2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers season
|2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers|
|General Manager||Paul Holmgren|
|Alternate captains||Simon Gagne
|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)
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Playoffs
- 3 Schedule and results
- 4 Player statistics
- 5 Awards and records
- 6 Transactions
- 7 Draft picks
- 8 Farm teams
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Flyers began the 2008–09 season by naming Mike Richards the 17th captain in Flyers history on September 17, 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.
|1||y – New Jersey Devils||82||51||27||4||244||209||106|
|4||New York Rangers||82||43||30||9||210||218||95|
|5||New York Islanders||82||26||47||9||201||279||61|
|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|
|7||New York Rangers||AT||82||43||30||9||210||218||95|
|12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||34||35||13||250||293||81|
|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
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
Legend: Win Loss Overtime/shootout loss
|2008–09 regular season|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
|2009 Stanley Cup playoffs|
Legend: Win Loss
- Position abbreviations: C = Center; D = Defense; G = Goaltender; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing
- = Joined team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, signing) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
- = Left team via a transaction (e.g., trade, waivers, release) during the season. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
|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 Carle||24||D||64||4||20||24||2||16||6||0||3||3||0||4|
|9||Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall||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 Metropolit||34||C||55||4||10||14||−1||15||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|41||Alberts, AndrewAndrew Alberts||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 Vaananen||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 Carcillo||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 Gratton||26||LW||19||1||2||3||−2||57||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|46||Kalinski, JonJon Kalinski||21||C||12||1||2||3||−2||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|26||Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger||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 Downie||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||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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
|Award or honor||Recipient||Ref|
|NHL 2nd Star of the Month||Jeff Carter (December)|||
|NHL 1st Star of the Week||Mike Richards (February 23)|||
|NHL 2nd Star of the Week||Jeff Carter (December 22)|||
|NHL 3rd Star of the Week||Simon Gagne (November 3)|||
|Selected to NHL All-Star Game||Jeff Carter|||
|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|
|Shorthanded goals scored||Season||7[a]||Mike Richards|||
|Game-winning goals scored||Season||12[b]||Jeff Carter|||
|Fewest shorthanded goals allowed||Season||1|
|25th shutout||Martin Biron||Stopped all 34 shots against the Los Angeles Kings||February 25, 2009|||
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.
|June 6, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Edmonton Oilers
|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
|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
|June 20, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd-round pick in 2008
|To Washington Capitals
1st-round pick in 2008
|June 21, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
7th-round pick in 2009
|To Anaheim Ducks
7th-round pick in 2008
|June 24, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Nashville Predators
7th-round pick in 2009
|June 30, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Calgary Flames
|June 30, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
6th-round pick in 2009
|To Tampa Bay Lightning
|July 1, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Los Angeles Kings
2nd-round pick in 2010
|October 13, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Boston Bruins
conditional 3rd or 4th-round pick in 2009[d]
|October 30, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Nashville Predators
|November 7, 2008||To Philadelphia Flyers
San Jose's 3rd-round pick in 2009
|To Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay's 4th-round pick in 2009
|March 4, 2009||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To Phoenix Coyotes
2nd-round pick in 2011
|March 4, 2009[e]||To Philadelphia Flyers
|To San Jose Sharks
6th-round pick in 2009
|Date||Player||Previous team (league)||Contract details||Ref|
|July 1, 2008||Sean Curry||Providence Bruins (AHL)||2 years, $1.125 million*|||
|July 1, 2008||Glen Metropolit||Boston Bruins||2 years, $2 million|||
|July 1, 2008||Nate Raduns||Worcester Sharks (AHL)||1 year, $555,000*|||
|July 1, 2008||Ossi Vaananen||Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)||1 year, $1 million|||
|July 7, 2008||Arron Asham||New Jersey Devils||2 years, $1.28 million|||
|September 18, 2008||Jean-Sebastien Aubin||Anaheim Ducks||1 year*|||
|March 26, 2009||Johan Backlund||Timra IK (Elitserien)||1 year, $800,000*[f]|||
|June 10, 2009||Ray Emery||Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL)||1 year, $1.5 million|||
The following players were re-signed by the Flyers. Two-way contracts are marked with an asterisk (*).
|June 26, 2008||Jeff Carter||3 years, $15 million|||
|June 29, 2008||Steve Eminger||1 year, $1.2 million||Acquired in June 20 trade|||
|July 2, 2008||Riley Cote||3 years, $1.65 million|||
|July 2, 2008||Randy Jones||2 years, $5.5 million|||
|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|||
Entry level contracts
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|||
|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|||
|April 1, 2009||James van Riemsdyk||University of New Hampshire (HE)||2007 1st-round pick||3 years, $4.962 million|||
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|||
|February 27, 2009||Ossi Vaananen||Vancouver Canucks||Philadelphia Flyers|||
|Date||Player||New team (league)||Via||Notes||Ref|
|July 3, 2008||Rory Fitzpatrick||Florida Panthers||Free agency|||
|July 3, 2008||Stefan Ruzicka||Spartak Moscow (KHL)||Free agency||Flyers retained NHL rights|||
|July 8, 2008||Jason Smith||Ottawa Senators||Free agency|||
|July 14, 2008||Patrick Thoresen||HC Lugano (NLA)||Free agency||Flyers retained NHL rights|||
|July 25, 2008||Martin Grenier||Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)||Free agency|||
|July 31, 2008||Jaroslav Modry||HC Liberec (CZE)||Free agency|||
|August 21, 2008||Rejean Beauchemin||Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)||Free agency|||
|August 28, 2008||Darren Reid||Hershey Bears (AHL)||Free agency|||
|October 22, 2008||Martin Houle||Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)||Free agency|||
|November 8, 2008||Jesse Boulerice||Colorado Avalanche||Free agency|||
|November 17, 2008||Frederik Cabana*||—||Release|||
|April 7, 2009||Jim Dowd||—||Retirement|||
Philadelphia's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario on June 20–21, 2008. The Flyers traded their originally allotted second, third, fifth, and seventh-round picks in four separate trades.
|1||19||Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa||Defense||Switzerland||Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)||465||16||72||88||329||&
|3||67||Bourdon, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Bourdon||Defense||Canada||Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)||45||4||3||7||52||&
|3||84||De Serres, JacobJacob De Serres||Goaltender||Canada||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||&
|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]|
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. 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, 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.
Mississippi missed the ECHL playoffs and announced they would suspend operations for the 2009–10 season.
- Tied mark set by Brian Propp during the 1984–85 season and Mark Howe during the 1985–86 season.
- Tied mark set by Brian Propp during the 1982–83 season.
- The Flyers would receive the fourth-round pick if the Lightning re-signed Prospal, which they did on June 30.
- 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.
- The trade was nullified after McLaren failed his physical.
- Contract for the 2009–10 season.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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