|2008–09 New York Rangers|
|General manager||Glen Sather|
|Coach|| Tom Renney (Oct.–Feb.)|
John Tortorella (Feb.–Apr.)
|Alternate captains|| Scott Gomez |
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Goals||Markus Naslund (24)|
|Assists||Scott Gomez (42)|
Nikolay Zherdev (58)
|Penalty minutes||Colton Orr (193)|
|Plus/minus||Ryan Callahan (+7)|
|Wins||Henrik Lundqvist (38)|
|Goals against average||Lundqvist (2.40)|
The 2008–09 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 82nd season of play and their 83rd season overall. It saw the Rangers qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The Rangers started the season in Europe. First, as part of the inaugural Victoria Cup being held in Switzerland, the Rangers played an exhibition game against SC Bern on September 30, and then the main game against the 2008 European Champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk on October 1 (the first game between a Russian club and an NHL team since 1991). They won both games, and were awarded the first Victoria Cup. The Rangers battled from a 3–0 deficit in the Victoria Cup to win the game by a score of 4–3. Ryan Callahan scored the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left.
On October 3, 2008 Chris Drury was named the 25th captain in Rangers history. The Rangers opened the NHL regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning with two games in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 4 and 5.Alexei Cherepanov, a former first-round draft pick of the Rangers, died suddenly on October 13 during a Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) game in Moscow. The Rangers tied the 1983–84 Rangers for the best start in franchise history with a 5–0 record. The quest for the greatest start in franchise history was put to a halt on October 15, 2008, with a 3–1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers set the franchise record for best start in a season by going 10–2–1 for 21 points in the first 13 games. The 10 wins and 21 points both marked franchise records. On January 24, 2009, the festivities for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game began in Montreal with Brandon Dubinsky and Marc Staal playing for the Sophomore Team in the YoungStars Game. Staal scored two goals in the game, but the Rookie Team won 9–5. Henrik Lundqvist was the Rangers' only All-Star selection, and stopped 12 of 16 shots in the Elimination Shootout during the SuperSkills Competition. On January 25, 2009, Lundqvist stopped 15 of the 21 shots he faced in the second period of the All-Star Game, helping the East beat the West 12–11 in a shootout. On February 3, 2009, the New York Rangers retired Adam Graves' number 9 jersey before a game against the Atlanta Thrashers, joining fellow 1994 Stanley Cup champion teammates Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter, as well as Ranger greats Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin, in the rafters of Madison Square Garden. On February 22, the Rangers retired Andy Bathgate's number 9 and Harry Howell's number 3 jerseys before a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. A day later, Head Coach Tom Renney was fired after five seasons with the Rangers. Former Rangers assistant coach and coach of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, John Tortorella, was hired later that same day to replace Renney. Rangers Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was given the interim assistant coaching position. Shortly after that, Sean Avery made his return to the Rangers, claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars. Head Coach John Tortorella was suspended for Game 6 of the Rangers–Washington Capitals playoff series after an altercation with a fan towards the end of the Rangers' 4–0 loss in Washington, D.C., during Game 5. On May 4, 2009, Markus Naslund announced that he would be retiring after one season with the Rangers.
The Rangers finished the regular season with the League's best penalty-kill percentage, at 87.84%.
|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
Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
|2008-09 Game Log|
The New York Rangers ended the 2008–09 regular season as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed. They were defeated in the first round by the Washington Capitals in seven games.
|2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
‡Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
|Lauri Korpikoski||1st NHL Regular Season Game||October 4, 2008|
|Henrik Lundqvist||200th NHL Appearance||October 15, 2008|
|Brandon Dubinsky||100th NHL Game||October 27, 2008|
|Nikolay Zherdev||300th NHL Game||November 8, 2008|
|Lauri Korpikoski||1st NHL Regular Season Goal|
1st NHL Regular Season Point
|November 12, 2008|
|Marc Staal||100th NHL Game||November 15, 2008|
|Lauri Korpikoski||1st NHL Assist||November 15, 2008|
|Michal Rozsival||500th NHL Game||November 17, 2008|
|Fredrik Sjostrom||300th NHL Game||November 22, 2008|
|Nikolai Zherdev||200th NHL Point||November 24, 2008|
|Scott Gomez||400th NHL Assist||December 3, 2008|
|Corey Potter||1st NHL Regular Season Game||December 7, 2008|
|Ryan Callahan||100th NHL Game||December 16, 2008|
|Dmitri Kalinin||500th NHL Game||December 16, 2008|
|Paul Mara||600th NHL Game||December 23, 2008|
|Colton Orr||200th NHL Game||December 23, 2008|
|Corey Potter||1st NHL Assist|
1st NHL Point
|December 27, 2008|
|Wade Redden||500th NHL Penalty Minute||January 3, 2009|
|Nigel Dawes||100th NHL Game||January 5, 2009|
|Blair Betts||300th NHL Game||January 9, 2009|
|Henrik Lundqvist||1st NHL All-Star Game||January 25, 2009|
|Artem Anisimov||1st NHL Game||February 3, 2009|
|Aaron Voros||100th NHL Game||February 3, 2009|
|Colton Orr||500th NHL Penalty Minute||February 21, 2009|
|Michal Rozsival||200th NHL Point||February 22, 2009|
|Wade Redden||900th NHL Game||February 26, 2009|
|John Tortorella||1st Win as Rangers coach||February 28, 2009|
|Markus Naslund||1,100th NHL Game||March 5, 2009|
|Henrik Lundquist||1st NHL goalie to win 30+ games in first four seasons||March 12, 2009|
|John Tortorella||Winningest US-born coach in NHL history with 245 wins||March 17, 2009|
|Mike Sauer||1st NHL Game||March 24, 2009|
|Nik Antropov||300th NHL Point||March 26, 2009|
|Scott Gomez||700th NHL Game||March 28, 2009|
|Corey Potter||1st NHL Goal||April 2, 2009|
|Artem Anisimov||1st NHL Playoff Game||April 28, 2009|
|Markus Naslund||Final NHL Game||April 28, 2009|
The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2008–09 season.
Free agents acquired
Free agents lost
Claimed from waivers
Lost via waivers
|42||Artem Anisimov||C||L||33||2006||Yaroslavl, Soviet Union|
|80||Nik Antropov||RW||L||41||2009||Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union|
|16||Sean Avery||LW||L||41||2009||North York, Ontario|
|15||Blair Betts||C||L||41||2004||Edmonton, Alberta|
|24||Ryan Callahan||RW||R||36||2004||Rochester, New York|
|23||Chris Drury ( C )||C||R||44||2007||Trumbull, Connecticut|
|17||Brandon Dubinsky||C||L||35||2004||Anchorage, Alaska|
|5||Dan Girardi||D||R||37||2006||Welland, Ontario|
|19||Scott Gomez ( A )||C||L||41||2007||Anchorage, Alaska|
|29||Lauri Korpikoski||LW||L||34||2004||Turku, Finland|
|30||Henrik Lundqvist||G||L||39||2000||Åre, Sweden|
|27||Paul Mara||D||L||41||2007||Ridgewood, New Jersey|
|53||Derek Morris||D||R||42||2009||Edmonton, Alberta|
|91||Markus Naslund ( A )||LW||L||47||2008||Örnsköldsvik, Sweden|
|28||Colton Orr||RW||R||39||2005||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|6||Wade Redden||D||L||43||2008||Lloydminster, Saskatchewan|
|33||Michal Rozsival||D||R||42||2005||Vlašim, Czechoslovakia|
|20||Fredrik Sjostrom||LW||L||38||2008||Färgelanda, Sweden|
|18||Marc Staal||D||L||34||2005||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|40||Steve Valiquette||G||L||43||2003||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|34||Aaron Voros||LW||L||39||2008||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|13||Nikolay Zherdev||RW||R||36||2008||Kiev, Soviet Union|
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||20||Michael Del Zotto||D||Canada||Oshawa Generals (OHL)|
|2||51||Derek Stepan||C||United States||Shattuck-Saint Mary's (USHS-MN)|
|3||75||Evgeny Grachev||C||Russia||Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (Russia)|
|3||90||Tomas Kundratek||D||Czech Republic||Ocelari Trinec (Czech Extraliga)|
|4||111||Dale Weise||RW||Canada||Swift Current Broncos (WHL)|
|5||141||Chris Doyle||C||Canada||P.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL)|
|6||171||Mitch Gaulton||D||Canada||Erie Otters (OHL)|
The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the East Division. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the others being the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Central Division.
John Francis Tortorella is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Tortorella was previously the head coach of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Vancouver Canucks; he led Tampa Bay to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship.
Mykola Olehovych "Nikolay" Zherdev is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently a free agent. He last played for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
Glen Cameron Sather is a Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive. He is the current senior advisor and alternate governor of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the Rangers' general manager until stepping down on July 1, 2015, and then served as their president until April 4, 2019.
Henrik Lundqvist is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played 15 seasons with the New York Rangers. Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in each of his first three seasons, and is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 11 30-win seasons in his first 12 seasons. He holds the record for most wins by a European-born goaltender in the NHL. His dominating play during his rookie season resulted in the New York media and Rangers fans giving him the nickname "King Henrik". During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he led the Swedish men's team to their second Olympic gold medal.
Marek Malík is a Czech former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1994 to 2009.
Marc Staal is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League (NHL) after having played nearly 900 regular season games with the New York Rangers.
The history of the New York Rangers hockey team began in 1926 when the National Hockey League (NHL) granted a franchise to Tex Rickard, the founder of the team. The New York Rangers experienced early success, winning the Stanley Cup in only their second season of existence, and would go on to win two more in the next 12 years.
The 2008–09 NHL season was the 92nd season of operation of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first season since prior to the 2004–05 lockout in which every team played each other at least once during the season, following three seasons where teams only played against two divisions in the other conference. It began on October 4, with the regular season ending on April 12. The Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 12, with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking the championship. The Montreal Canadiens hosted the 57th NHL All-Star Game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009, as part of the Canadiens' 100th season celebration.
Brandon Grae Dubinsky is an American professional ice hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Dubinsky was drafted 60th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers and played for them from 2006 to 2012.
Stephen Valiquette is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Valiquette played 46 games in the National Hockey League, nearly all for the New York Rangers, before finishing his playing career in Europe.
The 2006–07 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 80th season of play and their 81st season overall. It saw the team attempting to build on their surprising run into the playoffs the previous season.
The 2007–08 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 81st season of play and their 82nd season overall. In 2006–07, an impressive late season run brought the team from 12th to 6th place in the Eastern Conference, but the team ran out of steam in the Conference semi-finals before losing in six games to the Buffalo Sabres.
The 2008 Victoria Cup was the first edition of the Victoria Cup challenge, played on October 1, 2008, between the 2008 European Champions Cup winners, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL), at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. The game was played under IIHF rules. The Rangers won the challenge as they battled from a 3–0 deficit to win the game 4–3.
The 2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the 17th season for the franchise in Tampa Bay. After a season of turnover in ownership, management and players, the team had a turbulent regular season. The Lightning failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The 2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the ninth National Hockey League (NHL) season in Columbus, Ohio. On April 8, 2009, the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff berth after a shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, the first berth in team history.
The 2011–12 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 85th season of play and their 86th season overall. The Rangers finished the regular season in first place in the Eastern Conference, winning the Atlantic Division title, the franchise's seventh division title, and their first since the 1993–94 championship season. The team's 51 wins and 109 points were also the most since their last championship. In the playoffs, the Rangers reached the Conference Finals for the first time since 1997, losing to the New Jersey Devils in six games.
The 2012–13 New York Rangers season was the National Hockey League franchise's 86th season of play and their 87th season overall. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout. The lockout ended on January 5 when the NHL and NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) reached an agreement. The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, but were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After the Rangers' season ended, John Tortorella was fired as head coach.
The 2013–14 New York Rangers season was the franchise's 87th season of play and their 88th season overall. It was the Rangers' first season in the newly-created Metropolitan Division, which was created during the NHL's realignment in the 2013 offseason. The Rangers won 25 road games in the regular season, setting a then-franchise record. The season marked the first time the Rangers had returned to the Stanley Cup Finals since their championship in the 1993–94 season. However, they would lose in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.