Briere 600th Career Point October 24, 2011
Zac Rinaldo 1st Career Goal November 3, 2011
Harry Zolnierczyk 1st Career Assist November 5, 2011
Eric Gustafsson 1st Career Assist
1st Career Point
November 5, 2011
Marc-Andre Bourdon 1st Career NHL Game November 21, 2011
Kevin Marshall 1st Career NHL Game November 21, 2011
Scott Hartnell 200th Career Goal December 13, 2011
Marc-Andre Bourdon 1st Career Goal
1st Career Point
December 13, 2011
Brayden Schenn 1st Career Goal January 2, 2012
Marc-Andre Bourdon 1st Career Assist January 5, 2012
Scott Hartnell 800th Career NHL Game January 7, 2012
Claude Giroux 200th Career Point January 17, 2012
Ilya Bryzgalov 25th Career NHL Shutout February 7, 2012
Erik Gustafsson 1st Career Goal February 16, 2012
Eric Wellwood 1st Career Goal February 18, 2012
Kimmo Timonen 500th Career Point March 1, 2012
Danny Briere 800th Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Brandon Manning 1st Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Kimmo Timonen 400th Career Assist March 29, 2012

Transactions

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 16, 2011, the day after the deciding game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 11, 2012, the day of the deciding game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.16

Trades

Date
Details
June 23, 201117 To Los Angeles Kings
Rob Bordson
Mike Richards
To Philadelphia Flyers
Brayden Schenn
Wayne Simmonds
2nd-round pick in 2012
June 23, 201118 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Jeff Carter
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jakub Voracek
1st-round pick in 2011
3rd-round pick in 2011
June 27, 201119 To Minnesota Wild
Darroll Powe
To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 2013
July 1, 201120 To Florida Panthers
Kris Versteeg
To Philadelphia Flyers
San Jose's 3rd-round pick in 2012
2nd-round pick in 2012 or 2013
(Florida later chose to give up 2012 pick)
October 12, 2011 To Los Angeles Kings
Stefan Legein
6th-round pick in 2012
To Philadelphia Flyers
future considerations
February 2, 2012 To Washington Capitals
Kevin Marshall
To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Ford
February 16, 2012 To Dallas Stars
2nd-round pick in 2012
3rd-round pick in 2013
To Philadelphia Flyers
Nicklas Grossmann
February 18, 2012 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Jon Kalinski
2nd-round pick in 2012
4th-round pick in 2013
To Philadelphia Flyers
Pavel Kubina

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, 201121 Jaromir Jagr Avangard Omsk (KHL) 1 year, $3.3 million
July 1, 201122 Andreas Lilja Anaheim Ducks 2 years, $1.475 million
July 1, 201123 Maxime Talbot Pittsburgh Penguins 5 years, $9 million
July 19, 201124 Jason Bacashihua Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $525,000*

Re-signed

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

Date Player Contract details Notes
June 23, 2011 Ilya Bryzgalov 9 years, $51 million Acquired in June 7 trade
June 27, 2011 Andreas Nodl 2 years, $1.69 million
June 27, 2011 Tom Sestito 1 year, $550,000*
July 1, 2011 Jakub Voracek 1 year, $2.25 million Acquired in June 23 trade
July 7, 2011 Wayne Simmonds 2 years, $3.5 million Acquired in June 23 trade
July 18, 2011 Jon Kalinski 1 year, $605,000*
August 30, 2011 James van Riemsdyk 6 years, $25.5 million extension
November 9, 2011 Braydon Coburn 4 years, $18 million extension
April 4, 2012 Matt Ford 1 year, $600,000 extension*
April 6, 2012 Nicklas Grossmann 4 years, $14 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 7, 2011 Tye McGinn Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) 2010 4th-round pick 3 years, $2.325 million
July 18, 2011 Marcel Noebels Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 2011 4th-round pick 3 years, $2.105 million
September 14, 2011 Blake Kessel New Hampshire Wildcats (Hockey East) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.85 million
September 21, 2011 Sean Couturier Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 2011 1st-round pick 3 years, $2.775 million
March 6, 2012 Cal Heeter Ohio State Buckeyes (CCHA) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.567 million
March 27, 2012 Nick Cousins Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 2011 3rd-round pick 3 years, $2.775 million
April 2, 2012 Matt Mangene Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) Undrafted free agent 2 years, $1.535 million
April 2, 2012 Matt Konan Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $2.15 million
May 21, 201225 Andrew Johnston Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) Undrafted free agent 3 years, $2.378 million
May 21, 201225 Derek Mathers Peterborough Petes (OHL) 2011 7th-round pick 3 years, $1.77 million

Waivers

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from
November 29, 2011 Andreas Nodl Carolina Hurricanes Philadelphia Flyers

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
July 1, 2011 Sean O'Donnell Chicago Blackhawks Free agency
July 1, 2011 Brian Boucher Carolina Hurricanes Free agency
July 1, 2011 Ville Leino Buffalo Sabres Free agency
July 1, 2011 Daniel Carcillo Chicago Blackhawks Free agency
August 3, 2011 Nikolay Zherdev Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) Free agency
August 3, 2011 Garrett Klotz Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) Free agency
August 7, 2011 Danny Syvret St. Louis Blues Free agency
August 9, 2011 Michael Ryan Buffalo Sabres Free agency
September 14, 2011 Joonas Lehtivuori Modo Hockey (Elitserien) Released Signed with Modo
September 16, 2011 Brian Stewart Binghamton Senators (AHL) Free agency
N/A Nick Boynton Retirement No official announcement

Draft picks

Philadelphia's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 24–25, 2011.26

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011 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
1 8[a] Couturier, SeanSean Couturier Center Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 205 30 51 81 69 &
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3 68[a] Cousins, NickNick Cousins Center Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) &
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4 116 Suellentrop, ColinColin Suellentrop Defense United States Oshawa Generals (OHL) &
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4 118[b] Noebels, MarcelMarcel Noebels Left Wing Germany Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) &
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6 176 Placek, PetrPetr Placek Right Wing Czech Republic Hotchkiss School (High-CT) &
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7 206 Mathers, DerekDerek Mathers Right Wing Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL) &
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Draft notes27

Farm teams

American Hockey LeagueAdirondack Phantoms228 (Standings)
ECHLTrenton Titans3

References

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  9. ^ Bryzgalov, Kovalchuk, Halak named Three Stars
  10. ^ Bryzgalov repeats as First Star of the Week
  11. ^ Simmonds, Chara, Smith are Three Stars of the Week
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