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08-09VanCan
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks · NHL
Northwest Division Champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2008–09 record 45–27–10
Home record 24–12–5
Road record 21–15–5
Goals for 246
Goals against 220
General Manager Mike Gillis
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Roberto Luongo
Alternate captains Ryan Kesler
Willie Mitchell
Mattias Ohlund
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 18,630 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Daniel Sedin (31)
Assists Henrik Sedin (60)
Points Daniel Sedin (82)
Henrik Sedin (82)
Penalties in minutes Shane O'Brien (196)
Wins Roberto Luongo (33)
Goals against average Roberto Luongo (2.34)

The 2008–09 Vancouver Canucks season is the Canucks' 38th season in the National Hockey League.

Season eventsEdit

See also: 2008–09 NHL season

Off-seasonEdit

Luc Bourdon memorial

A collection of items at a makeshift Luc Bourdon memorial outside General Motors Place.

On June 17, 2008, the Canucks named Ryan Walter as an assistant coach. He joined head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Rick Bowness on the Canucks' coaching staff.[1] Walter, 50, played in 1,003 NHL games over 15 seasons with Washington, Montreal, and Vancouver, scoring 264 goals and 382 assists. He won the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1986. A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Walter was the second overall pick by the Washington Capitals in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

The Canucks lost two key veterans to free agency. Markus Naslund, the Canucks' captain for the previous seven seasons, signed a two-year, $8-million contract with the New York Rangers, while Pitt Meadows native Brendan Morrison signed a one-year, $2.75-million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Canucks also lost a promising young defenceman in Luc Bourdon, who died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Shippagan, New Brunswick. The Canucks honoured Bourdon with a tribute in the season opener, October 9, against the Calgary Flames.

Among the Canucks' roster additions was Steve Bernier, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres for a second and third round draft pick, and Pavol Demitra, who signed a two-year, $8-million contract.

The Canucks announced on September 4, 2008, that they will honour Linden in a pre-game ceremony on December 17, 2008 before a game against the Edmonton Oilers. His jersey number, 16, will be retired by the team, joining former captain Stan Smyl as the second Canuck to have his number retired.

Pre-seasonEdit

The Canucks' 2008 pre-season began on September 12 with the opening of their annual prospects training camp. The camp consisted of 22 players and was held in Vancouver, British Columbia at both General Motors Place and the University of British Columbia campus, as well as in Camrose, Alberta.[2] The prospect camp was then followed by the main training camp, held over two days beginning September 20 in Whistler, British Columbia.[3]

On September 30, 2008, the Canucks named Roberto Luongo as the twelfth captain in team history, with Luongo becoming only the seventh goaltender in NHL history to be named team captain. NHL rules prevent goaltenders from physically wearing the captain's letter "C", however, they do not prevent goaltenders from being named captain. The Canucks also named Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund, and Ryan Kesler as alternate captains. Mitchell will be responable for dealing with officials during games, while Ohlund will be responsible for ceremonial faceoffs and other ceremonial duties.[4]

StandingsEdit

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

Schedule and resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2008–09 Game log

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

PlayoffsEdit

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

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
Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin 82 31 51 82 +24 36
Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin 82 22 60 82 +22 48
Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 82 26 33 59 +8 61
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra 69 20 33 53 +6 20
Burrows, AlexandreAlexandre Burrows 82 28 23 51 +23 150
Bieksa, KevinKevin Bieksa 72 11 32 43 -4 97
Edler, AlexanderAlexander Edler 80 10 27 37 +11 54
Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier 81 15 17 32 +4 27
Sundin, MatsMats Sundin 41 9 19 28 -5 28
Wellwood, KyleKyle Wellwood 74 18 9 27 +2 4
Ohlund, MattiasMattias Ohlund 82 6 19 25 +14 105
Salo, SamiSami Salo 60 5 20 25 +5 26
Raymond, MasonMason Raymond 72 11 12 23 +2 24
Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell 82 3 20 23 +29 59
Hansen, JannikJannik Hansen 55 6 15 21 +5 37
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt 69 10 9 19 0 43
O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien 76 0 10 10 +6 196
Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson 62 2 7 9 +1 12
Hordichuk, DarcyDarcy Hordichuk 73 4 1 5 +1 109
Jaffray, JasonJason Jaffray 14 2 2 4 -2 14
Rypien, RickRick Rypien 12 3 0 3 -3 19
Davison, RobRob Davison 23 0 2 2 -4 51
Krog, JasonJason Krog 4 1 0 1 0 2
Vaananen, OssiOssi Vaananen 3 0 1 1 +1 0
Bolduc, AlexandreAlexandre Bolduc 7 0 1 1 +1 4
Nycholat, LawrenceLawrence Nycholat 14 0 1 1 +3 6
Brown, MikeMike Brown 20 0 1 1 -5 85
Ouellet, MichelMichel Ouellet 3 0 0 0 +1 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin 10 4 6 10 +2 2
Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin 10 4 6 10 +4 8
Sundin, MatsMats Sundin 8 3 5 8 -1 2
Edler, AlexanderAlexander Edler 10 1 7 8 -2 6
Salo, SamiSami Salo 7 3 4 7 0 2
Wellwood, KyleKyle Wellwood 10 1 5 6 -1 0
Bieksa, KevinKevin Bieksa 10 0 5 5 +3 14
Burrows, AlexandreAlexandre Burrows 10 3 1 4 +3 20
Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier 10 2 2 4 -1 7
Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler 10 2 2 4 -2 14
Raymond, MasonMason Raymond 10 2 1 3 -2 2
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra 6 1 2 3 -2 2
Ohlund, MattiasMattias Ohlund 10 1 2 3 +5 6
Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson 10 1 1 2 0 2
O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien 10 1 1 2 -3 24
Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell 10 0 2 2 -2 22
Rypien, RickRick Rypien 10 0 2 2 -1 40
Hordichuk, DarcyDarcy Hordichuk 10 1 0 1 +1 14
Hansen, JannikJannik Hansen 2 0 0 0 0 0
Vaananen, OssiOssi Vaananen 3 0 0 0 0 2
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt 4 0 0 0 -3 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
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo 54 3181 33 13 7 124 2.34 1542 1418 .920 9
Sanford, CurtisCurtis Sanford 19 973 7 8 0 42 2.59 448 406 .906 1
LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera 9 451 3 2 2 20 2.66 235 215 .915 0
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider 8 355 2 4 1 20 3.38 162 142 .877 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo 10 618 6 4 26 2.52 304 278 .914 1

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Vancouver. Stats reflect time with the Canucks only.
Denotes player no longer with the team. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

  • Daniel Sedin was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending October 12, 2008.[5]
  • Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending November 9, 2008.[6]
  • Henrik Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending November 23, 2008.[7]
  • Roberto Luongo was named to the Western Conference roster for the 57th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Montreal, Quebec.[8]
  • Daniel Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending March 29, 2009.[9]
  • Henrik Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the month for March.[10]
  • Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending April 12, 2009.[11]

RecordsEdit

  • Roberto Luongo set a franchise record for consecutive shutout minutes with 242:36 on November 12, 2008 versus the Colorado Avalanche.[12]
  • The Canucks set a franchise record for consecutive home losses with 7 on January 18, 2009 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.[13]
  • Mattias Ohlund set a franchise record for the most points scored by a defenceman with 322 points on March 15, 2009 versus the Colorado Avalanche.[14]
  • The Canucks set a franchise record for consecutive home wins with 11 on March 19, 2009 versus the St. Louis Blues.
  • Roberto Luongo set a franchise record for most shutouts in a season with 8 on April 9, 2009 versus the Los Angeles Kings, and ended the season with one more, for a total of 9 shutouts and tying Kirk McLean for the all-time franchise lead in shutouts.

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Pavol Demitra 700th point October 11, 2008
Alexander Edler 100th game October 13, 2008
Jannik Hansen 1st goal October 16, 2008
Roberto Luongo 200th win October 16, 2008
Alain Vigneault 200th win October 16, 2008
Jason Krog 200th game October 25, 2008
Roberto Luongo 500th game October 31, 2008
Mattias Ohlund 700th game November 2, 2008
Henrik Sedin 300th assist November 4, 2008
Kyle Wellwood 200th game November 12, 2008
Rob Davison 200th game November 20, 2008
Daniel Sedin 400th point November 24, 2008
Alexandre Bolduc 1st game November 27, 2008
Henrik Sedin 400th point November 27, 2008
Steve Bernier 200th game November 29, 2008
Cory Schneider 1st game November 29, 2008
Steve Bernier 100th point December 4, 2008
Cory Schneider 1st win December 5, 2008
Curtis Sanford 100th game December 17, 2008
Ryan Kesler 100th point December 22, 2008
Henrik Sedin 600th game December 26, 2008
Jason LaBarbera 100th game January 2, 2009
Daniel Sedin 600th game January 2, 2009
Alexandre Bolduc 1st point
1st assist
January 4, 2009
Shane O'Brien 200th game January 7, 2009
Willie Mitchell 500th game January 10, 2009
Taylor Pyatt 500th game January 13, 2009
Willie Mitchell 100th point January 18, 2009
Henrik Sedin 100th goal March 13, 2009
Alain Vigneault 500th game March 19, 2009
Pavol Demitra 300th goal March 31, 2009
Alex Burrows 100th point April 2, 2009

TransactionsEdit

See also: 2008–09 NHL transactions

TradesEdit

June 4, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Steve Bernier
To Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles's 3rd round draft pick in 2009
2nd round draft pick in 2010
September 2, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Lawrence Nycholat
To Ottawa Senators
Ryan Shannon
October 6, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Shane O'Brien
Michel Ouellet
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Lukas Krajicek
Juraj Simek
December 9, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Conditional draft pick in 2009
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jim Sharrow
December 30, 2008
To Vancouver Canucks
Jason LaBarbera
To Los Angeles Kings
7th round draft pick in 2009
February 4, 2009
To Vancouver Canucks
Nathan McIver
To Anaheim Ducks
Mike Brown

Free agents acquiredEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Darcy Hordichuk Carolina Hurricanes Three-year, $2.25-million
Ryan Johnson St. Louis Blues Two-year, $2.3-million
Nolan Baumgartner Dallas Stars Two-way deal, $1.2-million
Mark Cullen Detroit Red Wings One-year, $500,000
Pavol Demitra Minnesota Wild Two-year, $8-million
Rob Davison New York Islanders One-year, $560,000
Jason Krog Atlanta Thrashers One-year, $700,000
Mats Sundin Toronto Maple Leafs One-year, $5-million

Free agents lostEdit

Player New team Contract Terms
Drew MacIntyre Nashville Predators
Markus Naslund New York Rangers Two-year, $8-million
Brendan Morrison Anaheim Ducks One-year, $2.75-million
Mike Weaver St. Louis Blues
Brad Isbister Ottawa Senators Two-way deal
Trevor Linden Retired


Draft picksEdit

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

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Cody Hodgson (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
2 41 Yann Sauve (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
5 131 Prab Rai (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
6 161 Mats Frøshaug (C) Flag of Norway Norway Linköpings Jr. (Sweden)
7 191 Morgan Clark (G) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Farm teamsEdit

Manitoba MooseEdit

The Canucks' AHL affiliate based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Moose' home arena is the MTS Centre. The team has been affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks since the 2000–01 AHL season.

Victoria Salmon KingsEdit

The Canucks' ECHL affiliate based in Victoria, British Columbia. The Salmon Kings' home arena is the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The team has been affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks since the 2006–07 ECHL season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Vancouver - Canucks hire Walter as assistant
  2. "Vancouver Canucks prospects camp opens Friday, September 12", Vancouver Canucks, 2008-09-08. Retrieved on 2008-10-01. 
  3. Pap, Elliott. "Bernier not playing with twins as camp opens in Whistler", The Vancouver Sun, 2008-09-20. Retrieved on 2008-10-01. 
  4. "Canucks name goaltender Luongo as team captain", TSN, 2008-09-30. Retrieved on 2008-10-01. 
  5. The Sports Network. "Sedin, Booth, Brodeur selected as NHL's Three Stars", The Sports Network, 2008-10-13. Retrieved on 2009-01-21. 
  6. Ziemer, Brad. "Luongo sets 'good example' with NHL star of the week honours", The Vancouver Sun, 2008-11-10. Retrieved on 2009-01-21. 
  7. Associated Press. "Savard, Henrik Sedin, Khabibulin are Three Stars", Sports Illustrated, 2008-11-24. Retrieved on 2009-01-21. 
  8. "Luongo only Canuck all-star", The Vancouver Sun, 2009-01-07. Retrieved on 2009-01-21. 
  9. NHL. "Chris Mason, Daniel Sedin and Cam Ward named NHL's stars of the week", NHL, 2009-03-30. Retrieved on 2009-03-31. 
  10. NHL. "Ward, Sedin and Nash named 'Three Stars' for March", NHL, 2009-04-01. Retrieved on 2009-04-01. 
  11. NHL. "Canucks' Luongo NHL's first star of the week", CBC Sports, 2009-04-13. Retrieved on 2009-04-14. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. 
  12. The Canadian Press. "Luongo's shutout streak snapped as Avs edge Canucks", TSN, 2008-11-13. Retrieved on 2008-11-14. 
  13. The Canadian Press. "Blue Jackets shootout victory adds to Canucks home woes", TSN, 2009-01-19. Retrieved on 2009-01-20. 
  14. "Ohlund is a 'real stats boy'", Vancouver Sun, 2009-03-15. Retrieved on 2009-03-15. 

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