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The 2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks season is the club's 82nd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to the start of the season, the Blackhawks announced that 20-year-old center Jonathan Toews would serve as the team's captain for the 2008-09 season, thus making him the 3rd-youngest player to earn that distinction in the NHL. Their regular season began on October 10, 2008, against the New York Rangers and will conclude on April 12, 2009 against the rival Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks played in the Winter Classic, an outdoor game, against the Red Wings at Wrigley Fieldmarker on January 1, 2009. The team succeeded in making the 2008-09 playoffs with a 3-1 win over Nashville on April 3 after missing the 2007–08 playoffs by three points.

Pre-season

The Chicago Blackhawks had a busy offseason following the 2007–08 regular season. In late April, a few weeks after the season concluded, the Blackhawks announced that they were entering a three year partnership with WGN marker; they previously aired games on WSCR marker. This coincided with a previous announcement that the team would air up to twenty games on WGN's TV affiliatemarker. The club also brought back announcer Pat Foley to do the play-by-play announcing for all television broadcasts.

The Blackhawks made a "huge splash" on the first day of free agency by signing defenseman Brian Campbell and goaltender Cristobal Huet. Campbell's $57.12 million contract was the largest in team history. Along with Campbell and Huet, the Blackhawks signed three other free agents, while losing three to other teams. Long-time Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman joined the organization in late July as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations. The Hawks also added Rockford IceHogs head coach Mike Haviland as an assistant coach, and signed former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville as a scout.

On July 16, 2008, the NHL announced that the Blackhawks would host the second outdoor NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2009, at Wrigley Fieldmarker against the rival Detroit Red Wings. The game will be the 701st meeting between the two clubs, and the Blackhawks will wear uniforms similar to those they wore during the 1936–37 season.

The team also announced that they intended to retire jersey number #3 in honor of defensemen Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson. Hockey Hall of Famer Pilote spent thirteen seasons with the Hawks, winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman on three occasions. Magnuson accumulated over 1,400 penalty minutes in eleven years with the team. Magnuson was the president of the Blackhawks Alumni Association before he died in an automobile accident in 2003.



Season events

The Chicago Blackhawks opened the season against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardenmarker on October 10, 2008. After winning only one of their first four games, the Blackhawks fired head coach Denis Savard. Shortly afterwards, they promoted scout Joel Quenneville as his replacement. In 147 games as coach, Savard posted a 65-66-16 record.

In December, an anonymous Blackhawks fan submitted an email to Mike Ross of XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, which revealed that the team had interrupted their travel schedule to attend the wake of General Manager Dale Tallon's father. The team voted to delay their flight to Chicago during a six game road trip in order to travel to the wake, which was in Northern Canada. The team reached the wake on two buses, and surprised Tallon, who was unaware of the team's plans. Ross was shocked that no media outlets had initially reported the story, and commented, "Its amazing that such a good story can be found nowhere on the internet, and not even mentioned in the Chicago papers. Had one of the Blackhawks got into a fight and punched some drunken loser in a Toronto bar it would be plastered all over papers and the television." The story eventually garnered much attention from various media outlets in the following week, including ESPN, Yahoo! Sports and Deadspin. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann commended the team's actions, by naming them the "best persons in the world" for the week.

On December 28, 2008, the Blackhawks set a franchise record nine consecutive wins.

Division standings

Conference standings

Game log

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • Yellow background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).


2008–09 Game Log


Playoffs

  • For the first time since 2002, the Blackhawks qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • For the first time since 1996, the Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Semi-final.
  • For the first time since 1995 the Blackhawks advanced to the conference finals.
2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Legend:



Player stats

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Martin Havlat 81 29 48 77 +29 30
Patrick Kane 80 25 45 70 -2 42
Jonathan Toews 82 34 35 69 +12 51
Kris Versteeg 78 22 31 53 +15 55
Brian Campbell 82 7 45 52 +5 22
Andrew Ladd 82 15 34 49 +26 28
Dave Bolland 81 19 28 47 +19 52
Patrick Sharp 61 26 18 44 +6 41
Duncan Keith 77 8 36 44 +33 60
Cam Barker 68 6 34 40 -6 65
Dustin Byfuglien 77 15 16 31 +7 81
Brent Seabrook 82 8 18 26 +23 62
Troy Brouwer 69 10 16 26 +7 50
Colin Fraser 81 6 11 17 +3 55
Ben Eager 75 11 4 15 +1 161
Matt Walker 65 1 13 14 +7 79
James Wisniewski 31 2 11 13 +6 14
Adam Burish 66 6 3 9 +3 93
Aaron Johnson 38 3 5 8 +19 33
Craig Adams 36 2 4 6 -3 22
Samuel Pahlsson 13 2 1 3 -1 2
Niklas Hjalmarsson 21 1 2 3 +4 0
Brent Sopel 23 1 1 2 -4 8
Nikolai Khabibulin (G) 42 0 2 2 n/a 8
Jack Skille 8 1 0 1 -3 5
Cristobal Huet (G) 41 0 0 0 n/a 2
Tim Brent 2 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan Hendry 9 0 0 0 -1 4
Pascal Pelletier 7 0 0 0 -4 0
Antti Niemi (G) 3 0 0 0 n/a 0
Jacob Dowell 1 0 0 0 +1 2


Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Martin Havlat 16 5 10 15 0 8
Patrick Kane 16 9 5 14 -9 12
Jonathan Toews 17 7 6 13 -1 26
Brent Seabrook 17 1 11 12 0 14
Dave Bolland 17 4 8 12 -1 24
Kris Versteeg 17 4 8 12 -5 22
Patrick Sharp 17 7 4 11 -1 6
Brian Campbell 17 2 8 10 0 0
Dustin Byfuglien 17 3 6 9 -2 26
Cam Barker 17 3 6 9 -3 2
Duncan Keith 17 0 6 6 +1 10
Samuel Pahlsson 17 2 3 5 -4 4
Adam Burish 17 3 2 5 +3 30
Andrew Ladd 17 3 1 4 +3 12
Matt Walker 17 0 2 2 -4 14
Ben Eager 17 1 1 2 -1 61
Troy Brouwer 17 0 2 2 -1 12
Niklas Hjalmarsson 17 0 1 1 -2 6
Colin Fraser 2 0 0 0 0 2


Goaltenders

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
Nikolai Khabibulin 42 2467 25 8 7 96 2.33 1192 1096 .919 3
Cristobal Huet 41 2351 20 15 4 99 2.53 1087 998 .909 3
Antti Niemi 3 141 1 1 1 8 3.40 59 51 .864 0
Combined 46 24 12 203 2.46 1554 1429 .917 6


Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Nikolai Khabibulin 15 880 8 6 43 2.93 421 378 .898 0
Cristobal Huet 3 129 1 2 7 3.23 78 71 .910 0
Corey Crawford 1 15 0 0 1 3.77 7 6 .857 0


Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Blackhawks. Stats reflect time with the Blackhawks only.

Traded mid-season

Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records

Milestones

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Colin Fraser 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
October 15, 2008
Brent Sopel 500th game October 27, 2008


Transactions

Trades

July 1, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
2009 second-round pick
To Calgary Flames
Rene Bourque
July 17, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
Tim Brent
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Danny Richmond
July 24, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
Pascal Pelletier
To Boston Bruins
Martin St. Pierre
Septembers 12, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
2010 second-round pick from Toronto
To Montreal Canadiens
Robert Lang
October 2, 2008

To Dallas Stars
Doug Janik
To Chicago Blackhawks
Claimed off waivers
October 3, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
Joakim Lindstrom
To Anaheim Ducks
Claimed off waivers
October 7, 2008

To Anaheim Ducks
Joakim Lindstrom
To Chicago Blackhawks
Claimed off waivers
October 8, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
Doug Janik
To Dallas Stars
Claimed off waivers
To Chicago Blackhawks
Conditional seventh-round pick
To Dallas Stars
Doug Janik
December 9, 2008

To Chicago Blackhawks
Jimmy Sharrow
To Vancouver Canucks
Conditional seventh-round pick
January 10, 2009

To Chicago Blackhawks
Adam Pineault
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Michael Blunden
March 4, 2009

To Chicago Blackhawks
Sami Pahlsson

Logan Stephenson

Conditional fourth-round pick
To Anaheim Ducks
James Wisniewski

Petri Kontiola


Free agents

Player Former team Contract terms
Brian Campbell San Jose Sharks 8 years, $56.8 million
Cristobal Huet Washington Capitals 4 year, $22.5 million
Matt Walker St. Louis Blues 1 year, $600,000
Aaron Johnson New York Islanders 1 year, $525,000
Doug Janik Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $500,000
Player New team
David Koci Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Lalime Buffalo Sabres
Jason Williams Atlanta Thrashers


Draft picks

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft was hosted at Scotiabank Placemarker in Ottawamarker, Ontariomarker on June 20 and 21. With the eleventh pick in the first round, the Blackhawks selected Kyle Beach from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The Blackhawks drafted seven players (five defensemen and two forwards) in five of the seven rounds. All of the prospects were returned to their junior or professional league by the end of training camp.
Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 11 Kyle Beach (LW) Everett Silvertips (WHL)
3 68 (from Toronto via NY Islanders) Shawn Lalonde (D) Belleville Bulls (OHL)
5 132 Teigan Zahn (D) Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 162 Jonathan Carlsson (D) Brynäs IF (Elitserien)
6 169 (from Ottawa) Ben Smith (RW) Boston Collegemarker (Hockey East)
6 179 (from Dallas via Los Angeles) Braden Birch (D) Oakville Blades (OPJHL)
7 192 Joe Gleason (D) Edina High School (USHS-Minnesotamarker)


Roster

See also



External links



References


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