2009–10 Vancouver Canucks season

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2009–10 Vancouver Canucks
Northwest Division champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2009–10 record 49–28–5
Home record 30–8–3
Road record 19–20–2
Goals for 272
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Mike Gillis
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Roberto Luongo
Alternate captains Ryan Kesler
Willie Mitchell
Henrik Sedin
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 18,810 (102.1%)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Alexandre Burrows (35)
Assists Henrik Sedin (83)
Points Henrik Sedin (112)
Penalties in minutes Darcy Hordichuk (142)
Plus/minus (+): Daniel Sedin (+36)
(−)::Christian Ehrhoff (+36)
(−): Darcy Hordichuk (−7)
Wins Roberto Luongo (40)
Goals against average Andrew Raycroft (2.42)

The 2009–10 Vancouver Canucks season was the 40th season the Vancouver Canucks franchise has played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Season events[edit]

Off-season[edit]

Entry draft[edit]

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft the Vancouver Canucks drafted seven players. The Canucks did not have their own seventh round draft pick as it had previously been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jason LaBarbera.[2] The Canucks acquired a sixth round draft pick from the Phoenix Coyotes in return for Shaun Heshka.[3]

Free agency[edit]

On July 1, the Vancouver re-signed Daniel and Henrik Sedin to matching 5-year contracts worth $31 million each. The contracts will pay each Sedin $6.1 million per season.[4]

Mikael Samuelsson was signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 3, 2009. His contract was for three years and worth $2.5 million per season.[5]

However, the team lost free agent Mattias Ohlund, who signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ohlund spent the first eleven seasons of his NHL career with the Canucks. He was offered, and signed, a seven-year contract with the Lightning worth $26.25 million,[6] an offer which the Canucks could not match.

On August 17, 2009, the Canucks signed prospect Sergei Shirokov to a 2-year contract worth $1.75 million.[7] Shirokov was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Trades[edit]

On August 28, 2009, Mike Gillis traded prospects centre Patrick White and defenceman Daniel Rahimi to the San Jose Sharks for defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.[8]

Pre-season[edit]

As part of the Kraft Hockeyville promotion, the Canucks played the New York Islanders in Terrace, British Columbia, for their first pre-season game.[9] The Canucks won by a score of 2–1.

On September 2, General Manager Mike Gillis announced that he had re-signed starting goaltender Roberto Luongo to a 12-year contract extension worth $64 million.[10] With Luongo being 30 years old at the time of the extension, the contract effectively ensured Luongo would be with the Canucks for the rest of his career. The deal featured a no trade clause (NTC). The NTC had two additional clauses, however: in the fifth season, Luongo will be able to request a trade, and in the seventh season, the Canucks have the option to trade Luongo without needing Luongo to waive his NTC.[11]

On September 24, 2009, Mike Gillis signed head coach Alain Vigneault to a three-year contract extension.[12] The extension will keep Vigneault behind the bench through the 2012–13 season. Vigneault joined the club in the 2006–07 season and led the Canucks to their two Northwest Division titles in the previous three seasons.

Regular season[edit]

The 2010 Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver—the first Winter Olympics in an NHL market since the NHL began to allow its players to compete in Olympic competition. As a result, the Canucks undertook the longest road trip in NHL history, with 14 games over six weeks, from January 27 to March 13, 2010,[13] to allow General Motors Place to be used for ice hockey during the games.[14] GM Place was renamed "Canada Hockey Place" during the games, as the International Olympic Committee doesn't allow corporate sponorship for venues. The Canucks' former arena, Pacific Coliseum, was also a venue during the games, hosting figure skating and short track speed skating.

Forward Ryan Kesler was signed to a 6-year contract extension on March 19, 2010. The new contract was worth $30 million.[15]

On the NHL trade deadline day, March 3, the Canucks acquired defenceman Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[16]

On March 17, 2010, the Canucks signed their first round draft pick from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Jordan Schroeder.[17] The deal was a standard entry-level contract for three years. The contract was for the entry-level maximum of US$900,000 per season along with a $270,000 signing bonus.[18] However, because the contract was signed after the NHL trade deadline, Schroeder was ineligible to play for the Canucks for the remainder of the season. As a result, Schroeder signed an amateur tryout contract with the Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.

The Canucks clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive year with a shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks on April 2. The Canucks also managed to clinch a second consecutive Northwest Division title when they defeated the Minnesota Wild in overtime on April 4. The win secured the Canucks a top three seed in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs and home ice advantage in the first round.

On April 18, 2010, the Canucks signed their 2009 third round draft pick, Kevin Connauton. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.[19] However, like Schroeder, Connauton was ineligible to play for the Canucks as his contract was signed after the NHL trade deadline.

The Canucks finished the regular season third overall in the Western Conference.[20] They were the second highest scoring team, with 268 goals for, averaging 3.27 goals per game.[21]

Playoffs[edit]

The Canucks entered the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs as the third seed in the Western Conference. This was the first time the Canucks made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since the 2004–05 NHL lockout. In the first round, the Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings in six games. The Canucks lost the following round, the Conference Semifinals, to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

1.^ Game played in Terrace, British Columbia as part of Kraft Hockeyville promotion

Regular season[edit]

2009–10 game log

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

Playoffs[edit]

2010 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division[22]
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[23]
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)

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= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo 68 3,899 40 22 4 167 2.57 1915 1748 .913 4
Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft 21 967 9 5 1 39 2.42 438 399 .911 1
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider 2 79 0 1 0 5 3.80 59 54 .915 0
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo 12 707 6 6 38 3.22 362 324 .895 0
Raycroft, AndrewAndrew Raycroft 1 25 0 1 1 2.40 7 6 .857 0

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

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Regular season
Player Record Reached
Roberto Luongo Franchise shutouts leader, 21 October 25, 2009
Henrik Sedin Franchise assists leader, 416 March 14, 2010
Henrik Sedin Single season assists record, 83 March 27, 2010
Vancouver Canucks Single season franchise home wins, 28 March 30, 2010
Henrik Sedin Single season points record, 112 April 10, 2010

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Sergei Shirokov 1st game October 1, 2009
Guillaume Desbiens 1st game October 11, 2009
Michael Grabner 1st game
1st assist
1st point
October 16, 2009
Michael Grabner 1st goal October 21, 2009
Mario Bliznak 1st game October 30, 2009
Henrik Sedin 1st career hat trick November 14, 2009
Daniel Sedin 3rd career hat trick December 10, 2009
Mason Raymond 1st career hat trick December 27, 2009
Alexandre Burrows 2nd career hat trick January 5, 2010
Alexandre Burrows 3rd career hat trick January 7, 2010
Steve Bernier 300th career game January 7, 2010
Kyle Wellwood 300th career game January 7, 2010
Evan Oberg 1st game January 9, 2010
Henrik Sedin 700th career game January 30, 2010
Christian Ehrhoff 400th career game February 11, 2010[24]
Andrew Raycroft 100th career win February 12, 2010[25]
Mikael Samuelsson 1st career hat trick March 9, 2010
Daniel Sedin 200th career goal March 23, 2010
Daniel Sedin 700th career game April 1, 2010
Michael Grabner 1st career hat trick April 2, 2010
Daniel Sedin 4th career hat trick April 10, 2010

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Henrik Sedin[26] NHL Third Star of the Week October 12, 2009
Daniel Sedin[27] NHL Second Star of the Week December 14, 2009
Roberto Luongo[28] NHL Third Star of the Week December 28, 2009
Henrik Sedin[29] NHL First Star of the Month December 2009
Alexandre Burrows[30] NHL First Star of the Week January 11, 2010
Henrik Sedin[31] NHL Second Star of the Month January 2010
Mikael Samuelsson[32] NHL First Star of the Week March 15, 2010
Henrik Sedin[33] NHL Third Star of the Month March 2010
Christian Ehrhoff Babe Pratt Trophy winner April 10, 2010
Henrik Sedin Cyclone Taylor Trophy winner April 10, 2010
Henrik Sedin Cyrus H. McLean Trophy winner April 10, 2010
Mason Raymond Fred J. Hume Award winner April 10, 2010
Henrik Sedin Molson Cup winner April 10, 2010
Alexandre Burrows Most Exciting Player Award winner April 10, 2010
Henrik Sedin[34] Art Ross Trophy winner April 11, 2010
Henrik Sedin[35] Hart Trophy winner June 23, 2010

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 27, 2009
[36]
To Vancouver Canucks----7th-round draft pick in 2009 To Phoenix Coyotes----Shaun Heshka
August 28, 2009
[37]
To Vancouver Canucks----Christian Ehrhoff
Brad Lukowich
To San Jose Sharks----Daniel Rahimi
Patrick White
March 3, 2010
[38]
To Vancouver Canucks----Yan Stastny To St. Louis Blues----Pierre-Cedric Labrie
March 3, 2010
[39]
To Vancouver Canucks----Sean Zimmerman
Conditional 6th-round draft pick in 2010
To Phoenix Coyotes----Mathieu Schneider
March 3, 2010
[40]
To Vancouver Canucks----Andrew Alberts To Carolina Hurricanes----3rd-round draft pick in 2010


Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Aaron Rome Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $550,000[41]
Lawrence Nycholat Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $500,000[42]
Mikael Samuelsson Detroit Red Wings 3 years, $7.5 million[43]
Tanner Glass Florida Panthers 1 year, $500,000[44]
Andrew Raycroft Colorado Avalanche 1 year, $500,000[45]
Michael Funk Buffalo Sabres 1 year[46]
Mathieu Schneider Montreal Canadiens 1 year, $1.55 million[45]
Matt Pettinger Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $500,000[47]

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team Contract terms
Mattias Ohlund Tampa Bay Lightning 7 years, $26.25 million[48]
Jason LaBarbera Phoenix Coyotes 2 years, $2 million[49]
Jason Krog Atlanta Thrashers 2 years, $1.1 million[44]
Jason Jaffray Calgary Flames 2 years, $1 million[50]
Mark Cullen Chicago Blackhawks 1 year[51]
Zack Fitzgerald Carolina Hurricanes 1 year[52]
Ossi Vaananen HC Dinamo Minsk (KHL) [53]
Rob Davison New Jersey Devils [54]
Taylor Pyatt Phoenix Coyotes 1 year[55]

Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
1 22 Jordan Schroeder (C)  United States University of Minnesota (WCHA)
2 53 Anton Rodin (RW)  Sweden Brynäs IF (Swe-Jr.)
3 83 Kevin Connauton (D)  Canada Western Michigan University (CCHA)
4 113 Jeremy Price (D)  Canada Nepean Raiders (CJHL)
5 143 Peter Andersson (D)  Sweden Frölunda HC (Swe-Jr.)
6 173 Joe Cannata (G)  United States Merrimack College (Hockey East)
7 1871 Steven Anthony (LW)  Canada Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

^1 This draft pick originally belonged to the Phoenix Coyotes. It was acquired from Phoenix in exchange for Shaun Heshka.[3]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ Henrik Sedin named Hart Trophy winner
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  37. ^ Canucks acquire Brad Lukowich and Christian Ehrhoff
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