2008–09 Florida Panthers season

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2008–09 Florida Panthers
Division 3rd Southeast
Conference 9th Eastern
2008–09 record 41–30–11
Home record 22–12–7
Road record 19–18–4
Goals for 234
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Jacques Martin
Coach Peter DeBoer
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Bryan Allen
Cory Stillman
Stephen Weiss
Arena BankAtlantic Center
Average attendance 15,531
Team leaders
Goals David Booth (31)
Assists Stephen Weiss (47)
Points Stephen Weiss (61)
Penalties in minutes Nick Boynton (91)
Plus/minus Stephen Weiss (+19)
Wins Tomas Vokoun (26)
Goals against average Tomas Vokoun (2.49)

The 2008–09 Florida Panthers season was the 16th season for the franchise in the National Hockey League. The 2008–09 season was also the eighth consecutive season in which the Panthers did not make the playoffs, missing them via tiebreaker, based upon losing the season series vs. the Montreal Canadiens (1–3).

On June 14, 2008, the Panthers named Peter DeBoer head coach and signed him to a multi-year contract.[1] Former coach Jacques Martin relinquished his coaching duties, but continues as the team's General Manager.

Pre-season[edit]

The Florida Panthers played seven pre-season exhibition games before the start of the regular season. The team went on a road trip across North America to play six games on six consecutive nights, winning only the first two games. The trip included the first-ever NHL game played on Prince Edward Island, against the New York Islanders. After one final pre-season game at home, the Panthers finished the pre-season with a 3–2–2 record.

Regular season[edit]

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

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]

2008–09 Game Log

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Panthers failed to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. They last made the playoffs in 2000.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun 59 3324 26 23 6 138 2.49 1855 1717 .926 6
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 31 1635 15 7 5 74 2.71 977 903 .924 3

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Panthers. Stats reflect time with Panthers only.
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
Jason Garrison 1st NHL Game October 25, 2008
Jay Bouwmeester 400th NHL Game November 2, 2008
Kamil Kreps 100th NHL Game November 2, 2008
Tomas Vokoun 500th NHL Game March 7, 2009

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 20, 2008
To Florida Panthers
Nick Boynton
Keith Ballard
2nd round pick in 2008
To Phoenix Coyotes
Olli Jokinen
September 2, 2008 To Florida Panthers
Bryan McCabe[2]
4th round pick in 2009
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Van Ryn
November 27, 2008
To Florida Panthers
Nick Tarnasky
To Nashville Predators
Wade Belak
March 4, 2009
To Florida Panthers
Steve Eminger
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Noah Welch
3rd round pick in 2009

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Player New team

Claimed from waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Draft picks[edit]

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

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 31 (from Tampa Bay) Jacob Markstrom (G)  Sweden Brynas IF (Sweden Jr.)
2 46 (Nashville via Phoenix) Colby Robak (D)  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 80 (from Colorado) Adam Comrie (D)  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
4 100 AJ Jenks (LW)  United States Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
7 190 Matthew Bartkowski (D)  United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)

Roster[edit]

Updated April 13, 2009.[3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
5 Canada Allen, BryanBryan Allen (A) D L 36 2006 Kingston, Ontario
31 United States Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson G L 36 2006 Park Ridge, Illinois
2 United States Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard D L 34 2008 Baudette, Minnesota
10 United States Booth, DavidDavid Booth LW L 32 2004 Detroit, Michigan
4 Canada Bouwmeester, JayJay Bouwmeester D L 33 2002 Edmonton, Alberta
44 Canada Boynton, NickNick Boynton D R 38 2008 Nobleton, Ontario
11 Canada Campbell, GregoryGregory Campbell C L 33 2002 London, Ontario
22 Canada Cullimore, JassenJassen Cullimore D L 44 2007 Simcoe, Ontario
14 Czech Republic Dvorak, RadekRadek Dvorak RW R 40 2007 Tábor, Czechoslovakia
55 Canada Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger D R 33 2009 Woodbridge, Ontario
67 Czech Republic Frolik, MichaelMichael Frolik C L 29 2006 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
16 Canada Horton, NathanNathan Horton RW R 31 2003 Welland, Ontario
28 Czech Republic Kreps, KamilKamil Kreps C R 32 2003 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
24 Canada McCabe, BryanBryan McCabe D L 41 2008 St. Catharines, Ontario
53 Canada McLean, BrettBrett McLean C L 38 2007 Comox, British Columbia
85 Czech Republic Olesz, RostislavRostislav Olesz LW L 31 2004 Bílovec, Czechoslovakia
18 Finland Peltonen, VilleVille Peltonen LW L 44 2006 Vantaa, Finland
3 Latvia Skrastins, KarlisKarlis Skrastins D L 42 2008 Riga, U.S.S.R.
13 Canada Stewart, AnthonyAnthony Stewart C R 32 2003 La Salle, Quebec
61 Canada Stillman, CoryCory Stillman (A) LW L 43 2008 Peterborough, Ontario
74 Canada Tarnasky, NickNick Tarnasky C L 32 2008 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
29 Czech Republic Vokoun, TomasTomas Vokoun G R 40 2007 Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
9 Canada Weiss, StephenStephen Weiss (A) C L 34 2001 Toronto, Ontario
20 Slovakia Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik LW L 41 2007 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

The Florida Panthers maintain affiliations with two minor league teams, the Rochester Americans and the Florida Everblades.

References[edit]