2009–10 Colorado Avalanche season

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2009–10 Colorado Avalanche
Division 2nd Northwest
Conference 8th Western
2009–10 record 43–30–9
Home record 24–14–3
Road record 19–16–6
Goals for 244
Goals against 233
Team information
General Manager Greg Sherman
Coach Joe Sacco
Captain Adam Foote
Alternate captains Milan Hejduk
Paul Stastny
Arena Pepsi Center
Average attendance 13,948 (77.4%)
Total: 571,849
Team leaders
Goals Chris Stewart (28)
Assists Paul Stastny (59)
Points Stastny (79)
Penalties in minutes Cody McLeod (138)
Plus/minus Ryan Wilson (+13)
Wins Craig Anderson (38)
Goals against average Anderson, Peter Budaj (2.64)

The 2009–10 Colorado Avalanche season was the franchise's 38th season, 31st in the National Hockey League, and 15th as the Colorado Avalanche.

Off season[edit]

On June 3, 2009, the Avalanche began a complete overhaul of the coaching staff by firing Head Coach Tony Granato, along with Assistants Coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, Goaltending Coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and Video Coordinator PJ DeLuca.[1] Also on June 3, the Avalanche hired Greg Sherman as their new general manager, replacing Francois Giguere, who had been fired in April.[2] On June 4, Joe Sacco was hired to be the new head coach.[3] Before Sacco's hiring, an offer had been made to former Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy to become head coach, which Roy declined.[4]

Defenceman Adam Foote was named team captain following the retirement of long-time captain Joe Sakic.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On July 9, 2009, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic announced his retirement from the NHL after 20 seasons.[5] The Avalanche retired Sakic's jersey #19 in a ceremony before the October 1, 2009 home opener of the 2009-10 season.[6] On November 12, 2009, the Avalanche unveiled a new third jersey.[7]

On February 10, 2010, Kyle Cumiskey scored just 9 seconds into the overtime period to give the Avalanche a 4-3 home win over the Atlanta Thrashers.[8] It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 2009-10 NHL regular season.[9]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division[10]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Vancouver Canucks 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
2 Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
3 Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
4 Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
5 Edmonton Oilers 82 27 47 8 214 284 62

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference[11]
R GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – San Jose Sharks 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 y – Chicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
3 y – Vancouver Canucks 82 49 28 5 272 222 103
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
5 Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
6 Los Angeles Kings 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
7 Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
8 Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 244 233 95
8.5
9 St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
10 Calgary Flames 82 40 32 10 204 210 90
11 Anaheim Ducks 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
12 Dallas Stars 82 37 31 14 237 254 88
13 Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 219 246 84
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79
15 Edmonton Oilers 82 27 47 8 214 284 62

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division)

Game log[edit]

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

2009–10 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

Goaltenders[edit]

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% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts; G= Goals; A= Assists; PIM= Penalties in Minutes

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 71 4235 38 25 7 186 2.64 2233 .917 7 0 3 16
Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 15 728 5 5 2 32 2.64 386 .917 1 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 6 366 2 4 16 2.62 239 .933 1 0 1 0
Budaj, PeterPeter Budaj 1 9 0 0 1 6.67 4 .750 0 0 0 0

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

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Matt Duchene 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 1, 2009
Ryan O'Reilly 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 1, 2009
John-Michael Liles 200th Career NHL Point October 1, 2009
Matt Hendricks 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 10, 2009
Ryan O'Reilly 1st Career NHL Goal October 15, 2009
Ryan Wilson 1st Career NHL Game October 15, 2009
Paul Stastny 200th Career NHL Game October 15, 2009
Matt Duchene 1st Career NHL Goal October 17, 2009
Ryan Wilson 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 23, 2009
Kyle Quincey 100th Career NHL Game November 1, 2009
Paul Stastny 200th Career NHL Point November 4, 2009
Philippe Dupuis 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 4, 2009
Milan Hejduk 800th Career NHL Game November 6, 2009
Ryan Wilson 1st Career NHL Goal November 17, 2009
Chris Durno 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 18, 2009
Wojtek Wolski 100th Career NHL Assist November 20, 2009
John-Michael Liles 400th Career NHL Game November 23, 2009
Scott Hannan 700th Career NHL Game December 2, 2009
Darcy Tucker 900th Career NHL Game December 7, 2009
Justin Mercier 1st Career NHL Game December 9, 2009
Ryan Stoa 1st Career NHL Game December 13, 2009
Brandon Yip 1st Career NHL Game December 19, 2009
Brandon Yip 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
December 22, 2009
Matt Hendricks 1st Career NHL Assist December 22, 2009
Brett Clark 100th Career NHL Assist December 26, 2009
Chris Durno 1st Career NHL Goal December 26, 2009
Brandon Yip 1st Career NHL Assist December 30, 2009
David Koci 100th Career NHL Game January 18, 2010
Ryan Stoa 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 22, 2010
Chris Stewart 100th Career NHL Game January 28, 2010
Brett Clark 500th Career NHL Game January 29, 2010
Justin Mercier 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 31, 2010
Justin Mercier 1st Career NHL Goal February 4, 2010
Marek Svatos 300th Career NHL Game February 4, 2010
Wojtek Wolski 300th Career NHL Game February 12, 2010
Chris Stewart 1st Career NHL Hat Trick March 6, 2010
Kyle Cumiskey 100th Career NHL Game March 14, 2010
Adam Foote 300th Career NHL Point April 4, 2010
Milan Hejduk 700th Career NHL Point April 4, 2010
Ryan Stoa 1st Career NHL Goal April 9, 2010
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Chris Stewart 1st Career NHL Playoff Game
1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 14, 2010
Matt Duchene 1st Career NHL Playoff Game
1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 14, 2010
TJ Galiardi 1st Career NHL Playoff Game
1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 14, 2010
Brandon Yip 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Kyle Cumiskey 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Ryan Wilson 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Ryan O'Reilly 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Matt Hendricks 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Kevin Porter 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2010
Craig Anderson 1st Career NHL Playoff Game
1st Career NHL Playoff Win
April 14, 2010
Brandon Yip 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 16, 2010
Kyle Cumiskey 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 16, 2010
Ryan Wilson 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 16, 2010
Ryan O'Reilly 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 18, 2010
Ryan Stoa 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 18, 2010
Craig Anderson 1st Career NHL Playoff Shutout April 18, 2010
Chris Durno 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 20, 2010

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Craig Anderson[12] NHL Second Star of the Week October 5, 2009
Craig Anderson[13] NHL Second Star of the Week October 19, 2009
Craig Anderson[14] NHL First Star of the Month October 2009
Matt Duchene[15] NHL Third Star of the Week December 7, 2009
Matt Duchene[16] NHL Rookie of the Month December 2009
Craig Anderson[17] NHL Second Star of the Week January 25, 2010
Chris Stewart[18] NHL First Star of the Week March 8, 2010

Transactions[edit]

The Avalanche were involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.