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2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 11th Eastern
2008–09 record 34-35-13
Home record 16-16-9
Road record 18-19-4
Goals for 219
Goals against 257
General Manager Cliff Fletcher (Sept-Nov)
Brian Burke (Nov- )
Coach Ron Wilson
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Nik Antropov (Oct.–Mar.)
Tomas Kaberle
Pavel Kubina
Brad May (Mar.–Apr.)
Jamal Mayers
Dominic Moore (Oct.–Mar.)
Arena Air Canada Centre
Average attendance 19,243 (102%)
Team leaders
Goals Jason Blake (25)
Assists Matt Stajan (35)
Points Jason Blake (57)
Penalties in minutes Pavel Kubina (79)
Wins Vesa Toskala (22)
Goals against average Vesa Toskala (3.26)

The 2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the franchise's 91st, and their 81st as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs did not qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and have not qualified for the postseason since the 2003–04 season.

OffseasonEdit

The Leafs faced an offseason challenge to hire a General Manager. Brian Burke was a favorite for the position held by interim GM Cliff Fletcher but Burke decided to stay with the Anaheim Ducks. He was not given permission to talk to the Leafs about their vacancy by Ducks owner Henry Samueli.[1] Burke had one more year left on his contract as the general manager of the Ducks and those close to him say he was interested in the Leafs' job.

On May 7, the Leafs fired head coach Paul Maurice, along with two assistant coaches after missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons[2]. On May 8, the Leafs asked the Vancouver Canucks permission to speak to Dave Nonis about hiring him for a position with the club.[3]

In mid-May, there were rumours that Wayne Gretzky was in the running for a position with the Maple Leafs. Gretzky responded to the rumours linking him to the Toronto Maple Leafs by stating that his focus was on the Phoenix Coyotes and developing their young talent.[4]

On June 10, Ron Wilson was hired as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wilson was fired in May by San Jose after the Sharks lost to the Dallas Stars in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Wilson has also coached the Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals. The former U.S. college player spent parts of three NHL seasons with the Leafs in the 1970s.[5]

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired Al Coates as their player-personnel director on June 16.[6] Coates comes to Toronto after spending the previous six seasons with Anaheim. Coates has spent more than 30 years in pro hockey and has been part of two Stanley Cup-winning teams ('07 with Anaheim and '89 with Calgary).

The move perpetuated speculation that Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke will become the Leafs' GM once his deal with the Ducks expires in 2009, but this speculation is premature. New head coach Ron Wilson played hockey with Burke at Providence, but this is largely considered moot and mildly coincidental.

Former NHL star Joe Nieuwendyk was named as general manager Cliff Fletcher's special assistant on July 8.[7] While playing for the Florida Panthers, Nieuwendyk gained experience as a special consultant to GM Jacques Martin.

Throughout the offseason, the Maple Leafs have been involved in numerous transactions. On June 24, the Toronto Maple Leafs put Goaltender Andrew Raycroft and Forward Kyle Wellwood on waivers.[8] Also, interim GM Cliff Fletcher informed Darcy Tucker that he is to be bought out of his three-year contract; however, it was not official until June 25.[9]

The Maple Leafs bought out goaltender Andrew Raycroft on June 28, making him eligible for free agency on July 1. When the free agent signing period began on July 1, Toronto signed-on defenceman Jeff Finger; goaltender Curtis Joseph to back up current starting goaltender Vesa Toskala, and former Dallas Stars forward Niklas Hagman. Another transaction was made on July 3, as Cliff Fletcher was busy again as he traded for former Montreal Canadiens forward Mikhail Grabovski in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second round draft choice in 2010. The Leafs also re-signed forwards Dominic Moore, John Mitchell, and Greg Scott. On July 14, the Maple Leafs acquired forward Ryan Hollweg in a trade with the New York Rangers for a 5th round draft pick in 2009.

Regular seasonEdit

With a young roster, the Leafs were expected to have a lacklustre season. This proved to be correct, as they fell out of the playoff race relatively early and showed little sign of recovery. However, they showed signs of improvement in February and March 2009, during which they had a remarkable stretch of seven consecutive games which went to overtime. The Leafs lost the first two in shootouts then won four in a row with two overtime wins and two shootout wins, followed by an overtime loss.

In November 2008, Brian Burke obtained his release from the Anaheim Ducks and joined the Leafs as President and General Manager.

The Leafs were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on March 31, 2009, with six games remaining in the season.

Divisional standingsEdit

Northeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins * 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals * 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils * 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

2008–09 Game Log
Schedule

Overtime StatisticsEdit

Games Won Lost Goal Scorers
Over Time 10 4 6 Pavel Kubina (2), Niklas Hagman, Mikhail Grabovski
Shootout 13 6 7
23 10 13

PlayoffsEdit

The Toronto Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL Playoffs. If the Leafs had qualified for the playoffs, it would have been their first qualification since the 2003–04 NHL season.

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
Blake, JasonJason Blake 78 25 38 63 -2 40
Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky 82 23 38 61 +6 38
Stajan, MattMatt Stajan 76 15 40 55 -4 54
Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski 78 20 28 48 -8 92
Antropov, NikNik Antropov 63 21 25 46 -13 24
Hagman, NiklasNiklas Hagman 65 22 20 42 -5 4
Moore, DominicDominic Moore 63 12 29 41 -1 69
Kubina, PavelPavel Kubina 82 14 26 40 -15 94
Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle 57 4 27 31 -8 8
Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin 73 15 16 31 -8 18
Stempniak, LeeLee Stempniak 61 11 20 31 -9 31
Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell 76 12 17 29 -16 33
White, IanIan White 71 10 16 26 +6 57
Finger, JeffJeff Finger 66 6 17 23 -7 43
Mayers, JamalJamal Mayers 71 7 9 16 -7 82
Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn 70 2 12 14 -12 71
Stralman, AntonAnton Stralman 38 1 12 13 -2 20
Devereaux, BoydBoyd Devereaux 23 6 5 11 +3 2
Van Ryn, MikeMike Van Ryn 27 3 8 11 +2 14
Williams, JeremyJeremy Williams 11 5 2 7 +2 2
Frogren, JonasJonas Frogren 41 1 6 7 0 28
Hamilton, JeffJeff Hamilton 15 3 3 6 +2 4
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 20 2 2 4 -4 6
Tlusty, JiriJiri Tlusty 14 0 4 4 0 0
May, BradBrad May 38 1 1 2 -5 61
Hollweg, RyanRyan Hollweg 25 0 2 2 -7 38
Oreskovic, PhilPhil Oreskovic 10 1 1 2 -2 21
Sifers, JaimeJaime Sifers 23 0 2 2 -4 18
Hanson, ChristianChristian Hanson 5 1 1 2 -1 2
Colaiacovo, CarloCarlo Colaiacovo 10 0 1 1 -2 6
Deveaux, AndreAndre Deveaux 21 0 1 1 -3 75
Harrison, JayJay Harrison 7 0 1 1 -2 10
Stapleton, TimTim Stapleton 4 1 0 1 -3 0
Ondrus, BenBen Ondrus 11 0 0 0 -4 34
Newbury, KrisKris Newbury 1 0 0 0 0 2

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
Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala 53 3056 22 17 11 166 3.26 1518 1352 .891 1
Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph 21 841 5 9 1 50 3.57 383 333 .869 0
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 12 705 6 5 0 38 3.23 402 364 .905 0
Pogge, JustinJustin Pogge 7 372 1 4 1 27 4.36 173 146 .844 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Maple Leafs. Stats reflect time with Maple Leafs only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached

TransactionsEdit

On October 6, the team placed Mark Bell on waivers.

TradesEdit

June 19, 2008
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jamal Mayers
To St. Louis Blues
Third-round pick in 2008
June 20, 2008 To Toronto Maple Leafs
First-round (5th overall) pick in 2008
To New York Islanders
First-round (7th overall) pick in 2008
Two conditional picks
July 3, 2008
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mikhail Grabovski
To Montreal Canadiens
Greg Pateryn
Second-round pick in 2010
July 14, 2008 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Hollweg
To New York Rangers
Fifth-round pick in 2009
September 2, 2008 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Van Ryn
To Florida Panthers
Bryan McCabe[10]
Fourth-round pick in 2010
November 24, 2008
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Lee Stempniak
To St. Louis Blues
Alexander Steen
Carlo Colaiacovo
January 7, 2009 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad May
To Anaheim Ducks
Conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2010[11]
January 21, 2009
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Hamilton
To Minnesota Wild
Robbie Earl
March 4, 2009 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Second-round draft pick in 2009 draft
Conditional draft pick
To New York Rangers
Nik Antropov
March 4, 2009
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Second-round draft pick in 2009 draft
To Buffalo Sabres
Dominic Moore
March 4, 2009 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Olaf Kolzig
Jamie Heward
Andy Rogers
Fourth-round draft pick from Carolina in 2009 draft
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Richard Petiot

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Curtis Joseph Calgary Flames 1 year, $700,000
Jeff Finger Colorado Avalanche 4 years, $14 million
Niklas Hagman Dallas Stars 4 years, $12 million
Christian Hanson University of Notre Dame 2 years, $1.575 million
Tyler Bozak University of Denver 2 years, entry level
Player New team
Darcy Tucker Colorado Avalanche
Andrew Raycroft Colorado Avalanche
Kyle Wellwood Vancouver Canucks
Scott Clemmensen New Jersey Devils
Andy Wozniewski St. Louis Blues

Claimed from waiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Martin Gerber Ottawa Senators March 4, 2009
Erik Reitz New York Rangers March 4, 2009

Draft picksEdit

Toronto's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft[12] in Ottawa, Ontario.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality Club Team
1 5 Luke Schenn (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
2 60 (from Pittsburgh) Jimmy Hayes (RW) Flag of the United States United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)
4 98 Mikhail Stefanovich (C) Flag of Belarus Belarus Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
5 128 Greg Pateryn (D) Flag of the United States United States Ohio Junior Blue Jackets (USHL)
5 129 (from Phoenix) Joel Champagne (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
5 130 (from Florida) Jerome Flaake (LW) Flag of Germany Germany Kölner Haie (DEL)
6 158 Grant Rollheiser (G) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)
7 188 Andrew MacWilliam (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

RosterEdit

Updated March 30, 2009.[13][14]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Flag of the United States Blake, JasonJason Blake

LW L 43 2007 Moorhead, Minnesota
56 Flag of the Bahamas Deveaux, AndreAndre Deveaux

C R 32 2008 Freeport, Bahamas
22 Flag of Canada.svg Devereaux, BoydBoyd Devereaux

C L 38 2006 Seaforth, Ontario
4 Flag of the United States Finger, JeffJeff Finger

D R 36 2008 Houghton, Michigan
24 Flag of Sweden Frogren, JonasJonas Frogren

 Injury icon

D L 36 2008 Falun, Sweden
29 Flag of Switzerland Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber

G L 42 2009 Burgdorf, Switzerland
84 Flag of Belarus Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski

C L 32 2008 Potsdam, East Germany
9 Flag of Finland Hagman, NiklasNiklas Hagman

 Injury icon

LW L 36 2008 Espoo, Finland
51 Flag of the United States Hamilton, JeffJeff Hamilton

C R 39 2009 Dayton, Ohio
20 Flag of the United States Hanson, ChristianChristian Hanson

C R 30 2009 Glens Falls, New York
43 Flag of Canada.svg Harrison, JayJay Harrison

D L 34 2001 Oshawa, Ontario
Flag of Canada.svg Heward, JamieJamie Heward

 Injury icon

D R 45 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
31 Flag of Canada.svg Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph

G L 49 2008 Keswick, Ontario
15 Flag of the Czech Republic Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle

 (AInjury icon

D L 38 1996 Rakovník, Czechoslovakia
Flag of Germany Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig

 Injury icon

G L 46 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa
77 Flag of the Czech Republic Kubina, PavelPavel Kubina

 (A)

D R 39 2006 Čeladná, Czechoslovakia
41 Flag of Russia Kulemin, NikolaiNikolai Kulemin

RW L 30 2006 Magnitogorsk, U.S.S.R.
10 Flag of Canada.svg May, BradBrad May

 (A)

LW R 45 2009 Toronto, Ontario
21 Flag of Canada.svg Mayers, JamalJamal Mayers

 (A)

RW R 42 2008 Toronto, Ontario
39 Flag of Canada.svg Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell

C L 31 2003 Oakville, Ontario
40 Flag of Canada.svg Oreskovic, PhilPhil Oreskovic

D R 29 2005 North York, Ontario
1 Flag of Canada.svg Pogge, JustinJustin Pogge

G L 30 2004 Fort McMurray, Alberta
23 Flag of Ukraine Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky

LW L 36 1998 Kiev, U.S.S.R.
3 Flag of the United States Reitz, ErikErik Reitz

D R 34 2009 Detroit, Michigan
2 Flag of Canada.svg Schenn, LukeLuke Schenn

D R 27 2008 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
14 Flag of Canada.svg Stajan, MattMatt Stajan

C R 32 2002 Mississauga, Ontario
12 Flag of the United States Stempniak, LeeLee Stempniak

RW R 33 2008 West Seneca, New York
35 Flag of Finland Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala

 Injury icon

G L 39 2007 Tampere, Finland
26 Flag of Canada.svg Van Ryn, MikeMike Van Ryn

 Injury icon

D R 37 2008 London, Ontario
7 Flag of Canada.svg White, IanIan White

D R 32 2002 Steinbach, Manitoba

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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