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2008–09 Minnesota Wild · NHL
Division 3rd Northwest
Conference 9th Western
2008–09 record 40–33–9
Home record 23–11–7
Road record 17–22–2
Goals for 219
Goals against 200
General Manager Doug Risebrough
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Rotating
Mikko Koivu (Oct/Nov, Jan, Mar/Apr)
Kim Johnsson (Dec)
Andrew Brunette (Feb)
Alternate captains Rotating
Andrew Brunette (Oct-Jan, Mar/Apr)
Marian Gaborik (Oct/Nov)
Kim Johnsson (Nov)
Mikko Koivu (Dec, Feb)
Owen Nolan (Jan, Mar/Apr)
Nick Schultz (Feb)
Arena Xcel Energy Center
Average attendance 18,568 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Owen Nolan (25)
Assists Mikko Koivu (47)
Points Mikko Koivu (67)
Penalties in minutes Derek Boogaard (87)
Wins Niklas Backstrom (37)
Goals against average Josh Harding (2.21)

The 2008–09 Minnesota Wild season began October 11, 2008. It was the Wild's 8th season in the National Hockey League.

Pre-seasonEdit

At the conclusion of the Pre-season, the Wild finished with a 5-2 record.

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Northwest Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Vancouver Canucks 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
x-Calgary Flames 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
e-Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
e-Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 5 199 257 69

Conference standingsEdit

Western Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
p-San Jose Sharks * 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
y-Detroit Red Wings * 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
y-Vancouver Canucks * 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
x-Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
x-Calgary Flames 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
x-St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
x-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
x-Anaheim Ducks 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
e-Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
e-Nashville Predators 82 40 34 8 213 233 88
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
e-Dallas Stars 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
e-Phoenix Coyotes 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
e-Los Angeles Kings 82 34 37 11 207 234 79
e-Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 5 199 257 69
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, p - clinched Presidents' Trophy and best record in conference, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

2008–09 Game Log

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

PlayoffsEdit

The Minnesota Wild failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL Playoffs.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu 79 20 47 67 +2 66
Brunette, AndrewAndrew Brunette 80 22 28 50 -5 18
Bouchard, Pierre-MarcPierre-Marc Bouchard 71 16 30 46 -5 20
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan 59 25 20 45 +5 26
Miettinen, AnttiAntti Miettinen 82 15 29 44 -1 32
Zidlicky, MarekMarek Zidlicky 76 12 30 42 -12 76
Belanger, EricEric Belanger 79 13 23 36 -5 26
Bergeron, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Bergeron 72 14 18 32 +5 30
Burns, BrentBrent Burns 59 8 19 27 -7 45
Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson 81 2 22 24 -3 44
Sheppard, JamesJames Sheppard 82 5 19 24 -14 41
Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik 17 13 10 23 +3 2
Veilleux, StephaneStephane Veilleux 81 13 10 23 -17 40
Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck 78 11 7 18 -5 76
Skoula, MartinMartin Skoula 81 4 12 16 -12 10
Schultz, NickNick Schultz 79 2 9 11 -4 31
Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot 37 5 6 11 +1 18
Fritsche, DanDan Fritsche 34 4 5 9 -3 10
Olvecky, PeterPeter Olvecky 31 2 5 7 +1 12
Gillies, ColtonColton Gillies 45 2 5 7 -2 18
Kolanos, KrysKrys Kolanos 21 3 3 6 +3 16
Foster, KurtisKurtis Foster 10 1 5 6 +7 6
Weller, CraigCraig Weller 36 1 2 3 -3 47
Boogaard, DerekDerek Boogaard 51 0 3 3 +3 87
Reitz, ErikErik Reitz 31 1 1 2 -2 41
Mojzis, TomasTomas Mojzis 4 0 1 1 -1 2
Scott, JohnJohn Scott 20 0 1 1 -1 21

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom 71 4088 37 24 8 159 2.33 2059 1900 .923 8
Harding, JoshJosh Harding 19 869 3 9 1 32 2.21 453 421 .929 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Wild. Stats reflect time with Wild only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Wild only.

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Niklas Backstrom 100th NHL Game October 11, 2008
Colton Gillies 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 11, 2008
Kim Johnsson 600th NHL Game October 14, 2008
Antti Miettinen 100th NHL Point October 27, 2008
Andrew Brunette 800th NHL Game November 6, 2008
Erik Reitz 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 15, 2008

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 20, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
23rd pick in 2008
To New Jersey Devils
24th pick in 2008
3rd round pick in 2009
July 1, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
Marek Zidlicky
To Nashville Predators
Ryan Jones
2nd round pick in 2009
June 10, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
Marc-Andre Bergeron
To Anaheim Ducks
3rd round pick in 2009
July 11, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
Corey Locke
To Montreal Canadiens
Shawn Belle
January 21, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
Robbie Earl
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Hamilton
January 29, 2008
To Minnesota Wild
Dan Fritsche
To New York Rangers
Erik Reitz

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Antti Miettinen Dallas Stars 3y/$7M
Owen Nolan Calgary Flames 2y/$5.5M
Andrew Brunette Colorado Avalanche 3y/$7M
Player New team
Todd Fedoruk Phoenix Coyotes
Brian Rolston New Jersey Devils
Pavol Demitra Vancouver Canucks
Joel Ward Nashville Predators

Draft picksEdit

Minnesota's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 23 (from Washington via New Jersey) Tyler Cuma (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
2 55 Marco Scandella (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
4 115 Sean Lorenz (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada US National Team Development Program U-18
5 145 Eero Elo (LW) Flag of Finland Finland Lukko Rauma (Finland Jr.)

RosterEdit

Updated March 4, 2009.[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
32 Flag of Finland Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Backstrom

G L 38 2006 Helsinki, Finland
25 Flag of Canada.svg Belanger, EricEric Belanger

C L 38 2007 Sherbrooke, Quebec
47 Flag of Canada.svg Bergeron, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Bergeron

D L 36 2008 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
24 Flag of Canada.svg Boogaard, DerekDerek Boogaard

LW L 34 2001 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
96 Flag of Canada.svg Bouchard, Pierre-MarcPierre-Marc Bouchard

LW L 32 2002 Sherbrooke, Quebec
15 Flag of Canada.svg Brunette, AndrewAndrew Brunette

 (A)

LW L 43 2008 Sudbury, Ontario
8 Flag of Canada.svg Burns, BrentBrent Burns

D R 31 2003 Ajax, Ontario
22 Flag of Canada.svg Clutterbuck, CalCal Clutterbuck

RW R 29 2006 Welland, Ontario
26 Flag of Canada.svg Foster, KurtisKurtis Foster

D L 35 2005 Carp, Ontario
49 Flag of the United States Fritsche, DanDan Fritsche

W R 31 2009 Parma, Ohio
10 Flag of Slovakia Gaborik, MarianMarian Gaborik

RW L 34 2000 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
18 Flag of Canada.svg Gillies, ColtonColton Gillies

C L 27 2007 White Rock, British Columbia
29 Flag of Canada.svg Harding, JoshJosh Harding

G R 32 2002 Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Flag of Sweden Johnsson, KimKim Johnsson

D L 40 2006 Malmö, Sweden
9 Flag of Finland Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu

 (C)

C L 33 2001 Turku, Finland
20 Flag of Finland Miettinen, AnttiAntti Miettinen

RW R 36 2008 Hämeenlinna, Finland
11 Flag of Canada.svg Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan

 (A)

RW R 44 2008 Belfast, United Kingdom
67 Flag of Canada.svg Pouliot, BenoitBenoit Pouliot

C L 30 2005 Alfred, Ontario
55 Flag of Canada.svg Schultz, NickNick Schultz

D L 34 2000 Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
51 Flag of Canada.svg Sheppard, JamesJames Sheppard

C L 28 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
41 Flag of the Czech Republic Skoula, MartinMartin Skoula

D L 37 2006 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
19 Flag of Canada.svg Veilleux, StephaneStephane Veilleux

LW L 35 2001 Saint-Georges, Quebec
12 Flag of Canada.svg Weller, CraigCraig Weller

RW R 35 2008 Calgary, Alberta
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Zidlicky, MarekMarek Zidlicky

D R 39 2008 Most, Czechoslovakia

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Minnesota Wild - Team - Roster. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved on 2009-03-04.
  2. Minnesota Wild - Team - Injury Report. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved on 2009-03-04.
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