2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes season

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2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes
Division 2nd Southeast
Conference 6th Eastern
2008–09 record 45-30-7
Home record 26-14-1
Road record 19-16-6
Goals for 239
Goals against 226
Team information
General Manager Jim Rutherford
Coach Paul Maurice
Captain Rod Brind'Amour
Alternate captains Eric Staal
Ray Whitney
Arena RBC Center
Average attendance Average: 15,573 (88.7%)
Total: 679,488
Team leaders
Goals Eric Staal (40)
Assists Ray Whitney (53)
Points Ray Whitney (77)
Penalties in minutes Tuomo Ruutu (79)
Plus/minus Eric Staal (15)
Wins Cam Ward (39)
Goals against average Cam Ward (2.44)
<2007–08 2009–10>

The 2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes season is the franchise's 37th season, 30th season in the National Hockey League and 12th as the Hurricanes.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

  • The 2008 NHL Draft started on June 20, 2008.

Offseason[edit]

  • June 5: After 20 seasons in the NHL and 13 as one of the most popular faces of the Hurricanes' franchise, Glen Wesley announced his retirement.[1]
  • September 11: The club announced that they have signed Eric Staal to a 7-year contract extension worth $57.75-million (US).[2]

Regular season[edit]

  • November 7: Laviolette made American NHL history by becoming the winningest US-born NHL coach with his 240th victory. Carolina defeated Ottawa, 2-1.[3]
  • December 2: Peter Laviolette was fired as the head coach and Paul Maurice was rehired in his place. Ron Francis became the team's associate head coach.[4]

The Hurricanes finished the regular season having tied the Montreal Canadiens for the most power-play opportunities, with 374.[5]

Divisional standings[edit]

Southeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
2 Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
3 Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
4 Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

2 points for a win, 1 for an OT or shootout loss, 0 for a loss in regulation

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Boston Bruins NE 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
2 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
3 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
6 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
7 New York Rangers AT 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
8.5
9 Florida Panthers SE 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
11 Ottawa Senators NE 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
13 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
15 New York Islanders AT 82 26 47 9 201 279 61

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)

AT – Atlantic Division, NE – Northeast Division, SE – Southeast Division


Schedule and results[edit]

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

2008–09 Game Log

Record vs. Opponents[edit]

Team Points Record
New Jersey* 106 3–1–0
NY Islanders 61 4–0–0
NY Rangers 95 2–1–1
Philadelphia 99 1–1–2
Pittsburgh 99 2–2–0
Boston* 116 0–4–0
Buffalo 91 2–2–0
Montreal 93 3–0–1
Ottawa 83 2–2–0
Toronto 81 3–1–0
Atlanta 76 3–3–0
Florida 93 3–3–0
Tampa Bay 66 6–0–0
Washington* 108 3–2–1
Chicago 104 0–0–1
Columbus 92 0–1–0
Detroit* 112 1–0–0
Nashville 88 1–0–0
St. Louis 92 2–0–0
Calgary 98 1–0–0
Colorado 69 1–0–0
Edmonton 85 0–1–0
Minnesota 89 0–1–0
Vancouver* 100 0–1–0
Anaheim 91 1–1–0
Dallas 83 1–0–0
Los Angeles 79 0–0–1
Phoenix 79 2–0–0
San Jose* 117 1–0–0

Notes: * denotes division winner; teams in bold are in the Southeast Division; teams in italics qualified for the playoffs; points refer to the points achieved by the team whom the Hurricanes played against

     = Member of the Atlantic Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Southeast Division
     = Member of the Central Division
     = Member of the Northeast Division
     = Member of the Pacific Division

Playoffs[edit]

The Carolina Hurricanes ended the 2008–09 regular season as the Eastern Conference's sixth seed, and got swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

     WIN      LOSS

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Ward, CamCam Ward 68 3928 39 23 5 160 2.44 1901 1741 .916 6
Leighton, MichaelMichael Leighton 19 1028 6 7 2 50 2.92 507 457 .901 0
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Ward, CamCam Ward 18 1101 8 10 49 2.67 576 527 .915 2

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

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = 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
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;

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Brandon Sutter 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 10, 2008
Zach Boychuk 1st NHL Game October 17, 2008
Brandon Sutter 1st NHL Goal October 23, 2008
Dwight Helminen 1st NHL Game October 28, 2008
Anton Babchuk 100th NHL Game October 30, 2008
Dwight Helminen 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
November 2, 2008
Patrick Dwyer 1st NHL Game November 2, 2008
Brett Carson 1st NHL Game December 8, 2008
Bryan Rodney 1st NHL Game December 11, 2008
Bryan Rodney 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
February 3, 2009
Jakub Petruzalek 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
February 5, 2009

News[edit]

On June 14, the Hurricanes agreed to an extension of their lease at the RBC Center by five years through to 2023-24.[7]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
February 7, 2008 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Wade Brookbank
Josef Melichar
2009 fourth round draft pick
To Carolina Hurricanes
Jussi Jokinen

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Josef Melichar Linköping HC (SEL) 1 year/$1 million
Player New team

Claimed from waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Draft picks[edit]

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft is in OttawaOntario. The Hurricanes had the 14th overall pick

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 14 Zach Boychuk (C)  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
2 45 Zac Dalpe (C/RW)  Canada Penticton Vees (BCHL)
4 105 Michal Jordan (D)  Czech Republic Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
6 165 Mike Murphy (G)  Canada Belleville Bulls (OHL)
7 195 Samuel Morneau (LW)  Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

The Albany River Rats are the Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate for the 2008–09 AHL season.

East Coast Hockey League[edit]

The Florida Everblades are the Hurricanes East Coast Hockey League affiliate.

References[edit]