2008–09 Los Angeles Kings season

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2008–09 Los Angeles Kings
Division 5th Pacific
Conference 14th Western
2008–09 record 34–37–11
Home record 18–15–8
Road record 16–22–3
Goals for 202
Goals against 226
Team information
General Manager Dean Lombardi
Coach Terry Murray
Captain Dustin Brown
Alternate captains Matt Greene
Anze Kopitar
Arena Staples Center
Average attendance 16,489 (91.0%)
Total: 676,042
Team leaders
Goals 32, Alexander Frolov
Assists 39, Anze Kopitar
Points 66, Anze Kopitar
Penalties in minutes 145, Raitis Ivanans
Plus/minus +2, Sean O'Donnell
Wins 21, Jonathan Quick
Goals against average 2.48, Jonathan Quick
<2007–08 2009–10>

The 2008–09 Los Angeles Kings season was the 42nd season (41st season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. The Kings showed improvement while fielding the youngest team in the league (in terms of average age per player), but came up short of breaking a playoff drought that stretches back to the 2001-02 season.

Despite a crazy schedule which saw them play 17 of their final 24 games away from Staples Center, the Kings managed to stay in the playoff hunt for much of the year. They played in 43 games decided by one goal, and their record in these games was 20-12-11, which bodes well for next season.

Alexander Frolov led the team in goals with 32. This marked his fifth consecutive season with at least 20 or more goals. The last to do so before Frolov for the Kings was Luc Robitaille in the 1993-94 season. Also, defenseman Sean O'Donnell reached a milestone by playing in his 1,000th career NHL game on March 14.

Pre-season[edit]

On June 10, the Kings fired their head coach Marc Crawford after failing to make the post-season in back-to-back seasons. Crawford posted a 59-84-21 record during his tenure. He was replaced on July 17 by Terry Murray, who takes over his fourth team. Murray had previously coached for Washington, Florida, and Philadelphia, where he led the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. Entering the season, Murray's career record is 360-288-89.

Regular season[edit]

The Kings made great strides in the 2008-09 season. They went from dead last in the league a year earlier in penalty killing to 7th best in the league, with an 82.9% rating. They had the fourth best faceoff win percentage, and allowed the fourth fewest shots on goal in the league. Five players played in all 82 games: Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus, Matt Greene, Sean O'Donnell, and rookie Wayne Simmonds. Several surprises also emerged during the season.

Kyle Quincey was grabbed off waivers shortly after season started from Detroit, due to the injury of Jack Johnson. Quincey went on to finish second in the team in assists and averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per game. Drew Doughty was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and immediately contributed to the team, leading the team in ice time and was second in blocked shots. He finished in the top ten in the league in several categories, and was considered a strong Calder Trophy candidate.

Another surprise was Jonathan Quick, who emerged as the number one goaltender. Quick was thrust into the line-up following the trade of Jason LaBarbera in mid-season to Vancouver and an injury to Erik Ersberg. All Quick did was lead the team in every goaltending category, posting the third highest win total for a rookie in club history. He finished third in the league among rookie netminder in goals against average, and played in 22 of the final 27 and 41 of the final 52 Kings games. He had a 1.76 goals-against average (16 GA in 546:03) and .942 save percentage (258 saves in 274 shots) in nine straight appearances from March 22 to April 9.

The Kings finished the regular season having been shut out 12 times, tying the Colorado Avalanche for the most times shut out.[1]

The Western Conference remained a tight race throughout the season, and the Kings weren't officially eliminated from the playoffs until two weeks remained in the season.

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – San Jose Sharks 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
2 Anaheim Ducks 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
3 Dallas Stars 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
5 Los Angeles Kings 82 34 37 11 207 234 79

[2]

Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – San Jose Sharks PA 82 53 18 11 257 204 117
2 y – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 51 21 10 295 244 112
3 y – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
4 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 46 24 12 264 216 104
5 Calgary Flames NW 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
6 St. Louis Blues CE 82 41 31 10 233 233 92
7 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 41 31 10 226 230 92
8 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 42 33 7 245 238 91
8.5
9 Minnesota Wild NW 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
10 Nashville Predators CE 82 40 34 8 213 233 88
11 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
12 Dallas Stars PA 82 36 35 11 230 257 83
13 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 36 39 7 208 252 79
14 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 34 37 11 207 234 79
15 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 32 45 5 199 257 69

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner
CE - Central Division, NW - Northwest Division, PA - Pacific Division


Schedule and results[edit]

2008–09 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Los Angeles Kings failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL Playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders[edit]

Note:  Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick 44 2494 21 18 2 103 2.48 1200 1097 .914 4
Ersberg, ErikErik Ersberg 28 1477 8 11 5 65 2.64 651 586 .900 0
LaBarbera, JasonJason LaBarbera 19 995 8 10 6 47 2.83 439 392 .893 2

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

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Oscar Moller 1st NHL Game October 11, 2008
Drew Doughty 1st NHL Game October 11, 2008
Wayne Simmonds 1st NHL Game October 11, 2008
Michal Handzus 600th NHL Game
200th NHL Assist
October 11, 2008
Oscar Moller 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 14, 2008
Wayne Simmonds 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 14, 2008
Kyle Quincey 1st NHL Assist October 17, 2008
Wayne Simmonds 1st NHL Assist October 17, 2008
Oscar Moller 1st NHL Goal October 20, 2008
Drew Doughty 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 20, 2008
Denis Gauthier Jr. 500th NHL Game November 4, 2008
Drew Doughty 1st NHL Assist November 6, 2008
Jarret Stoll 300th NHL Game November 11, 2008
Alexander Frolov 400th NHL Game November 29, 2008
Tom Preissing 100th NHL Assist November 29, 2008
Anze Kopitar 100th NHL Assist December 17, 2008
Dustin Brown 300th NHL Game December 19, 2008
Trevor Lewis 1st NHL Game December 19, 2008
Trevor Lewis 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
December 20, 2008
Trevor Lewis 1st NHL Assist December 23, 2008
Jonathan Quick 1st NHL Shutout December 23, 2008
Alexander Frolov 300th NHL Point January 17, 2009
Kevin Westgarth 1st NHL Game January 20, 2009
Anze Kopitar 200th NHL Game January 29, 2009
Davis Drewiske 1st NHL Game February 3, 2009
Matt Greene 200th NHL Game February 3, 2009
Jarret Stoll 200th NHL Point February 18, 2009
Raitis Ivanans 200th NHL Game February 21, 2009
Jack Johnson 100th NHL Game March 1, 2009
Dustin Brown 100th NHL Assist March 3, 2009
Sean O'Donnell 1,000th NHL Game March 14, 2009
Peter Harrold 100th NHL Game March 24, 2009
Anze Kopitar 200th NHL Point March 28, 2009
Justin Williams 500th NHL Game April 6, 2009

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 20, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
17th pick in 2008
2nd round pick in 2009
To Calgary Flames
Mike Cammalleri
2nd round pick in 2008
June 20, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
12th pick in 2008
To Anaheim Ducks
17th pick in 2008
28th pick in 2008
June 20, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
13th pick in 2008
3rd round pick in 2009
To Buffalo Sabres
12th pick in 2008
June 29, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
Jarret Stoll
Matt Greene
To Edmonton Oilers
Lubomir Visnovsky
July 1, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
Denis Gauthier
2nd round pick in 2010
To Philadelphia Flyers
Patrik Hersley
Ned Lukacevic
July 21, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
Richard Clune
To Dallas Stars
Lauri Tukonen
September 30, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
Sean O'Donnell
To Anaheim Ducks
Conditional draft choice
December 30, 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
7th round pick in 2009
To Vancouver Canucks
Jason Labarbera
March 4, 2009
To Los Angeles Kings
Justin Williams
To Edmonton Oilers
Patrick O'Sullivan
Ales Kotalik
To Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Cole
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd round pick in 2009

Free Agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Erik Ersberg Los Angeles Kings One Year
Gabe Gauthier Los Angeles Kings Two Years
Matt Moulson Los Angeles Kings One Year
Joe Piskula Los Angeles Kings One Year
David Meckler Manchester Monarchs (AHL) Three Year, Entry-Level
Peter Harrold Los Angeles Kings Three Years
Drew Doughty Guelph Storm (OHL) Three Year, Entry-Level
Andrei Loktionov Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL) Three Year, Entry-Level
Vyacheslav Voinov Traktor Chelyabinsk (RSL) Three Year, Entry-Level
Colten Teubert Regina Pats (WHL) Three Year, Entry Level
Jarret Stoll Los Angeles Kings Four Year, $14,400,000
Brad Richardson Los Angeles Kings Two Year, $1,175,000
Martin Jones Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Three Year, Entry Level
Patrick O'Sullivan Los Angeles Kings Three Year, $2,925,000
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings Seven Years
Andrew Campbell Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Three Year, Entry Level
Matt Greene Los Angeles Kings Five Years
Corey Elkins Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA) One Year, Entry Level
Patrick Mullen Denver Pioneers (NCAA) Two Year, Entry Level
Player New team
Jon Klemm Straubing Tigers (Germany)
Rob Blake San Jose Sharks
Brendan Buckley San Jose Sharks
Richard Petiot Toronto Maple Leafs
Brian Willsie Colorado Avalanche
Kevin Dallman Barys Astana (Kazakhstan)
Scott Thornton Retired
Jeff Giuliano HC Dinamo Minsk (Belarus)
Ladislav Nagy Severstal Cherepovets (Russia)
Dany Roussin Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Petr Kanko EC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)

Waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Kyle Quincey Detroit Red Wings October 13, 2008
Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Matt Ellis Buffalo Sabres October 1, 2008

Other[edit]

Player Type of Transaction Date
Bryan Cameron Returned to Belleville Bulls (OHL) September 23, 2008
Matt Fillier Returned to Montreal Junior Hockey Club (QMJHL) September 23, 2008
Geordie Wudrick Returned to Swift Current Broncos (WHL) September 23, 2008
Olivier Legault Released from Try-Out September 23, 2008
Colten Teubert Returned to Regina Pats (WHL) September 25, 2008
Dwight King Returned to Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) September 25, 2008
Linden Rowat Returned to Regina Pats (WHL) September 26, 2008
Justin Azevedo Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Andrew Campbell Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Paul Crosty Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Vladimir Dravecky Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Gabe Gauthier Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Bud Holloway Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Josh Kidd Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Brady Murray Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Marty Murray Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Scott Parse Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Daniel Taylor Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Eric Werner Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Jeff Zatkoff Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Drew Bagnall Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Jonathan Bernier Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Trevor Lewis Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) September 29, 2008
Michael D'Orazio Returned to Owen Sound Attack (OHL) September 29, 2008
Andrei Loktionov Returned to Windsor Spitfires (OHL) October 1, 2008
Martin Jones Returned to Calgary Hitmen (WHL) October 2, 2008
David Meckler Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 2, 2008
Viatcheslav Voynov Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 2, 2008
Davis Drewiske Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 3, 2008
Joe Piskula Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 3, 2008
John Zeiler Placed on Injured Reserve October 3, 2008
Alec Martinez Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 6, 2008
Teddy Purcell Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 6, 2008
Jonathan Quick Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 6, 2008
Kevin Westgarth Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) October 6, 2008
Thomas Hickey Returned to Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) October 6, 2008
Marc-Andre Cliche Placed on Injured Reserve October 6, 2008
Richard Clune Placed on Injured Reserve October 6, 2008
Jeff Zatkoff Reassigned to Ontario Reign (ECHL) October 7, 2008
Daniel Taylor Reassigned to Reading Royals (ECHL) October 8, 2008
Brady Murray Reassigned to HC Lugano (Switzerland) October 9, 2008
Jack Johnson Placed on Injured Reserve October 13, 2008
Matt Moulson Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) November 3, 2008
John Zeiler Activated from Injured Reserve and Loaned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) November 3, 2008
John Zeiler Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) November 17, 2008
Richard Clune Activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) November 19, 2008
John Zeiler Suspended for three games by the NHL November 24, 2008
Brian Boyle Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) November 30, 2008
Brad Richardson Placed on Injured Reserve December 3, 2008
Jonathan Quick Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) December 16, 2008
Jeff Zatkoff Reassigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from Ontario Reign (ECHL) December 17, 2008
Viatcheslav Voynov Loaned to Russian National Junior Team December 18, 2008
Trevor Lewis Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) December 18, 2008
Oscar Moller Loaned to Swedish National Junior Team December 18, 2008
Trevor Lewis Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) December 30, 2008
Brian Boyle Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) December 31, 2008
Oscar Moller Recalled from Swedish National Junior Team January 6, 2009
Viatcheslav Voynov Reassigned from Russian National Junior Team to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 6, 2009
Jeff Zatkoff Reassigned to Ontario Reign (ECHL) from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 13, 2009
Danny Taylor Reassigned from Reading Royals (ECHL) to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 13, 2009
Oscar Moller Placed on Injured Reserve January 14, 2009
Kevin Westgarth Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 14, 2009
Brad Richardson Loaned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on a conditioning assignment January 15, 2009
Brian Boyle Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 17, 2009
Jack Johnson Activated from injured reserve January 17, 2009
Jonathan Bernier Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 18, 2009
Teddy Purcell Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 18, 2009
Jonathan Bernier Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 22, 2009
Kevin Westgarth Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 22, 2009
Brad Richardson Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) January 22, 2009
Denis Gauthier Suspended by NHL for five games February 2, 2009
Davis Drewiske Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) February 2, 2009
Marc-Andre Cliche Activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) February 4, 2009
Oscar Moller Activated from Injured Reserve February 13, 2009
Tom Preissing Placed on Injured Reserve February 13, 2009
Davis Drewiske Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) February 15, 2009
Oscar Moller Loaned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on a Conditioning Assignment February 15, 2009
Bud Holloway Reassigned from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) to Ontario Reign (ECHL) February 18, 2009
Tom Preissing Activated from Injured Reserve March 1, 2009
Raitis Ivanans Placed on Injured Reserve March 1, 2009
Oscar Moller Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 2, 2009
Tom Preissing Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 4, 2009
Teddy Purcell Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 4, 2009
Teddy Purcell Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 4, 2009
Kevin Westgarth Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 7, 2009
Raitis Ivanans Activated from Injured Reserve March 12, 2009
Davis Drewiske Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 20, 2009
Justin Williams Activated from Injured Reserve March 20, 2009
Colten Teubert Reassigned to Ontario Reign (ECHL) March 20, 2009
Kevin Westgarth Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 23, 2009
Brian Boyle Recalled from Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 27, 2009
Thomas Hickey Reassigned to Manchester Monarchs (AHL) March 31, 2009

Draft picks[edit]

LA 's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in OttawaOntario.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Drew Doughty D  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
1 13 Colten Teubert D  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
2 32 Vyacheslav Voinov D  Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk (RSL)
3 63 Robert Czarnik C/RW  United States USA U-18 (NTDP)
3 74 Andrew Campbell D  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
3 88 Geordie Wudrick LW  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
5 123 Andrei Loktionov C  Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)
6 153 Justin Azevedo C  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 183 Garrett Roe LW  United States St. Cloud State Huskies (WCHA)

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

The Kings have one American Hockey League affiliate in the Manchester Monarchs. They also have two ECHL affiliates in the Ontario Reign and Reading Royals. All three are owned in part by the Kings' parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2009_games.html
  2. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.