2008–09 Montreal Canadiens season

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2008–09 Montreal Canadiens
Division2nd Northeast
Conference8th Eastern
2008–09 record41–30–11
Home record24–10–7
Road record17–20–4
Goals for249
Goals against247
Team information
General ManagerBob Gainey
CoachGuy Carbonneau (Oct–Mar)
Bob Gainey (interim) (Mar–Apr)
CaptainSaku Koivu
Alternate captainsChris Higgins (Oct–Jan)
Mike Komisarek (Jan–Apr)
Alexei Kovalev
ArenaBell Centre
Average attendance21,273 (100%)
Total: 893,466
Team leaders
GoalsAlexei Kovalev (26)
AssistsAndrei Markov (52)
PointsAlexei Kovalev (65)
Penalties in minutesMike Komisarek (121)
Plus/minusAlex Tanguay (+12)
WinsCarey Price (23)
Goals against averageCarey Price (2.83)

The 2008–09 Montreal Canadiens season was their 100th season and 92nd in the National Hockey League (NHL). While many make the mistake of believing that the 2008–09 marked the 100 years, it was actually December 4, 2009 that was the 100th anniversary of the team.[1][2]

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft took place in Ottawa on June 20–21 and the free agency period began on July 1.


Throughout much of the off-season, Canadiens' General Manager Bob Gainey pursued a possible contract with unrestricted free agent Mats Sundin, formerly the captain of Montreal's historic rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The signing efforts started prior to July 1, 2008, and continued into August, as Gainey was still actively pursuing Sundin. This, despite the fact that Sundin's agent mentioned his player "wasn't close" to making a decision on his future, and was strongly considering retirement.[3] The chase ended with the acquisition of forward Robert Lang from the Chicago Blackhawks.[4]

The Canadiens also acquired veteran forward Alex Tanguay from the Calgary Flames in exchange for the 25th overall pick in the 2007–2008 entry draft. Enforcer George Laraque and goaltender Marc Denis were signed to the team through free agency. Unrestricted free agents Michael Ryder, Mark Streit and Bryan Smolinski did not return to the team.


The pre-season schedule consisted of the team playing nine games in 13 days. The team claimed victory in six of these encounters. The initial game of the pre-season was played against the Boston Bruins in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadiens took part in the CBC's Kraft Hockeyville Series by playing a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Sporting Centre Benoît Levesque in Roberval, Quebec.[5]

Some noteworthy performances at the Canadiens training camp were put forth by prospects Max Pacioretty,[6] Yannick Weber[citation needed] and Ben Maxwell.[citation needed]

Regular season[edit]

Early Centennial year celebrations[edit]

The team has announced its intention to retire two uniform numbers during the 2008–09 season.[citation needed] As of March 2009, the only confirmed number is Patrick Roy's number 33, which was retired on November 22, 2008.[7] In celebration of the Montreal Canadiens' centennial, the 2009 NHL All-Star Game was held in Montreal on January 25, 2009, and the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, scheduled for June 2009, was awarded to the city.


"I think everybody now can turn the page and get excited."

—Guy Carbonneau, after the Montreal Canadiens concluded their preseason schedule.[8]

On October 10, the Canadiens embarked on a trip for three consecutive road games where they opened the season against the Buffalo Sabres, at the HSBC Arena.[9] Montreal lost the opening game of the season in shootout, but subsequently won 6–1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 11 and 5–3 against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 13.[10][11] The team returned to Montreal after four days on the road and a 2–0–1 record. The Canadiens hosted the Boston Bruins for their 100th home opening game and won 4–3 in shootout, with Alex Tanguay scoring the winning goal.

On October 18, Saku Koivu achieved his 422nd assist with the Montreal Canadiens and surpassed Maurice "the Rocket" Richard at number seven for all-time assists in franchise history. Two days later, he got his 600th NHL career point when the Canadiens defeated the Florida Panthers 3–1.

According to a Forbes report published in late October 2008, the franchise ranks as the third most valuable in the NHL at US$334 million, making an 18% increase in the past season.[12] The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings were respectively ranked first and second in the report.[12] The Canadiens finished October with a 7–1–1 record in Minnesota and concluded the month with two consecutive road wins and a perfect overall road record.[13]



On November 1, against the New York Islanders, Andrei Markov became the second defenceman in franchise history, after Guy Lapointe, to get five points in his first five road games of the season.[14] On November 10, the league announced that forward Tom Kostopoulos was suspended for three games after hitting Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn from behind.[15] On November 11, Chris Higgins got his first NHL career hat-trick in a 4–0 win against the Ottawa Senators.[16] On November 22, the jersey number 33 of legendary goaltender Patrick Roy was retired.[17]

On November 24, against the New York Islanders, Ryan O'Byrne scored on his own net during a delayed penalty call, where Carey Price was pulled off for an extra attacker. On November 29, Mike Komisarek—who was not playing due to injury—temporarily took a place behind the bench as an assistant coach, in replacement of Doug Jarvis, who was at his father's bedside.[18] Rookie right winger Matt D'Agostini was recalled from Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Roman Hamrlik got his 400th NHL career assist in a 3–2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.[19]


On December 2, Saku Koivu achieved his 612th point with the Montreal Canadiens after recording two assists in a 5–4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. He tied Mats Naslund at 11th for all-time points in franchise history. Koivu then surpassed Naslund on December 6 after recording an assist in a 2–1 overtime loss over the New Jersey Devils. Matt D'Agostini scored his first NHL career goal and point and Roman Hamrlik played his 100th game with the club.[20]

The Montreal Canadiens celebrated the 99th anniversary of the franchise on December 4 with a 6–2 win over the New York Rangers. Matt D'Agostini got his first NHL assist in a two-point performance. Georges Laraque got his first two points with his new team.[21] D'Agostini had a successful debut with the team, recording six goals and two assists in his first 11 games.[22] On December 13, Ben Maxwell played his first game in the NHL against the Washington Capitals after Saku Koivu was placed on the injured reserve list. On December 18, against the Philadelphia Flyers, Alexei Kovalev got his 900th NHL career point.

After the Christmas break, the Canadiens were back in action on the road on December 27 and won 3–2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Montreal Canadiens enjoyed their 3000th franchise victory, with a 5–2 win over the Florida Panthers at Sunrise on December 29, solidifying their place as the most successful team in NHL history. Andrei Kostitsyn and Maxim Lapierre scored their first career hat-tricks during this road trip.


General Manager Bob Gainey presented his mid-season report on January 13. He stated that he was looking to improve the team's power play, which was 26th in the league,[citation needed] and he wanted to acquire a proven player capable of helping the power play. When asked by a reporter what was his best transaction since taking over as the team's general manager, he answered that the hiring of Guy Carbonneau as head coach was his best move.[citation needed]


In order to help bolster their power play,[citation needed] Bob Gainey acquired Matthieu Schneider from the Atlanta Trashers for a combination of draft picks. This is Schneider's second tenure with the Canadiens, who began his career in Montreal after being drafted by the team in 1987.

On February 17, Alexei Kovalev was asked by Managing Director Bob Gainey to go home and take a rest.[citation needed] He missed two games. There were rumors that he would be traded and the city was abuzz.[citation needed] Kovalev rejoined the team on February 21 and scored one goal and added two assists in a convincing 5–3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Kovalev received the first star of the game to the delight of the Montreal crowd.

A reporter for the Montreal newspaper La Presse stated on the evening of February 19 that the February 20 edition of the paper would have an exposé that would make the Kovalev situation seem inconsequential. The paper reported that Roman Hamrlik and brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn were involved with a person believed to be part of an organized crime ring in Montreal. Although the players have admitted that they know the person in question, no accusations nor proof has been provided indicating that the players were involved in any illegal activities. The article has since been written off as tabloid journalism and a major example on how the Montreal media negatively treat the Canadiens players.

On February 26, Gainey traded Steve Begin to the Dallas Stars for Doug Janik, who was immediately sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Begin, who was often a healthy scratch during the season, would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Saku Koivu scored his 624th point with the Canadiens with an assist in a February 27 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He became the tenth all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history, surpassing Elmer Lach.

The Canadiens claimed Glen Metropolit off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on February 27. Metropolit was practicing with the Flyers earlier in the day when Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren informed him, "I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that you're playing tonight. The bad news is that you're playing for the Canadiens."[citation needed] The Canadiens were in town playing the Flyers that same day and Metropolit simply moved his equipment to the visitor's dressing room.


Approaching the NHL trade deadline, Bob Gainey traded for Mathieu Schneider and claimed Glen Metropolit. Gainey confirmed that he couldn't risk trading away his young prospects for any "rental players."

On March 9, Gainey announced that he was replacing Guy Carbonneau as head coach until the end of the season. Don Lever was named assistant-coach.

Patrice Brisebois played his 1,000th NHL game on March 14 in a 3–2 lost to the New Jersey Devils. During that same game, Martin Brodeur tied the all-time NHL record for career wins with 551, tying Canadiens great Patrick Roy, who was in attendance at that game. Brodeur was given the first star of the game and received a standing ovation from his home province crowd.

Alex Tanguay scored a season-high five points (two goals and three assists) on March 24 in a 6–3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bell Centre.

Alexei Kovalev scored his 100th goal as a member of the Canadiens (and 23rd goal of the season) in a 4–1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 31.


The Canadiens finished the regular season having tied the Carolina Hurricanes for the most power play opportunities, with 374.[23]


Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division
1 z – Boston Bruins 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
2 Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
4 Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
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
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


The Montreal Canadiens clinched a playoff spot following a 5–4 overtime loss against the Boston Bruins on April 9, 2008, their 81st game of the season.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: vs. (1) Boston Bruins[edit]

The Montreal Canadiens earned the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference by finishing with 93 points in the conference. With key players missing such as Andrei Markov, Mathieu Schneider, Alex Tanguay and Carey Price (who was struggling), they were swept in four games.

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarter-finals vs. (1) Boston Bruins
# Date Venue Visitor Score Home OT Montreal goals Boston goals Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 16 TD Banknorth Garden Montreal 2–4 Boston Bruins Higgins, Kovalev Kessel, Krejci, Chara (PP), Kessel (EN) Thomas 17,565 Boston leads 1–0 [91]
2 April 18 TD Banknorth Garden Montreal 1–5 Boston Bruins Kovalev Savard (PP), Kobasew, Hnidy, Savard (PP), Ryder (PP) Thomas 17,565 Boston leads 2–0 [92]
3 April 20 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 4–2 Montreal Higgins, Weber Kessel, Thornton, Ryder, Kobasew (EN) Thomas 21,273 Boston leads 3–0 [93]
4 April 22 Bell Centre Boston Bruins 4–1 Montreal A. Kostitsyn Ryder, Krejci, Kessel, Ryder Thomas 21,273 Boston wins 4–0 [94]

* Player scoring winning goal is shown in italics.

Player statistics[edit]


Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes


Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Jaroslav Halak 34 1931 18 14 1 92 2.86 1077 .915 1 0 0 0
Carey Price 52 3036 23 16 10 143 2.83 1513 .905 1 0 1 4
Carey Price 4 219 0 4 15 4.11 123 0.878 0
Jaroslav Halak 1 20 0 0 0 0.00 5 1.000 0

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


Player roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
51 United States Francis Bouillon D L 43 2002 New York
71 Canada Patrice Brisebois D R 47 2007 Montreal
28 Canada Kyle Chipchura C L 32 2004 Westlock, Alberta
36 Canada Matt D'Agostini RW R 32 2005 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
25 Canada Mathieu Dandenault D/RW R 42 2005 Sherbrooke, Quebec
38 Canada Marc Denis G L 41 2008 Montreal
26 Canada Josh Gorges D L 34 2007 Kelowna, British Columbia
41 Slovakia Jaroslav Halak G L 33 2003 Bratislava, Slovakia
44 Czech Republic Roman Hamrlik D L 44 2007 Zlín, Czechoslovakia
24 Canada Alex Henry D L 39 2008 Elliot Lake, Ontario
21 United States Chris Higgins RW L 35 2002 Smithtown, New York
53 United States Doug Janik D L 38 2009 Agawam, Massachusetts
11 Finland Saku Koivu (C) C L 43 1993 Turku, Finland
8 United States Mike Komisarek (A) D R 36 2001 West Islip, New York
46 Belarus Andrei Kostitsyn LW L 33 2003 Navapolatsk, U.S.S.R.
74 Belarus Sergei Kostitsyn LW L 31 2005 Navapolatsk, U.S.S.R.
6 Canada Tom Kostopoulos RW R 39 2007 Mississauga, Ontario
27 Russia Alexei Kovalev (A) RW L 45 2004 Tolyatti, U.S.S.R.
20 Czech Republic Robert Lang C R 47 2008 Teplice, Czechoslovakia
40 Canada Maxim Lapierre C R 33 2003 St. Leonard, Quebec
17 Canada Georges Laraque RW R 41 2008 Montreal
84 Canada Guillaume Latendresse RW L 31 2005 Sainte-Catherine, Quebec
79 Russia Andrei Markov D L 39 1998 Voskresensk, U.S.S.R.
80 Canada Ben Maxwell C L 30 2006 North Vancouver, British Columbia
15 Canada Glen Metropolit C R 44 2009 Toronto
3 Canada Ryan O'Byrne D R 34 2003 Victoria, British Columbia
67 United States Max Pacioretty LW L 29 2007 New Canaan, Connecticut
14 Czech Republic Tomas Plekanec C L 36 2001 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
31 Canada Carey Price G L 31 2005 Anahim Lake, British Columbia
24 United States Mathieu Schneider D L 49 2009 New York City
70 Canada Gregory Stewart LW L 32 2004 Kitchener, Ontario
13 Canada Alex Tanguay LW L 38 2008 Sainte-Justine, Quebec
68 Switzerland Yannick Weber D R 30 2007 Morges, Switzerland


Montreal Canadiens staff
Executive operations  

Hockey operations


Awards and records[edit]

Team awards[edit]

On April 11, following the final home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced its award winners for the season.

Player Award Notes
Carey Price Molson Cup Awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and with the most "three stars" recognitions.
Patrice Brisebois Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee Nominated by the Writers Association for league-wide recognition.
Maxime Lapierre Jacques Beauchamp Trophy Awarded by the Sports Writers Association of Montreal to a player for recognition of his outstanding achievement in the game of hockey.

National Hockey League Awards[edit]

All-Star Game[edit]

Elected to starting lineup[edit]
Bill Masterton Trophy nominee[edit]



Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Alexei Kovalev 200th point with the Montreal Canadiens October 12, 2008
Mike Komisarek 300th NHL career game October 18, 2008
Saku Koivu 422nd assist with the Montreal Canadiens
7th all-time in franchise history
October 18, 2008
Saku Koivu 600th NHL career point October 20, 2008
Andrei Markov 500th NHL career game October 25, 2008
Josh Gorges 1st goal with the Montreal Canadiens November 24, 2008
Roman Hamrlik 400th NHL career assist November 29, 2008
Matt D'Agostini 1 NHL career goal
1st NHL career point
December 2, 2008
Roman Hamrlik 100th NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens December 2, 2008
Saku Koivu 612th point with the Montreal Canadiens
T-11th all-time in franchise history
December 2, 2008
Roman Hamrlik 1100th NHL career game December 4, 2008
Matt D'Agostini 1st NHL career assist December 4, 2008
Saku Koivu 613th point with the Montreal Canadiens
11th all-time in franchise history
December 6, 2008
Alex Kovalev 1100th NHL career game December 9, 2008
Ben Maxwell 1st NHL career game December 13, 2008
Alex Kovalev 900th NHL career point December 18, 2008
Andrei Kostitsyn 1st NHL career hat-trick December 27, 2008
Maxime Lapierre 1st NHL career hat-trick December 29, 2008
Max Pacioretty 1st NHL career game
1st NHL career goal
1st NHL career point
January 2, 2009
Marc Denis 1st game with the Montreal Canadiens January 2, 2009
Max Pacioretty 1st NHL career assist January 7, 2009
Robert Lang 2nd NHL career hat-trick January 7, 2009
Yannick Weber 1st NHL career game January 8, 2009
Patrice Brisebois 364th point with the Montreal Canadiens
5th all-time for a defenceman in franchise history
January 8, 2009
Gregory Stewart 1st NHL career assist
1st NHL career point
January 17, 2009
Andrei Markov 300th NHL career point January 17, 2009
Alex Henry 1st game with the Montreal Canadiens February 1, 2009
Mathieu Schneider 1st game with the Montreal Canadiens (since returning to the team)
200th point with the Montreal Canadiens
February 18, 2009
Saku Koivu 623rd point with the Montreal Canadiens
T-10th all-time in franchise history
February 24, 2009
Saku Koivu 624th point with the Montreal Canadiens
10th all-time in franchise history
February 27, 2009
Glen Metropolit 1st game with the Montreal Canadiens February 27, 2009
Patrice Brisebois 1000th game in the NHL March 14, 2009
Alex Kovalev 100th goal with Montreal Canadiens March 31, 2009
Yannick Weber 1st NHL career assist
1st NHL career point
April 9, 2009
Yannick Weber 1st NHL career goal
1st NHL career playoff point
April 20, 2009


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


June 20, 2008
To Montreal Canadiens
Alex Tanguay
5th round pick in 2008 (RW – Maxim Trunev)
To Calgary Flames
25th overall pick in 2008
(RW – Greg Nemisz)
2nd round pick in 2009 (D – Stefan Elliott)
September 12, 2008
To Montreal Canadiens
Robert Lang
To Chicago Blackhawks
2nd round pick in 2010 (C – Jared Knight)
January 5, 2009
To Montreal Canadiens
T. J. Kemp
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Conditional 2010 seventh round draft pick
(LW – John Westin – condition not met)
February 16, 2009
To Montreal Canadiens
Mathieu Schneider
Conditional 2009 3rd round draft pick
(C – Joonas Nattinen)
To Atlanta Thrashers
2nd round pick in 2009 (LW – Jeremy Morin)
3rd round pick in 2010 (D – Julian Melchiori)
February 26, 2009
To Montreal Canadiens
Doug Janik
To Dallas Stars
Steve Begin

February 27, 2009
To Montreal Canadiens
Glen Metropolit
To Philadelphia Flyers
claimed off waivers

Free agent acquisitions[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Georges Laraque Pittsburgh Penguins 3 years, $4.5 million
Marc Denis Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, undisclosed
Alex Henry Nashville Predators 1 year, undisclosed
Ryan Flinn Edmonton Oilers 1 year, undisclosed

Players lost to free agency[edit]

Player New team
Mark Streit New York Islanders
Michael Ryder Boston Bruins
Yann Danis New York Islanders
Janne Lahti Jokerit Helsinki (Fin)
Jonathan Ferland EC Villacher SV (Aus)
Brett Engelhardt Augsburger Panther (Ger)
Duncan Milroy ERC Ingolstadt

Draft picks[edit]

Montreal's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario.[25]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
2 25 Danny Kristo RW USA US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
3 86 Steve Quailer RW USA Northeastern University (Hockey East)
4 116 Jason Missiaen G  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
5 138 Maxim Trunev F  Russia Severstal Cherepovets-2 (Rus3)
7 206 Patrick Johnson F USA University of Wisconsin (NCAA)


Country Broadcaster
 Canada English: CBC, TSN, NHL Network; French: RDS, RIS, RDS.CA
USA Versus, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, HDNet, NHL Network, RDS.CA
 Europe NASN, NHL Network, RDS.CA
 Russia NTV (Russia), RDS.CA
 South Korea

Farm teams[edit]

Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]

The Hamilton Bulldogs remain Montreal's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2008–09.

Cincinnati Cyclones[edit]

Montreal continues their affiliation alongside the Nashville Predators for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL in 2008–09.[26]

See also[edit]


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