2008–09 Edmonton Oilers season

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2008–09 Edmonton Oilers
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 11th Western
2008–09 record 38–35–9
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 20–18–3
Goals for 234
Goals against 248
Team information
General Manager Steve Tambellini
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Ethan Moreau
Alternate captains Ales Hemsky
Shawn Horcoff
Sheldon Souray
Steve Staios
Arena Rexall Place
Average attendance 16,839 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Ales Hemsky (23)
Sheldon Souray (23)
Assists Ales Hemsky (43)
Points Ales Hemsky (66)
Penalties in minutes Zack Stortini (181)
Plus/minus Denis Grebeshkov (+12)
Wins Dwayne Roloson (28)
Goals against average Dwayne Roloson (2.77)

The 2008–09 Edmonton Oilers season was the team's 37th season of play, 30th as a member of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nonetheless, the Oilers celebrated their 30th anniversary.

Pre-season[edit]

  • The NHL Board of Governors on June 18 approved the sale of the Edmonton Oilers. All 34 members of the Edmonton Investors Group agreed in February to sell the club for $200 million to Rexall pharmacy magnate Daryl Katz. The new owner has promised to keep the team in Edmonton and pursue getting a new arena to replace Rexall Place.[1]
  • On July 31, the Edmonton Oilers promoted Kevin Lowe to become president of hockey operations. They also announced that they have hired Steve Tambellini as their new general manager, and had also moved Kevin Prendergast, who was the vice-president of hockey operations, and named him the new assistant general manager.
  • On Friday August 8, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Rick Olczyk has been promoted to the position of assistant general manager and director of hockey operations/legal affairs.

Regular season[edit]

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]

2008–09 Game Log

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

Schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Edmonton Oilers 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
Roloson, DwayneDwayne Roloson 63 3596 28 24 9 166 2.77 1953 1787 .915 1
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 15 814 8 9 0 43 3.17 408 365 .895 0
Deslauriers, JeffJeff Deslauriers 10 539 4 3 0 30 3.34 302 272 .901 0

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

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 39 Years, 177 Days: A NHL record for the oldest goaltender ever played 60 games or more in a season by Dwayne Roloson.
    • 39 Years, 170 Days: A new NHL record for the oldest goaltender ever played 60 games or more in a season by Dwayne Roloson on March 31, 2009.
  • 36: Oilers record for most consecutive starts by Dwayne Roloson.
    • 21: A new Oilers record for most consecutive starts by Dwayne Roloson on March 7, 2009.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Dustin Penner 100th NHL Point October 12, 2008
Lubomir Visnovsky 500th NHL Game
Steve MacIntyre 1st NHL Game October 15, 2008
Jeff Deslauriers 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Win
October 17, 2008
Sheldon Souray 200th NHL Point
Kyle Brodziak 100th NHL Game October 18, 2008
Dwayne Roloson 400th NHL Game October 22, 2008
Ladislav Smid 100th NHL PIM
Tom Gilbert 100th NHL Game October 23, 2008
Ales Hemsky 200th NHL Assist
Zack Stortini 100th NHL Game October 25, 2008
Jeff Deslauriers 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
November 9, 2008
Jason Strudwick 500th NHL Game November 10, 2008
Ethan Moreau 900th NHL PIM November 15, 2008
Liam Reddox 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Andrew Cogliano 100th NHL Game November 17, 2008
Dustin Penner 200th NHL Game November 18, 2008
Shawn Horcoff 500th NHL Game November 20, 2008
Tim Sestito 1st NHL Game November 26, 2008
Sam Gagner 100th NHL Game November 29, 2008
Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Shawn Horcoff 300th NHL Point
1st NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
Steve Staios 1,100th NHL PIM
Rob Schremp 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
December 3, 2008
Liam Reddox 1st NHL Assist December 16, 2008
Jason Strudwick 700th NHL PIM December 22, 2008
Ales Hemsky 300th NHL Point December 26, 2008
Lubomir Visnovsky 300th NHL Point December 28, 2008
Sheldon Souray 900th NHL PIM December 30, 2008
Shawn Horcoff 200th NHL Assist January 3, 2009
Zack Stortini 400th NHL PIM
Erik Cole 300th NHL Point January 13, 2009
Steve MacIntyre 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
Steve Staios 800th NHL Game January 15, 2009
Mathieu Garon 200th NHL Game January 16, 2009
Ethan Moreau 1st NHL Hat-trick January 18, 2009
Ales Hemsky 400th NHL Game February 26, 2009
Jean-Francois Jacques 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
March 3, 2009
Sheldon Souray 600th NHL Game March 17, 2009
Sam Gagner 1st NHL Hat-trick March 19, 2009
Ladislav Smid 200th NHL Game March 26, 2009
Ethan Moreau 1,000 NHL PIM March 27, 2009
Patrick O'Sullivan 200th NHL Game

Transactions[edit]

The Oilers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2008–09 season.