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

Season events

Off-season

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. 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 Columbiamarker, 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 Meadowsmarker 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 Brunswickmarker. 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-season

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 Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker at both General Motors Placemarker and the University of British Columbiamarker campus, as well as in Camrosemarker, Albertamarker. The prospect camp was then followed by the main training camp, held over two days beginning September 20 in Whistlermarker, British Columbiamarker.

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.



Standings

Divisional standings

Conference standings

Schedule and results

Regular season

2008–09 Game log
Legend:



Playoffs

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs
Legend:



Player stats

Skaters

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

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
82 31 51 82 +24 36
82 22 60 82 +22 48
82 26 33 59 +8 61
69 20 33 53 +6 20
82 28 23 51 +23 150
72 11 32 43 -4 97
80 10 27 37 +11 54
81 15 17 32 +4 27
41 9 19 28 -5 28
74 18 9 27 +2 4
82 6 19 25 +14 105
60 5 20 25 +5 26
72 11 12 23 +2 24
82 3 20 23 +29 59
55 6 15 21 +5 37
69 10 9 19 0 43
76 0 10 10 +6 196
62 2 7 9 +1 12
73 4 1 5 +1 109
14 2 2 4 -2 14
12 3 0 3 -3 19
23 0 2 2 -4 51
4 1 0 1 0 2
3 0 1 1 +1 0
7 0 1 1 +1 4
14 0 1 1 +3 6
20 0 1 1 -5 85
3 0 0 0 +1 0


Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
10 4 6 10 +2 2
10 4 6 10 +4 8
8 3 5 8 -1 2
10 1 7 8 -2 6
7 3 4 7 0 2
10 1 5 6 -1 0
10 0 5 5 +3 14
10 3 1 4 +3 20
10 2 2 4 -1 7
10 2 2 4 -2 14
10 2 1 3 -2 2
6 1 2 3 -2 2
10 1 2 3 +5 6
10 1 1 2 0 2
10 1 1 2 -3 24
10 0 2 2 -2 22
10 0 2 2 -1 40
10 1 0 1 +1 14
2 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 2
4 0 0 0 -3 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
54 3181 33 13 7 124 2.34 1542 1418 .920 9
19 973 7 8 0 42 2.59 448 406 .906 1
9 451 3 2 2 20 2.66 235 215 .915 0
8 355 2 4 1 20 3.38 162 142 .877 0


Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
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 records

Awards

  • Daniel Sedin was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending October 12, 2008.
  • Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending November 9, 2008.
  • Henrik Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending November 23, 2008.
  • Roberto Luongo was named to the Western Conference roster for the 57th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Montrealmarker, Quebecmarker.
  • Daniel Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the week for the week ending March 29, 2009.
  • Henrik Sedin was named the NHL's second star of the month for March.
  • Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending April 12, 2009.


Records

  • Roberto Luongo set a franchise record for consecutive shutout minutes with 242:36 on November 12, 2008 versus the Colorado Avalanche.
  • The Canucks set a franchise record for consecutive home losses with 7 on January 18, 2009 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Milestones

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


Transactions

Trades

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 acquired

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 lost

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 picks

Vancouver's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawamarker, Ontariomarker.
Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Cody Hodgson (C) Brampton Battalion (OHL)
2 41 Yann Sauve (D) Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
5 131 Prab Rai (C) Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
6 161 Mats Frøshaug (C) Linköpings Jr. (Sweden)
7 191 Morgan Clark (G) Red Deer Rebels (WHL)


Farm teams

Manitoba Moose

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

Victoria Salmon Kings

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

References

  1. CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Vancouver - Canucks hire Walter as assistant


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