2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers season

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2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
2008–09 record 44–27–11
Home record 24–13–4
Road record 20–14–7
Goals for 264
Goals against 238
Team information
General Manager Paul Holmgren
Coach John Stevens
Captain Mike Richards
Alternate captains Simon Gagne
Kimmo Timonen
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,545[1]
Team leaders
Goals Jeff Carter (46)
Assists Mike Richards (50)
Points Jeff Carter (84)
Penalties in minutes Riley Cote (174)
Plus/minus Jeff Carter (+23)
Wins Martin Biron (29)
Goals against average Martin Biron (2.76)
Antero Niittymaki (2.76)

The 2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 42nd season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flyers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Regular season[edit]

The Flyers began the 2008–09 season by naming Mike Richards the 17th captain in Flyers history on September 17,[2] with Jason Smith headed to the Ottawa Senators as a free agent. The Flyers were looking to build on the success of the previous season, but instead got off to an 0–3–3 start which became indicative of the season ahead. Despite a solid December and January, and finishing with four points more than the year before, for the most part the 2008–09 Flyers were an inconsistent unit, playing at the top of their ability one night while subpar the next. Defenseman Derian Hatcher missed the entire regular season and playoffs with a knee injury, and Steve Downie was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Matt Carle. Two pleasant surprises were the emergence of rookie center Claude Giroux and defenseman Luca Sbisa, who was drafted by the Flyers in June with the 19th overall pick acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R. J. Umberger, the victim of a salary cap crunch. Scottie Upshall also found himself the victim of such a crunch, traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo at the trade deadline.

Despite holding on to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference for much of the season, due to a 4–5–1 finish to the season, highlighted by a home loss to the New York Rangers on the last day of the regular season, the Flyers slipped to the fifth seed and lost home-ice advantage in their first round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers finished the regular season having scored the most shorthanded goals in the NHL, with 16, and having allowed the fewest shorthanded goals, with just one.[3]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – New Jersey Devils 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
4 New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
5 New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61

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


Playoffs[edit]

Pittsburgh dominated the Flyers in Game 1, and despite a better effort by the Flyers in Game 2, Pittsburgh came to Philadelphia with a 2–0 series lead. The Flyers were the better team in Games 3 and 4, but Pittsburgh gained a split in Philadelphia and took a 3–1 series lead. After a decisive 3–0 win in Game 5, the Flyers jumped out to a 3–0 lead in Game 6, but promptly fell victim to the inconsistencies that plagued the team all season and gave up five unanswered goals in a season-ending 5–3 loss.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

2008 pre-season[4]

Legend:   Win   Loss   Overtime/shootout loss

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 regular season

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

Playoffs[edit]

2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

  • Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
  • dagger = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
  • double-dagger = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
17 Carter, JeffJeff Carter 24 C 82 46 38 84 23 68 6 1 0 1 −2 8
18 Richards, MikeMike Richards 23 C 79 30 50 80 22 63 6 1 4 5 −4 6
12 Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne 28 LW 79 34 40 74 21 42 6 3 1 4 −4 2
19 Hartnell, ScottScott Hartnell 26 LW 82 30 30 60 14 143 6 1 1 2 −2 23
15 Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul 25 RW 79 25 25 50 1 58 6 1 1 2 1 2
22 Knuble, MikeMike Knuble 36 RW 82 27 20 47 5 62 6 2 1 3 −2 2
44 Timonen, KimmoKimmo Timonen 33 D 77 3 40 43 19 54 6 0 1 1 −3 12
5 Coburn, BraydonBraydon Coburn 23 D 80 7 21 28 7 97 6 0 3 3 2 7
28 Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux 21 RW 42 9 18 27 10 14 6 2 3 5 2 6
48 Briere, DannyDanny Briere 31 C 29 11 14 25 −1 26 6 1 3 4 −1 8
25 Carle, MattMatt Carledagger 24 D 64 4 20 24 2 16 6 0 3 3 0 4
9 Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshalldouble-dagger 25 RW 55 7 14 21 5 63
45 Asham, ArronArron Asham 30 RW 78 8 12 20 0 155 6 1 1 2 −1 6
13 Metropolit, GlenGlen Metropolitdouble-dagger 34 C 55 4 10 14 −1 15
41 Alberts, AndrewAndrew Albertsdagger 27 D 79 1 12 13 6 61 6 0 1 1 1 10
36 Powe, DarrollDarroll Powe 23 C 60 6 5 11 −8 35 6 1 2 3 0 7
23 Vaananen, OssiOssi Vaananendouble-dagger 28 D 46 1 9 10 7 22
6 Jones, RandyRandy Jones 27 D 47 4 4 8 8 22 6 0 1 1 1 0
47 Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa 19 D 39 0 7 7 −6 36 1 0 0 0 0 2
13 Carcillo, DanielDaniel Carcillodagger 24 LW 20 0 4 4 −2 80 5 1 1 2 3 5
77 Parent, RyanRyan Parent 21 D 31 0 4 4 3 10 6 0 0 0 −3 6
14 Nodl, AndreasAndreas Nodl 21 RW 38 1 3 4 −15 2
32 Cote, RileyRiley Cote 26 LW 63 0 3 3 −7 174
43 Biron, MartinMartin Biron 31 G 55 0 4 4 N/A 0 6 0 0 0 N/A 0
24 Gratton, JoshJosh Grattondagger 26 LW 19 1 2 3 −2 57
46 Kalinski, JonJon Kalinski 21 C 12 1 2 3 −2 0
26 Eminger, SteveSteve Emingerdouble-dagger 25 D 12 0 2 2 0 8
3 Kukkonen, LasseLasse Kukkonen 27 D 22 0 2 2 −2 10
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 28 G 32 0 1 1 N/A 2
11 Kane, BoydBoyd Kane 30 LW 1 0 0 0 0 0
26 Syvret, DannyDanny Syvret 23 D 2 0 0 0 −1 0
27 Downie, SteveSteve Downiedouble-dagger 21 RW 6 0 0 0 −4 11
29 Guenin, NateNate Guenin 26 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
60 Raduns, NateNate Raduns 24 C 1 0 0 0 0 0
42 Ross, JaredJared Ross 26 C 10 0 0 0 −4 2 6 1 0 1 0 0
40 Sloane, DavidDavid Sloane 23 D 1 0 0 0 0 0
51 Fritsch, JamieJamie Fritsch 23 D 1 0 0 0 1 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
No. Player Age GP W L OT SO GA SV% GAA MIN GP W L SO GA SV% GAA MIN
43 Biron, MartinMartin Biron 31 55 29 19 5 2 146 .915 2.76 3177 6 2 4 1 16 .919 2.56 375
30 Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymaki 28 32 15 8 6 1 83 .912 2.76 1805

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

League awards and honors
Award or honor Recipient Ref
NHL 2nd Star of the Month Jeff Carter (December) [5]
NHL 1st Star of the Week Mike Richards (February 23) [6]
NHL 2nd Star of the Week Jeff Carter (December 22) [7]
NHL 3rd Star of the Week Simon Gagne (November 3) [8]
Selected to NHL All-Star Game Jeff Carter [9]
Team awards[10]
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Kimmo Timonen
Bobby Clarke Trophy Mike Richards
Gene Hart Memorial Award Scott Hartnell
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy Darroll Powe
Toyota Cup Jeff Carter
Yanick Dupre Memorial Class Guy Award Danny Briere

Records[edit]

Individual[edit]

Franchise player records set during the 2008–09 season
Record Type Total Player Ref
Shorthanded goals scored Season 7[a] Mike Richards [11]
Game-winning goals scored Season 12[b] Jeff Carter [11]

Team[edit]

Franchise team records set during the 2008–09 season
Record Type Total Refs
Fewest shorthanded goals allowed Season 1

Milestones[edit]

Individual career milestones
Milestone Player Details Date Ref
25th shutout Martin Biron Stopped all 34 shots against the Los Angeles Kings February 25, 2009 [12]

Transactions[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions from June 5, 2008, the day after the deciding game of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, through June 12, 2009, the day of the deciding game of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.[13]

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 6, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Danny Syvret
To Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Potulny
[14]
June 18, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville's 7th-round pick in 2008
conditional 4th-round pick in 2009[c]
To Tampa Bay Lightning
rights to Vaclav Prospal
[16]
June 20, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Colorado's 1st-round pick in 2008
3rd-round pick in 2008
To Columbus Blue Jackets
rights to R. J. Umberger
4th-round pick in 2008
[17]
June 20, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Eminger
3rd-round pick in 2008
To Washington Capitals
1st-round pick in 2008
[18]
June 21, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
7th-round pick in 2009
To Anaheim Ducks
7th-round pick in 2008
[19]
June 24, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Janne Niskala
To Nashville Predators
Triston Grant
7th-round pick in 2009
[20]
June 30, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Tim Ramholt
To Calgary Flames
Kyle Greentree
[21]
June 30, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2009
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Janne Niskala
[22]
July 1, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Patrik Hersley
Ned Lukacevic
To Los Angeles Kings
Denis Gauthier
2nd-round pick in 2010
[23]
October 13, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Andrew Alberts
To Boston Bruins
Ned Lukacevic
conditional 3rd or 4th-round pick in 2009[d]
[25]
October 30, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Josh Gratton
To Nashville Predators
Tim Ramholt
[26]
November 7, 2008 To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Carle
San Jose's 3rd-round pick in 2009
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Steve Downie
Steve Eminger
Tampa Bay's 4th-round pick in 2009
[27]
March 4, 2009 To Philadelphia Flyers
Daniel Carcillo
To Phoenix Coyotes
Scottie Upshall
2nd-round pick in 2011
[28]
March 4, 2009[e] To Philadelphia Flyers
Kyle McLaren
To San Jose Sharks
6th-round pick in 2009
[28]

Signings[edit]

Free agency[edit]

The following players were signed by the Flyers via free agency. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Previous team (league) Contract details Ref
July 1, 2008 Sean Curry Providence Bruins (AHL) 2 years, $1.125 million* [30]
July 1, 2008 Glen Metropolit Boston Bruins 2 years, $2 million [30]
July 1, 2008 Nate Raduns Worcester Sharks (AHL) 1 year, $555,000* [30]
July 1, 2008 Ossi Vaananen Djurgardens IF (Elitserien) 1 year, $1 million [30]
July 7, 2008 Arron Asham New Jersey Devils 2 years, $1.28 million [31]
September 18, 2008 Jean-Sebastien Aubin Anaheim Ducks 1 year* [32]
March 26, 2009 Johan Backlund Timra IK (Elitserien) 1 year, $800,000*[f] [33]
June 10, 2009 Ray Emery Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL) 1 year, $1.5 million [34]

Re-signed[edit]

The following players were re-signed by the Flyers. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player Contract details Notes Ref
June 26, 2008 Jeff Carter 3 years, $15 million [35]
June 29, 2008 Steve Eminger 1 year, $1.2 million Acquired in June 20 trade [36]
July 2, 2008 Riley Cote 3 years, $1.65 million [37]
July 2, 2008 Randy Jones 2 years, $5.5 million [37]
July 2, 2008 Danny Syvret 1 year, $550,000*
July 15, 2008 Nate Guenin 1 year, $550,000*
July 21, 2008 Joffrey Lupul 4 years, $17 million extension [38]

Entry level contracts[edit]

The following players — Flyers draft picks, undrafted free agents, and the unsigned draft picks of other teams — were signed by the Flyers to entry level contracts.

Date Player Previous team (league) Draft Contract details Ref
July 22, 2008 Kevin Marshall Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL) 2007 2nd-round pick 3 years, $2.625 million [39]
August 7, 2008 Chris Zarb Ferris State University (CCHA) 2004 5th-round pick
October 1, 2008 Luca Sbisa Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 2008 1st-round pick 3 years, $2.625 million [40]
April 1, 2009 James van Riemsdyk University of New Hampshire (HE) 2007 1st-round pick 3 years, $4.962 million [41]

Waivers[edit]

The Flyers were involved in the following waivers transactions.

Date Player Claimed by Claimed from Ref
February 27, 2009 Glen Metropolit Montreal Canadiens Philadelphia Flyers [42]
February 27, 2009 Ossi Vaananen Vancouver Canucks Philadelphia Flyers [43]

Departures[edit]

The following players left the team via free agency, release, or retirement. Players who were under contract and left the team during the season are marked with an asterisk (*).

Date Player New team (league) Via Notes Ref
July 3, 2008 Rory Fitzpatrick Florida Panthers Free agency [44]
July 3, 2008 Stefan Ruzicka Spartak Moscow (KHL) Free agency Flyers retained NHL rights [45]
July 8, 2008 Jason Smith Ottawa Senators Free agency [46]
July 14, 2008 Patrick Thoresen HC Lugano (NLA) Free agency Flyers retained NHL rights [47]
July 25, 2008 Martin Grenier Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) Free agency [48]
July 31, 2008 Jaroslav Modry HC Liberec (CZE) Free agency [49]
August 21, 2008 Rejean Beauchemin Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) Free agency [50]
August 28, 2008 Darren Reid Hershey Bears (AHL) Free agency [51]
October 22, 2008 Martin Houle Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) Free agency [52]
November 8, 2008 Jesse Boulerice Colorado Avalanche Free agency [53]
November 17, 2008 Frederik Cabana* Release [54]
April 7, 2009 Jim Dowd Retirement [55]

Draft picks[edit]

Philadelphia's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario on June 20–21, 2008.[56] The Flyers traded their originally allotted second, third, fifth, and seventh-round picks in four separate trades.[57]

Players drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008 and their NHL career regular season statistics (complete through the end of the 2016–17 season)
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L OT GAA Notes
1 19 Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa Defense   Switzerland Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 465 16 72 88 329 &
&
&
&
[g]
3 67 Bourdon, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Bourdon Defense  Canada Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) 45 4 3 7 52 &
&
&
&
[g]
3 84 De Serres, JacobJacob De Serres Goaltender  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
[h]
6 178 Rinaldo, ZacZac Rinaldo Center  Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL) 275 9 18 27 655 &
&
&
&
7 196 Eriksson, JoacimJoacim Eriksson Goaltender  Sweden Brynäs IF (Elitserien) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.00 [i]

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey LeaguePhiladelphia Phantoms[58][59] (Standings)

The 2008–09 season was the Phantoms' last playing in the Wachovia Spectrum and means they will move following the season. Comcast Spectacor sold the Phantoms to the Brooks Group of Pittsburgh on February 4, 2009, and the new ownership has expressed interest in eventually moving the Phantoms to Allentown provided that a multi-purpose arena can be constructed there. Until a permanent new home is found for the club it will have to operate starting in 2009–10 in a temporary location. The site being given the most serious consideration for that is Glen Falls, the former home of the AHL Adirondack Red Wings from 1979 to 1999.[60] Comcast Spectacor continues to operate the team through the conclusion of the 2008–09 AHL season and playoffs.

With Craig Berube returning to his role as an assistant coach with the Flyers, John Paddock was named head coach of the Phantoms. The Phantoms trailed the Binghamton Senators by as many as 12 points on March 14 for the final playoff spot in the East Division,[61] but came back to overtake Binghamton and clinch the final playoff spot in the final regular season game at the Spectrum. The Phantoms final season in Philadelphia came to an end after being swept from the first round of the playoffs by the Hershey Bears.

ECHLMississippi Sea Wolves[62] (Standings)

Mississippi missed the ECHL playoffs and announced they would suspend operations for the 2009–10 season.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tied mark set by Brian Propp during the 1984–85 season and Mark Howe during the 1985–86 season.
  2. ^ Tied mark set by Brian Propp during the 1982–83 season.
  3. ^ The Flyers would receive the fourth-round pick if the Lightning re-signed Prospal, which they did on June 30.[15]
  4. ^ The Bruins would have received a third-round pick instead of a fourth-round pick if Alberts re-signed with the Flyers after the 2008–09 season. The Flyers did not re-sign Alberts and the draft pick remained a fourth-rounder.[24]
  5. ^ The trade was nullified after McLaren failed his physical.[29]
  6. ^ Contract for the 2009–10 season.
  7. ^ a b The Flyers traded R. J. Umberger and their fourth-round pick, 118th overall, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Colorado Avalanche's first-round pick, 19th overall, and the Blue Jackets' third-round pick, 67th overall, on June 20, 2008.[57]
  8. ^ The Flyers traded their first-round pick, 27th overall, to the Washington Capitals for Steve Eminger and the Capitals' third-round pick, 84th overall, on June 20, 2008.[57]
  9. ^ The Flyers traded Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Nashville Predators' seventh-round pick, 196th overall, and a conditional 2009 fourth-round pick (if Lightning re-sign Prospal) on June 18, 2008.[57]

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