2008–09 Colorado Avalanche season

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2008–09 Colorado Avalanche
Division 5th Northwest
Conference 15th Western
2008–09 record 32-45-5
Home record 18-21-2
Road record 14-24-3
Goals for 199
Goals against 257
Team information
General Manager Francois Giguere
Coach Tony Granato
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Adam Foote
Ian Laperriere
Arena Pepsi Center
Average attendance 15,429
Team leaders
Goals Milan Hejduk (27)
Assists Ryan Smyth (33)
Points Milan Hejduk (59)
Ryan Smyth
Penalties in minutes Ian Laperriere (163)
Plus/minus Ben Guite (+2)
Wins Peter Budaj (20)
Goals against average Peter Budaj (2.86)

The 2008–09 Colorado Avalanche season was the franchise's 37th season, 30th in the National Hockey League, and 14th as the Colorado Avalanche.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Avalanche struggled offensively, finishing 30th overall in scoring with just 192 goals (excluding 7 shootout-winning goals). They were also shut out a league-high 12 times, tied with the Los Angeles Kings.[1][2][3]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Vancouver Canucks 82 45 27 10 246 220 100
2 Calgary Flames 82 46 30 6 254 248 98
3 Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 9 219 200 89
4 Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 9 234 248 85
5 Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 5 199 257 69

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]

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2008–09 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

The Colorado Avalanche 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
Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 56 3231 20 29 5 154 2.86 1531 1377 .899 2
Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft 31 1722 12 16 0 90 3.14 836 746 .892 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Avalanche. Stats reflect time with the Avalanche only.
Traded mid-season

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Milan Hejduk 600th NHL point October 9, 2008
Adam Foote 1,000th NHL game October 12, 2008
Paul Stastny 100th NHL assist October 14, 2008
Andrew Raycroft 200th NHL appearance October 16, 2008
Marek Svatos 200th NHL game October 25, 2008
Scott Hannan 600th NHL game October 30, 2008
Darcy Tucker 200th NHL goal November 8, 2008
Ryan Smyth 300th NHL goal January 18, 2009
Milan Hejduk 300th NHL goal January 18, 2009
Ian Laperriere 1000th NHL game April 10, 2009

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

March 4, 2009
To Colorado Avalanche----Lawrence Nycholat
Ryan Wilson
Montreal's second-round pick (previously acquired) in 2009 draft
To Calgary Flames ----Jordan Leopold

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Andrew Raycroft[4] Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $800,000
Darcy Tucker[4] Toronto Maple Leafs 2 year, $4.5 million
Player New team
Jeff Finger Toronto Maple Leafs
Jose Theodore Washington Capitals
Kurt Sauer Phoenix Coyotes
Andrew Brunette Minnesota Wild

Claimed from waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Jesse Boulerice Edmonton Oilers November 21, 2008

Draft picks[edit]

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

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
2 50 Cameron Gaunce Defenseman  Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
2 61 Peter Delmas Goalie  Canada Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
4 110 Kelsey Tessier Center  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
5 140 Mark Olver Center  Canada Northern Michigan U. (CCHA)
6 167 Joel Chouinard Defenseman  Canada Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
6 170 Jonas Holos Defenseman  Norway Sparta Warriors (GET-ligaen)
7 200 Nathan Condon Center  United States Wausau (HIGH-WI)

Roster[edit]

Updated April 2, 2009.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
39 United States Arnason, TylerTyler Arnason C L 38 2006 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
31 Slovakia Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj G L 34 2001 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
5 Canada Clark, BrettBrett Clark Injured Reserve D L 40 2002 Wapella, Saskatchewan
48 Canada Cumiskey, KyleKyle Cumiskey Injured Reserve D L 30 2006 Abbotsford, British Columbia
52 Canada Foote, AdamAdam Foote (AInjured Reserve D R 45 2008 Whitby, Ontario
43 Canada Galiardi, TJTJ Galiardi LW R 29 2007 Calgary, Alberta
28 Canada Guite, BenBen Guite RW R 38 2006 Montreal, Quebec
22 Canada Hannan, ScottScott Hannan (A) D L 38 2007 Richmond, British Columbia
23 Czech Republic Hejduk, MilanMilan Hejduk (A) RW R 41 1994 Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
37 United States Hensick, T. J.T. J. Hensick C R 31 2005 Lansing, Michigan
54 Canada Jones, DavidDavid Jones Injured Reserve RW R 32 2003 Guelph, Ontario
14 Canada Laperriere, IanIan Laperriere (A) RW R 42 2004 Montreal, Quebec
4 United States Liles, John-MichaelJohn-Michael Liles D L 36 2000 Zionsville, Indiana
47 United States Macias, RaymondRaymond Macias D R 30 2005 Long Beach, California
11 Canada McCormick, CodyCody McCormick C R 34 2001 London, Ontario
55 Canada McLeod, CodyCody McLeod LW L 33 2007 Binscarth, Manitoba
3 Canada Nycholat, LawrenceLawrence Nycholat Injured Reserve D L 38 2009 Calgary, Alberta
50 United States Peltier, DerekDerek Peltier D L 32 2004 Plymouth, Minnesota
1 Canada Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft G L 37 2008 Belleville, Ontario
19 Canada Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic (CInjured Reserve C L 47 1987 Burnaby, British Columbia
24 Belarus Salei, RuslanRuslan Salei D L 42 2008 Minsk, U.S.S.R.
94 Canada Smyth, RyanRyan Smyth Injured Reserve LW L 41 2007 Banff, Alberta
26 United States Stastny, PaulPaul Stastny Injured Reserve C L 31 2005 Quebec City, Quebec
42 Canada Stewart, ChrisChris Stewart RW R 29 2006 Toronto, Ontario
40 Slovakia Svatos, MarekMarek Svatos RW R 35 2001 Košice, Czechoslovakia
29 Sweden Tjarnqvist, DanielDaniel Tjarnqvist Injured Reserve D L 40 2008 Umeå, Sweden
16 Canada Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker RW L 42 2008 Castor, Alberta
41 Canada Vernace, MichaelMichael Vernace D L 31 2006 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Willsie, BrianBrian Willsie RW R 39 2008 London, Ontario
8 Canada Wolski, WojtekWojtek Wolski LW/C L 31 2004 Zabrze, Poland

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

Lake Erie Monsters[edit]

The Avalanche's American Hockey League affiliate was the Lake Erie Monsters, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Johnstown Chiefs[edit]

The Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL were the Avalanche's second-tier affiliate.

References[edit]