Mike Cammalleri

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Our national blood sport - Macleans.ca
Except for the inconvenient fact that only hours later, Calgary's Mike Cammalleri delivered an even more flagrant shot to the head of the Blackhawks' Martin Havlat. The Flames winger got two minutes for high-sticking, but no further punishment....
Cammalleri, Hunwick, Turco Lead UM NHL All-Star Voting - MGoBlue
The leading vote getters by position are Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri (UM, 2000-02), Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick (UM, 2004-07) and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco (1995-98). With 24 players in the NHL in 2008-09,...
Mike Keenan says he expects to be back behind Flames? bench next ... - The Canadian Press
Up front, Mike Cammalleri, Bertuzzi and David Moss are the key forwards also headed for free agency. Backup goaltender Curtis McElhenny is also scheduled to become a UFA. The Flames may not be able to afford to re-sign Cammalleri, who had a career-high...
Matt Cooke hit on Erik Cole: worthy of a suspension? - PensBurgh
But then Mike Cammalleri did rocks a guy in the face and no suspension. Alex Ovechkin knees Sergei Gonchar, no suspension. Matt Cooke does and what will happen? Does Matt Cooke deserve a suspension? I'm not sure. I don't know what his intent was,...
Flames GM Darryl Sutter has no plans to clean house for next season - The Canadian Press
Among Calgary's 10 unrestricted free agents, forwards Mike Cammalleri and Todd Bertuzzi are the two most high profile players that Sutter will have to decide on. "You're talking about two guys that have been here for a year," Sutter said....
Flames have no margin for error - Winnipeg Sun
"We'll use it for sure," said Flames winger Michael Cammalleri about how the home team hasn't lost in this series. "I'm not sure how much we'll look into last game or how we will adjust it. You want to park it away and move on....
NHL justice a bit hit &miss - Canada.com
I think the right call was made on [Donald] Brashear, but [Mike] Cammalleri should have got a game. It's shifting sands, so it's hard to understand." Indeed, it's a strange world. Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo was suspended for a game for what was...
Flames almost brought back Gelinas - The Fourth Period
Meanwhile, there doesn't appear to be anything new on the Mike Cammalleri front. Both parties are interested in getting a new contract finalized, but it remains too early in the process. Cammalleri can become an unrestricted free agent July 1,...
Calgary Flames: The Maple Leafs of the West - Bleacher Report
Meanwhile, one of the few bright spots, Mike Cammalleri, looks like he will bolt for the free agent market, especially since the Flames are now committed to Jokinen's $5 million salary for next season. Calgary has few bright spots in their system...

2007–08 NHL season

The Stanley Cup

The 2007–08 NHL season was the 90th season of the National Hockey League. It began on September 29, 2007, with the regular season ending April 6, 2008. The Stanley Cup playoffs ended on June 4, with the Detroit Red Wings taking the championship .The 56th NHL All-Star Game was held in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Thrashers hosted the event at Philips Arena on January 27, 2008. The hosting by Atlanta was rescheduled from 2005, when a lockout cancelled the entire 2004–05 season.

The season featured the debut of Reebok's new Rbk Edge hockey jerseys. This was the first league-wide uniform innovation in the history of any major North American professional sports league. Seven teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new logos prior to the season's beginning.

On March 1, 2007, the NHL announced the regular season would open on September 29, 2007, with the first of back-to-back games in London at The O2. They were the first NHL regular season games ever played in Europe. Both games featured the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks, and the Los Angeles Kings (who are owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, the same company that owns The O2).

The official average attendance per game was 17,625 per game. However, if the two games played at the O2 Arena are counted, the number is 17,309 per game.

On September 17, 2007, the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills football team, on January 1, 2008. The event—known as the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic—was the first time an NHL regular-season game had been played outdoors in the United States, and it set an NHL attendance record of 71,217 people. The only previous outdoor NHL game was the Heritage Classic played between the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium on November 22, 2003.

During board of governors meetings held on September 18, 2007 in Chicago, cities including Las Vegas, Kansas City, Houston, Milwaukee, Quebec City, Seattle, and Winnipeg were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL also discussed the current "unbalanced" schedule and voted on a new schedule format at a board meeting in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce intradivisional play in the 2008–09 season, in essence returning to the scheduling structure that existed in 2003–04, and would have existed in 2004–05. The sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval.

A number of minor rule changes were introduced for the start of the 2007-08 season. Penalty shots can now be awarded when a player with the puck is hauled down from the centre line on in rather than from the opposition's blue-line as previously was the case. Also, the interference rule was altered to allow for a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results. Another change affected faceoff placement: All faceoffs must be conducted at one of the nine dots painted on the rink.

The New Jersey Devils began playing in their new arena, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. However, since the arena was not ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip.

Inter-conference division play had the Northeast visit the Pacific, the Pacific visit the Atlantic, the Atlantic visit the Northwest, the Northwest visit the Southeast, the Southeast visit the Central, and the Central visit the Northeast.

Mike Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on September 29 in the opening game played in London, England.

Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers was severely injured after having his external carotid artery in his neck accidentally cut by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on February 10. Zednik is expected to fully recover from the injury.

The Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators matched up for the first time since the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals on March 3, 2008 at Anaheim.

The Washington Capitals improved from 14th place in the previous season to third place in 2007-08 and winners of the Southeast Division.

The San Jose Sharks went the entire month of March without a regulation loss and were the media's favorite to win the cup going into the play-offs.

The Detroit Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy for finishing the regular season with the most points (115).

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points.

After the 2007–08 NHL regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs.

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage, which gives them a maximum possible four games on their home ice, with the other team getting a maximum possible three. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points; thus, the Detroit Red Wings will have home ice advantage. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team will have Games 1 and 2, plus 5 and 7 if necessary, played on their home ice, while the lower-seeded team will be at home for the other games. The format ensures that the team with home ice advantage will always have home ice for the "extra" game if there are an odd number of games in a series.

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Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Founded on February 9, 1966, when Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL expansion franchise for Los Angeles, the Kings called the The Forum in Inglewood, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) their home for thirty-two years until they moved to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles to start the 1999–2000 season.

The Kings have not had a great deal of success in their history, winning their division just once in 1990–91, and failing to get out of the first round of the playoffs twelve times in the twenty-four seasons they qualified for post-season play, advancing past the second round just once. Indeed, the high point in Kings franchise history was when they won their conference championship for the only time, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 1992–93 season only to lose the series to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.

The Kings' closest rival is the Anaheim Ducks, who play approximately 35 miles (56 km) to the south in Anaheim.

Prior to the Kings' arrival in the Los Angeles area, both the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) had several teams in California, including the PCHL's Los Angeles Monarchs of the 1930s and the WHL's Los Angeles Blades of the 1960s. When the NHL decided to expand for the 1967–68 season amid rumblings that the WHL was proposing to turn itself into a major league and compete for the Stanley Cup, Canadian entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke paid the NHL $2 million to place one of the six expansion teams in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has a large number of expatriates from both the Northeastern United States and Canada, which Cooke saw as a natural fan base.

Cooke was thus awarded one of the six new NHL expansion franchises, which also included the California Seals, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. He named his team the Kings, and picked the original team colors of purple (or "Forum Blue," as it was later officially called) and gold because they were colors traditionally associated with royalty. The same color scheme was worn by the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), which Cooke also owned.

Construction on Cooke's new arena, the Forum, was not yet complete when the 1967-68 season began, so the Kings opened their first season at the Long Beach Arena in the neighboring city of Long Beach on October 14, 1967, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4–2. For the next two months, the Kings played their home games both at Long Beach and at the Sports Arena. The "Fabulous Forum" finally opened its doors on December 30, 1967, with the Kings being shut out by the Flyers, 2–0.

The Kings made the Forum their home for the next 32 seasons. Players like Bill "Cowboy" Flett, Eddie "The Jet" Joyal, Eddie "The Entertainer" Shack, and Real "Frenchy" Lemieux helped introduce the Los Angeles area to the NHL in the team's first few seasons. Such player nicknames were the brainchild of none other than Cooke himself.

In their first season, the Kings finished in second place in the Western Division, just one point behind the Flyers. The Kings were the only expansion team that had a winning record at home, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota North Stars, losing the seventh game at The Forum on April 18, 1968, 9–4. In their second season behind head coach Red Kelly, the Kings finished fourth in the West Division—the final playoff berth. But after eliminating the Oakland Seals in the first round of the playoffs in seven games, the Kings were swept out of post-season play in the second round by the St. Louis Blues.

In 1972, the Kings moved to bring some credibility back to the franchise when they hired former Toronto Maple Leafs winger Bob Pulford as their head coach. It took him just two seasons to lead the Kings back to the playoffs and in 1974, they faced the Chicago Blackhawks, only to be eliminated in five games. Pulford eventually led the team to three of the most successful seasons in franchise history, including a 105-point season in 1974-75 that is still a franchise record.

In 1973, the Kings hired Bob Miller as the their play-by-play announcer, and he has held that post continuously since that time. Miller, considered to be one of the best hockey play-by-play announcers in the NHL, is often referred to as the "Voice of the Kings." He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 13, 2000 and his first book, Bob Miller's Tales of the Los Angeles Kings, was published in 2006.

After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in both 1973–74 and 1974-75, the Kings moved to significantly upgrade their offensive firepower when they acquired center Marcel Dionne on June 23, 1975, in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. Dionne was already a superstar in the NHL and he made an immediate impact in the 1975–76 season, scoring 40 goals and adding 54 assists for 94 points in 80 regular season games. He led the Kings to a 38–33–9 record (85 points), earning them a second place finish in the Norris Division.

Behind Dionne's offensive prowess, the strong goaltending of Rogie Vachon, and the speed and scoring touch of forward Butch Goring, the Kings swept the Atlanta Flames out of the first round of the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second round by the Boston Bruins in seven games. The Kings would defeat the Flames and lose to the Bruins in the following year's playoffs as well.

On January 13, 1979, Dionne found himself on a new line with two young, mostly unknown players: second-year right winger Dave Taylor and left winger Charlie Simmer, who had been a career minor-leaguer. This line combination, known as the "Triple Crown Line," would go on to become one of the highest-scoring line combinations in NHL history.

After the Triple Crown Line's first season together, Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the Kings, the Lakers, and the Forum for $67.5 million, but the Simmer-Dionne-Taylor combination remained intact. The next season, the Triple Crown Line dominated the NHL, scoring 146 goals and 182 assists, good for 328 points. The entire line, along with goalie Mario Lessard, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game that season, which was played at the Forum. In that 1979–80 season, Dionne won the Art Ross Memorial Trophy for winning an NHL scoring title that season with 137 points on 53 goals and 84 assists. But even with the Triple Crown Line's ability to dominate, the Kings still could not get out of the first round of the playoffs until 1982.

That year, the Kings opened the playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers, who were led by a young but fast-rising star by the name of Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky was only in his third year in the league, but he dominated the NHL like no other had before from the moment he stepped onto NHL ice in his rookie season. By the 1981–82 season, he was already the most dominant player in the league, and had made the Oilers one of the elite teams in the NHL, on their way to winning four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. The Oilers finished with 111 points, the second-best record in the league, while the Kings barely made the playoffs with only 63 points. The Kings won Game 1 in Edmonton on April 7, 1982, 10–8, in the highest scoring Stanley Cup Playoff game ever. The Oilers recovered to win in overtime in Game 2, and the teams headed to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

Game 3 would be one of the most amazing in hockey history and was later dubbed the "Miracle on Manchester" (the Kings arena, the Forum, was on Manchester Boulevard). In that game, played on April 10, 1982, Gretzky led the Oilers to a commanding 5-0 lead after two periods and it seemed like the Kings were headed for a blowout loss. But the Kings began an unbelievable comeback in the third period, tying the game on a goal by left winger Steve Bozek at 19:55 of the third period and sending the game into overtime.

Bozek's goal set the stage for what was to come. At 2:35 of the overtime period, Kings left winger Daryl Evans fired a slap shot off a face-off in the right circle of the Edmonton zone, beating Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr over his right shoulder to give the Kings an incredible come-from-behind, overtime victory, 6-5. The Miracle on Manchester, the greatest comeback in NHL playoff history, is also the greatest moment in Kings franchise history as of 2007. Not only did the Kings complete a miraculous comeback against the vaunted Oilers, but they also went on to eliminate them from the playoffs in five games.

Despite Dionne's leadership, the Kings missed the playoffs in the next two seasons, and were quickly swept out of the playoffs by the Oilers in 1985, when the Oilers won their second straight Stanley Cup championship. Dionne's time with the Kings ended on March 10, 1987, when he was traded to the New York Rangers. But by this time, the Kings had new skaters to help lead them into the next decade, including star forwards Bernie Nicholls, Jimmy Carson, Luc Robitaille, and defenseman Steve Duchesne.

Even before the Dionne trade the Kings were sent reeling when coach Pat Quinn signed a contract to become coach and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks with just months left on his Kings contract. NHL President John Ziegler suspended Quinn for the rest of the season and barred him from taking over Vancouver's hockey operations until June. Ziegler also barred him from coaching anywhere in the NHL until the 1990-91 season. In Ziegler's view, Quinn's actions created a serious conflict of interest that could only be resolved by having him removed as coach.

Despite these shocks, the Kings made the playoffs in the next two seasons, but they were unable to get out of the first round. Part of the problem was that the way the playoffs were structured (teams were bracketed and seeded by division) made it very likely that they would have to get past either the powerful Oilers or Calgary Flames (or both) to reach the Conference Finals. In fact, the Kings faced either the Oilers or the Flames in the playoffs four times during the 1980s.

However, the 1988-89 season would be a big turning point for the franchise.

In 1987, coin collector Bruce McNall purchased the Kings from Buss, and he turned the team into a Stanley Cup contender almost overnight on August 9, 1988, when he acquired the league's best player, Gretzky himself, in a blockbuster trade with the Oilers that rocked the hockey world, especially north of the border, where Canadians mourned the loss of a player they considered a national treasure. McNall also changed the team colors to silver and black (which was a take on the era's sports logo sales and the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders, who played up the road at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum).

In Gretzky's first season with the Kings, he led the team in scoring with 168 points on 54 goals and 114 assists, and won his ninth Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. He led the Kings to a second-place finish in the Smythe Division with a 42-31-7 record (91 points), and they ranked fourth in the NHL overall.

The Kings faced Gretzky's old team, the Oilers, in the first round of the 1989 playoffs. They fell behind 3 games to 1, but rallied to take the series in seven games, helped in no small part by nine goals from Chris Kontos, a little-known player who had just recently been called up from the minor leagues. However, the Kings were quickly swept out of the playoffs in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Flames.

The next season saw Gretzky become the league's all-time leading scorer. On October 15, 1989, in Edmonton, he assisted on a Bernie Nicholls goal to tie Gordie Howe's career record of 1,850 points, then broke it late in the contest on a game-tying goal against Bill Ranford. The goal forced overtime, where Gretzky capped a spectacular night by scoring again to win the game for Los Angeles. At season's end, the Kings finished fourth and faced the defending champion Flames in the first round. This time, they defeated Calgary in six games, two of which had dramatic overtimes — Game 3 was won with a shorthanded goal by Tony Granato, and Game 6 ended with a strange goal by Mike Krushelnyski while he was flat on his back. However, the Kings were swept in the second round by the eventual champion Oilers, who were seeking revenge for the loss of the previous year.

Gretzky spearheaded the Kings to their first (and at present, only) regular-season division title in franchise history in the 1990–91 season with a 46-24-10 record (102 points, the second best point total in franchise history). Notably, it was the first time in 10 years that a team from Alberta had not finished first in the Smythe. However, the heavily favored Kings struggled in the playoffs, winning the first round against the Vancouver Canucks in six games but losing a close series against Edmonton in the second round that saw four games go into overtime. The 1991-92 season, the Kings' 25th as a franchise, witnessed eight Kings players score over 20 goals; Gretzky himself had a then-career low in scoring yet still finished third in the league behind Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens. Despite this, Los Angeles again failed to thwart their Edmonton rivals in the post-season, losing to the Oilers in the first round. This marked the third straight year that the Gretzky-led Kings were eliminated from the playoffs by Gretzky's former teammates.

The Kings would reach new heights in the 1992–93 season, but the campaign started badly when it was learned that Gretzky had suffered a career-threatening herniated thoracic disk before the season began. The concern was not mainly whether Gretzky would be able to play that season, but if he would ever be able to play again. But even without their captain and leading scorer, the Kings got off to a blistering 20-8-3 start, with left-winger Luc Robitaille, who won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the 1986–87's NHL Rookie of the Year, filling in as captain for the ailing Gretzky. Robitaille led the team until Gretzky returned after missing the first 39 games. Robitaille would go on to retire at the end of the 2005–06 season as the highest-scoring left winger in National Hockey League history.

Robitaille and Gretzky, along with former Oilers' winger Jari Kurri, forwards Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom, defensemen Rob Blake, Marty McSorley, and Alexei Zhitnik, and goalie Kelly Hrudey, guided the Kings through a rough middle portion of the season until they found their game once again in the last three months of the campaign to qualify for post-season action. Although Gretzky came back to score 16 goals and 49 assists (65 points) in just 45 games, it was Robitaille who was the Kings' impact player that season, leading the team in scoring with 63 goals and 62 assists (125 points) in 84 regular season games, setting new NHL all-time records for goals and points scored by a left winger in a single season. The Kings finished with a 39-35-10 record (88 points), clinching third place in the Smythe Division.

First-year head coach Barry Melrose had his team's offense running on all cylinders when the 1993 playoffs began, and they scored an amazing 33 goals in their first-round series against the Calgary Flames. In the second round, the Kings faced the heavily-favored Vancouver Canucks, a team that had beaten the Kings rather handily five times in seven games during the regular season, and had not lost to the Kings in their four meetings in Vancouver. But the Kings would go on to eliminate the Canucks in six games, with the pivotal victory coming in Game 5 at Vancouver, which was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation play. The teams were still tied after the first overtime period, but winger Gary Shuchuk scored at 6:31 of the second overtime period, giving the Kings a 3-2 series lead, and dealing the Canucks an emotional and, as it turned out, fatal blow.

In the Campbell Conference Finals, the Kings were even more of an underdog against the Doug Gilmour-led Toronto Maple Leafs. But with Gretzky at the helm, the Kings eliminated the Leafs in a hard-fought seven-game series that included two overtime games and a Game 6 win for the Kings, who were facing elimination after losing Game 5 in overtime—they trailed the Leafs in the series, 3-2. In Game 6, Toronto scored two third period goals and tied the game at 4-4 at the end of regulation play. But in overtime, Luc Robitaille fed Gretzky a perfect pass and Gretzky scored to give his team a dramatic 5-4 victory and send the teams back to Toronto for a Game 7. In the final contest, Gretzky scored a hat trick (three goals) and had an assist to lead the Kings to a 5-4 win and a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.

In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings faced the Montreal Canadiens, who had breezed through the playoffs and were well-rested. The Kings defeated the Canadiens in Game 1, 4-1. Game 2, however, proved to be the turning point in the series. Late in the contest, with the Kings leading by a score of 2-1, Canadiens coach Jacques Demers requested a measurement of Kings defenseman Marty McSorley's stick blade. His suspicions proved to be correct, as the curve of blade was too great, and McSorley was penalized. The Canadiens pulled their goalie, Patrick Roy, giving them a two-man advantage, and Eric Desjardins scored on the resulting power play to tie the game. Montreal went on to win the game in overtime on another goal by Desjardins, and the Kings never recovered. They dropped the next two games in overtime, and were shelled 4-1 in Game 5 as the Canadiens won their 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Despite the stinging defeat at the hands of the Canadiens in the finals, Gretzky and the Kings had generated excitement about hockey and the NHL that had never been seen before in Southern California. As soon as Gretzky donned a Kings jersey, the Forum was sold out for every game — virtually overnight, a Kings game became the hottest ticket in town. The popularity of Gretzky and the Kings also led to the NHL awarding an expansion team to Anaheim, California; in 1993 the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (who became the Anaheim Ducks on June 22, 2006) would become the Kings nearest rival, just 35 miles to the south. Gretzky's popularity in Southern California also led to the NHL expanding or moving into other Sun Belt cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa, Miami, and Nashville.

McNall's profile also rose during this time. In 1992, he was elected chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors, the second-most powerful post in the league. His support of Gary Bettman tipped the scales in favor of Bettman's election as the league's first Commissioner. However, only two years later, McNall was forced to sell the team to IDB Communications founder Jeffrey Sudikoff and former Madison Square Garden president Joseph Cohen in the wake of a federal investigation into his financial practices. He ultimately pled guilty to five counts of conspiracy and fraud, and admitted to obtaining $236 million in fraudulent loans from six banks over 10 years.

It later emerged that McNall had grossly mismanaged the Kings' business affairs. At one point, Cohen and Sudikoff were even unable to meet player payroll, and were ultimately forced into bankruptcy in 1995. They were forced to trade many of their stronger players, resulting in a roster comprised of Gretzky, Blake and little else. The Kings missed the playoffs for four seasons, from 1993–94 to 1996–97.

Phillip Anschutz and Edward Roski bought the Kings out of bankruptcy court in October 1995 and began a rebuilding phase. Meanwhile, Gretzky, who was by this time on the downside of his career, stated publicly that he wanted the team to acquire a forward capable of scoring fifty goals per season and an offensive defenseman. If they failed to do that, he wanted to be traded to a team that was a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

After all he had done for the game by that time, Gretzky wanted another chance to win an elusive fifth Stanley Cup before retirement. But his public statements forced the Kings' hand, since no team would now give them equal value in a trade because of his demands — the Kings would be at a huge disadvantage in any trade, and this would badly hurt their rebuilding program.

On February 27, 1996, Gretzky was traded, this time to the St. Louis Blues, for forwards Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, a first-round pick in the 1997 draft (Matt Zultek) and a fifth-round choice in the 1996 draft (Peter Hogan). None became stars for the Kings, although Gretzky himself was an unrestricted free agent by season's end, and only played 18 regular season games for the Blues. Like Marcel Dionne before him, Gretzky ended up with the New York Rangers.

Shortly after Gretzky was traded, the often-maligned general manager Sam McMaster was fired and was replaced by former Kings winger Dave Taylor. But the rebuilding phase for Taylor was a tough one, as the Kings continued to flounder—they failed to make the playoffs until the 1997–98 season. After another disappointing season in 1998-99, then-head coach Larry Robinson, who also played three seasons for the Kings from 1989-92 and had been an assistant coach on the New Jersey Devils' 1995 Cup team, was fired.

Taylor turned to Andy Murray, who became the Kings' 19th head coach on June 14, 1999. Taylor's hiring of Murray was immediately criticized by media across North America because of Murray's perceived lack of experience — up to that point, his only head coaching experience had been at the international level with the Canadian National Team and at the US high school level. Indeed, Taylor took a gamble on Murray, hoping it would pay off.

But Taylor was not finished dealing that summer. Shortly after hiring Murray, Taylor acquired star right-wing Zigmund Palffy and veteran center Bryan Smolinski on June 20, 1999, in exchange for center prospect Olli Jokinen, winger prospect Josh Green, defenseman prospect Mathieu Biron and the Kings' first-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

The Kings also made an even bigger move in 1999, as they left the Great Western Forum and moved to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, which was built by Anschutz and Roski. Staples Center was a state-of-the-art arena, complete with luxury suites and all the modern amenities that fans and athletes would want in a brand-new facility.

With a new home, a new coach, a potential 50-goal scorer in the fold and players such as Rob Blake, Luc Robitaille, Glen Murray, Jozef Stumpel, Donald Audette, Ian Laperriere, and Mattias Norstrom, the Kings improved dramatically, finishing the season the 1999–2000 season with a 39-31-12-4 record (94 points), good for second place in the Pacific Division. But in the 2000 playoffs, the Kings were once again eliminated in the first round, this time by the Detroit Red Wings in a four-game sweep.

The 2000–01 season was a controversial one, as fans began to question AEG's commitment to the success of the Kings because they failed to significantly improve the team during the off-season. Adding fuel to the fire was the February 21, 2001, trade of star defenseman Rob Blake, who had won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in 1998.

In that deal, the Kings sent Blake and center Steven Reinprecht, to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for right wing Adam Deadmarsh, defenseman Aaron Miller, center prospect Jared Aulin and a first-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (Dave Steckel). Deadmarsh and Miller became impact players for the Kings, who finished the 2000–01 season with a 38-28-13-3 record (92 points), good for a third place finish in the Pacific Division and another first-round playoff date with the Detroit Red Wings.

The heavily-favored Red Wings — many predicted another four-game sweep — made easy work of the Kings in Games 1 and 2 at the Joe Louis Arena, but the Kings got back in the series with a 2-1 win in Game 3 at Staples Center.

In Game 4, the Red Wings took a commanding 3-0 lead after two periods, seemingly restoring order to a series they were supposed to win easily. And in the third period, it looked like nothing would change. But all that set the stage for yet another unbelievable playoff comeback for the Kings, highly reminiscent of the "Miracle on Manchester," back in 1982. Seldom-used forward Scott Thomas, a career minor-leaguer, scored a power play goal at 13:53, to give the Kings a bit of life. The Red Wings were called for a penalty with just under three minutes to play and Kings' coach Andy Murray gambled and pulled his goalie to give his team a two-man advantage. The gamble paid off as Jozef Stumpel would follow with another power play goal at 17:33. Finally, Bryan Smolinski tied the game at the 19:07 mark. In the overtime, Deadmarsh stole the puck from Red Wings' star defenseman Chris Chelios in the right corner behind the Detroit net, and threw a centering pass to center Eric Belanger, who scored the game-winning goal at 2:36 to lift the Kings to a miraculous come-from-behind win, now known as the "Frenzy on Figueroa," or the "Stunner at Staples." That amazing win took all the wind out of the Red Wings' sails, and the Kings eliminated them in Game 6 in Los Angeles, having won four straight games after going down 2-0 in the series. It was the Kings' first playoff series win since 1993.

In the second round, the Kings went up against another elite team, the Colorado Avalanche, led by superstars like Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, and of course, Rob Blake. The Kings took the eventual champions to seven games but lost the series, 4-3.. The most memorable game of that series was game 6. After the Kings fell behind 3 games to 1, they defeated the Avalanche in Colorado in game 5 to stave off elimination. Back in L.A. for game 6, goalies Patrick Roy of Colorado and Felix Potvin of the Kings were brilliant as the teams battled to a 0-0 tie. Through one overtime they played but still nobody could score. Finally the Kings got one past hall of famer Roy in the second overtime for a 1-0 win.

The 2001–02 started off with tragedy as team scouts Garnet "Ace" Bailey and Mark Bavis were both casualties of the September 11th attack. The team honored the two by wearing "AM" patches on their jerseys. Earlier in the season, the team acquired Jason Allison who was involved in a contract dispute along with Mikko Eloranta from the Boston Bruins in return for Jozef Stumpel and Glen Murray. At mid-season they held the 2002 NHL All-Star Game while still fighting for a playoff spot in which they clinched seventh place in the Western Conference where they were matched with the heavily-favored Avalanche. After being bounced out of the playoffs in the first round by the Avalanche, the next two seasons would be major disappointments, as the team failed to make the playoffs in both seasons.

Even though the Kings refused to use it as an excuse, injuries were the primary reason for the team's failures. In 2002–03, the Kings just missed breaking the unofficial NHL record for the most man-games lost to injury in a season with 536. But they would easily surpass the record in 2003–04 with 629 man-games lost.

Following the resume of play after the 2004-05 NHL lockout, the Kings acquired Valeri Bure, Jeremy Roenick and Pavol Demitra for the 2005–06 season. Los Angeles began the new season strong, but the second half of the season saw the Kings once again stumble badly, freefalling from second in the Western Conference in early January to tenth place. On March 21, 2006, the team fired head coach Andy Murray, replacing him with interim head coach John Torchetti. With three games left in the season, Luc Robitaille, the team's all-time leading scorer and the NHL's all-time highest-scoring left winger, announced that, at the end of the year, he would be retiring from pro hockey.

Just one day after the end of the Kings' 2005-06 regular season, AEG decided to clean house. On April 18, 2006, President/Hockey Operations and General Manager Dave Taylor and Director of Player Personnel Bill O'Flaherty were relieved of their duties, and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Kevin Gilmore was re-assigned to other duties within AEG. Torchetti and assistant coaches Mark Hardy and Ray Bennett, along with goaltending consultant Andy Nowicki, were also fired. Kings CEO Tim Leiweke also announced that he would no longer be the team's Chief Executive Officer.

On April 21, 2006, the Kings signed Philadelphia Flyers scout and former San Jose Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi as President and General Manager. He was signed to a five-year contract, signaling big changes in the near future for the franchise. Soon after he was hired, Lombardi quickly began to revamp the Kings' hockey operations and just barely over one month into his tenure as President and General Manager, on May 22, 2006, he hired Marc Crawford to be the Kings' 21st head coach.

There were few highlights during the 2006-07 season. On January 13, 2007, the Kings made hockey history by putting Yutaka Fukufuji in goal for the third period of the game with the St. Louis Blues. This marked the first time in hockey history that a Japanese-born player played in an NHL regular season game. On January 20, 2007, the Kings retired Luc Robitaille's jersey in an hour-long ceremony prior to the game with the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the fifth Kings jersey to be retired by the team.

In the 2007–08 off-season, the Kings signed six unrestricted free agents, including center Michal Handzus, left wings Ladislav Nagy and Kyle Calder, and defensemen Tom Preissing, Brad Stuart and Jon Klemm. However, despite opening the season with a win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the first NHL regular season game in Europe at the new O2 Arena (also owned by AEG) in London, England, the new acquisitions did little to change the Kings' fortunes as the team finished with the second worst record in the league. On June 10, 2008, the team announced the firing of head coach Marc Crawford.

In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Kings had a busy day, starting with a 3-way trade with the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings traded Mike Cammalleri to the Flames, and the 28th overall pick to the Ducks. The Kings received the 12th overall pick (which eventually was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for the 13th overall pick). The Kings used the 2nd overall pick to select defenseman Drew Doughty, and the 13th overall pick to select Colten Teubert.

On July 17, 2008, the Kings hired Terry Murray, who became the 22nd head coach in franchise history. on October 8, 2008, right wing Dustin Brown was named as the Kings’ fifteenth captain in franchise history. Brown, 23, is also the youngest captain and the first American-born captain in Kings’ history.

Updated March 12, 2009.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

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Jason Spezza

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Jason Anthony Rocco Spezza (born June 13, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Spezza is known for his speed and playmaking abilities and usually plays on a line (called the Pizza line) with Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

After beginning his major junior career at the early age of 15 in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Spezza was selected second overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout, he won the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP with the Binghamton Senators. In 2005–06, Spezza set an Ottawa Senators' franchise record with 71 assists, while hitting the 90-point mark for the first of two times in his NHL career.

Internationally, Spezza has represented Team Canada at three World Junior Championships and one World Championships. When he made his World Junior debut in 2000, he became just the third 16-year-old in history to make the team, behind Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.

Jason was born to Italian parents Rino and Donna Spezza in Mississagua, Ontario. He has twin siblings; a sister, Michelle, and a brother, Matthew, an ice hockey goaltender currently playing in the International Hockey League (IHL). Growing up in the Toronto area, he watched the Toronto Maple Leafs, but has cited Mario Lemieux as his favourite player as a child.

Before the age of 1, Spezza won a baby contest and began his youth modelling career. The victory resulted in Spezza becoming the poster boy for Baby, a Broadway musical that played at Toronto's O'Keefe Centre in the summer of 1984. At five years old, Spezza was chosen for a Minute Maid commercial. Two years later, he modelled clothing for stores Woolco and Kmart.

At 15-years-old, Spezza began his major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Brampton Battalion in 1998–99. He recorded beyond a point-per-game pace as an underaged played with 71 points in 67 games. After one season with the Battalion, he was then required to enter the OHL Priority Draft and was selected by the expansion Mississauga Ice Dogs in the team's inaugural season in 1999–00. He recorded 61 points in 52 games that season before being traded 15 games into the 2000–01 season to the Windsor Spitfires. Spezza went on to score an OHL-career-high 116 points in 66 games that season.

Going into the 2001 NHL Entry Draft having been named the Top CHL Prospect,, Spezza would be drafted second overall by the Ottawa Senators after Ilya Kovalchuk went to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Senators' second overall pick originally belonged to the New York Islanders, but was traded to Ottawa along with Zdeno Chára and Bill Muckalt for Alexei Yashin on draft day.

After one more OHL season split between the Spitfires and the Belleville Bulls, resulting in a 105-point season, Spezza began his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Following Spezza's fourth OHL season in 2001–02, he was assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2002 Calder Cup playoffs, where he made his professional debut, playing in 3 post-season games and recording 1 goal. Spezza made his NHL debut the next season in 2002–03 with Ottawa, playing in 33 games and recording 21 points. He played the majority of the season, however, in the AHL with Ottawa's new affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, and was called up regularly to replace injured Ottawa players. He also competed in 3 playoff games with Ottawa during his rookie season, helping the team in its 2003 playoff run to the semifinals. The Senators came within one game of the Finals, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.

Spezza played his first full NHL season with the Senators in 2003–04 and scored 22 goals and 55 points in 78 games. However, due to the subsequent NHL lockout, Spezza returned to the AHL in 2004–05. Scoring 117 points with Binghamton, he outscored Mike Cammalleri of the Manchester Monarchs by 8 points to capture the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's leading scorer. Spezza was also awarded the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP.

With NHL play set to resume in 2005–06, Spezza returned to Ottawa. Having traded centres Radek Bonk and Todd White off-season, the Senators started Spezza on the first line between Dany Heatley and rookie Brandon Bochenski, who was Spezza's linemate in Binghamton. After captain Daniel Alfredsson replaced Bochenski on the top line (Bochenski was soon thereafter traded), the trio, nicknamed the 'CASH' and 'Pizza' line, established themselves as one of the most productive line in the NHL. Wingers Alfredsson and Heatley both finished tied for fourth in league scoring with 103 points, while Spezza tallied 90 points despite a injury-shortened 68-game season. His 71 assists established a team single-season record and was second in the league behind Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks (96 assists). In the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, but fell to the Buffalo Sabres in five games. Spezza added 14 points 10 post-season games.

During the summer of 2006, Spezza underwent successful back surgery. The following season, he continued on the same pace with Heatley and Alfredsson before suffering another injury. He managed a career-high 34 goals and finished with 87 points in 67 games. On May 19, 2007, he scored a goal and an assist as the Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference final 4 games to 1. They moved to the Stanley Cup finals against the Anaheim Ducks, but lost in five games after the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line failed to perform against Samuel Påhlsson's checking line, backed by star defencemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Spezza finished the playoffs with a franchise record 22 post-season points, tied with linemates Alfredsson and Heatley.

Beginning 2007–08 in the last season of his contract, Spezza signed a seven-year contract extension with the Senators worth $49 million on November 2, 2007. Late that season, on February 9, 2008, Spezza scored his first NHL hat-trick during a 6–1 Senators victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Spezza contributed to all of his team's goals, for a career-high 6-point night. He finished tying his career-high in goals with 34 and establishing a new personal mark for points with 92. The Senators, however, failed to advance past the first round following their Stanley Cup run the previous season, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games.

In the midst of a disappointing season for both Spezza and the Senators in 2008–09 season, Spezza was caught with an illegal stick during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9, 2009. He was issued a penalty and criticized by media outlets for undermining the integrity of the game.

As a junior, Spezza represented Canada's national junior team three consecutive years. He made his debut at the 2000 World Junior Championshiops, becoming just the third 16-year-old to make the team in Team Canada history, after Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros (this feat was also accomplished the same year by defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and Sidney Crosby in 2004). Spezza contributed 2 assists in 7 games as Canada captured a bronze medal. He returned in 2001 for a second consecutive bronze medal, while improving to 3 goals and 3 assists. Spezza made it to the gold medal game with Team Canada in his third and final World Junior appearance in 2002, but lost to Russia to earn the silver.

As a member of the Senators, Spezza was made a reserve for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but did not play. He would make his men's debut for Team Canada at the 2008 World Championships, being named to the team along with Senators linemate Dany Heatley. He earned a silver medal, losing to Russia in the gold medal game.

Spezza participates in numerous activities outside of hockey, especially the "Spelling with Spezza" program. Winners receive a poster of Spezza and a pair of tickets to a Senators' home game. The program recognizes the importance of spelling. Spezza visits selected classes registered for the program. Last season over 600 classes in the Ottawa-Gatineau area participated in Spelling with Spezza. He also contributes to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Spezza was on the cover of the NHL 2K8 video game for the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox and the Xbox 360 video game consoles.

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2008 NHL Entry Draft

2008 NHL Entry Draft

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft was the 46th NHL Entry Draft. It was hosted by the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 20–21, 2008. The Senators were originally awarded the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but because of the lockout, the draft was scaled back from its usual format of being open to the public and having many draft-eligible players in attendance. The actual 2005 drafting was held in Ottawa's Westin Hotel instead of the Corel Centre, as Scotiabank Place was then known.

The draft was part of a festival of events that the Ottawa Senators and the NHL presented at the Scotiabank Place arena. Before the first round and during the later rounds, the patio outside the main doors was the site of the 'Senators Fan Fest', with hockey games and music. Indoors, the NHL presented an exhibit of NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. A hockey card and memorabilia sale was also held.

The 2008 draft lottery was held April 7. The Tampa Bay Lightning retained the first overall selection. There were no changes from the reverse order of finish of the 2007–08 NHL season.

Source: NHL Central Scouting Services staff.

1.* The New York Islanders' first-round pick went to the Toronto Maple Leafs as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 7th-overall pick and either the 60th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 or the 68th-overall pick and a second-round pick in 2009 in exchange for this pick.

2.* The Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 9th-overall pick and the 40th-overall pick to the New York Islanders in exchange for this pick. New York Islanders acquired previously as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 5th-overall pick to Toronto in exchange for either the 60th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 or the 68th-overall pick and a second-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

3.* The Florida Panthers' first-round pick went to the New York Islanders as the result of to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 7th-overall pick to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the 40th-overall pick and this pick. Nashville acquired previously as the result of a trade prior to the 2007 entry draft that sent Tomas Vokoun to Florida for second-round picks in 2007 and 2008, and this pick.

4.* The Edmonton Oilers' first-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 13th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 17th-overall pick and the 28th-overall pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for this pick. Anaheim acquired previously, along with second and third-round picks, from Edmonton as the result of Anaheim's decision not to match an Oilers' offer sheet to restricted free agent Dustin Penner on August 2, 2007.

5.* The Buffalo Sabres' first-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 12th-overall pick to Buffalo in exchange for a third-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

6.* The Nashville Predators' first-round pick went to the Ottawa Senators as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 18th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 to Nashville in exchange for this pick.

7.* The Calgary Flames' first-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 12th-overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 28th-overall pick and this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent Mike Cammalleri to Calgary in exchange for this pick.

8.* The Ottawa Senators' first-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 15th-overall pick to Ottawa in exchange for a third-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

9.* The Colorado Avalanche's first-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent R.J. Umberger and the 118th-overall pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the 67th-overall pick and this pick. Columbus acquired previously as the result of a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Adam Foote to Colorado in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade). The condition - Colorado reaches the playoffs in 2008 - has been converted.

10.* The New Jersey Devils' first-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 23rd-overall pick and the 54th-overall pick to New Jersey in exchange for this pick.

11. * The Anaheim Ducks' first-round pick went to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on July 3, 2006 that sent Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, and draft picks to Edmonton in exchange for Chris Pronger. The pick was awarded to Edmonton for Anaheim reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2007.

12.* The Washington Capitals' first-round pick went to the Minnesota Wild as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 24th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for this pick. New Jersey acquired previously as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 21st overall pick to Washington in exchange for the 54th-overall pick and this pick.

13.* The Minnesota Wild's first-round pick went to the New Jersey Devils as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 23rd-overall pick to Minnesota in exchange for a third-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

14.* The Montreal Canadiens's first-round pick went to the Calgary Flames as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent Alex Tanguay and the 138th-overall pick to Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

15.* The San Jose Sharks' first-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Steve Bernier and this pick to Buffalo in exchange for Brian Campbell and a seventh-round pick.

16.* The Philadelphia Flyers' first-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent Steve Eminger and the 84th-overall pick to Philadelphia in exchange for this pick.

17.* The Dallas Stars' first-round pick went to the Phoenix Coyotes as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 35th and 39th-overall picks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for this pick. Anaheim acquired previously as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 12th-overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 17th-overall pick and this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously as the result of a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Jaroslav Modry, Johan Fransson, a second-round pick in 2007 entry draft, a third-round pick in 2007 entry draft, and this pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Mattias Norstrom, Konstantin Pushkarev, a third-round pick in 2007 entry draft, and a fourth-round pick in 2007 entry draft.

18.* The Pittsburgh Penguins' first-round pick went to the Atlanta Thrashers as the result of a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, and this pick to Atlanta in exchange for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.

1. * The Tampa Bay Lightning's second-round pick went to the Florida Panthers due to a trade on June 13, 2007 that sent Chris Gratton to Tampa Bay in exchange for this pick.

2. * The Atlanta Thrashers' second-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues due to a trade on February 25, 2007 that sent Keith Tkachuk to Atlanta in exchange for Glen Metropolit, 1st and third-round picks in 2007 and this pick.

3. * The Phoenix Coyotes' compensatory second-round pick, awarded for Blake Wheeler rejecting a Coyotes contract offer and becoming a free agent, went to the Anaheim Ducks due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 27th-overall pick to Phoenix in exchange for the 39th-overall pick and this pick.

4. * The Toronto Maple Leafs' second-round pick went to the Nashville Predators due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 46th-overall pick and the 76th-overall pick to Phoenix in exchange for this pick. Phoenix acquired previously due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent this pick to Phoenix in exchange for Yanic Perreault and a 5th round draft pick in 2008.

5. * The Phoenix Coyotes' second-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 27th-overall pick to Phoenix in exchange for the 35th-overall pick and this pick.

6. * The Florida Panthers's second-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 7th-overall pick to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the 9th-overall pick and this pick. Nashville acquired previously due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second-round pick in 2007, a first-round pick in 2008 and this pick.

7. * The Chicago Blackhawks' second-round pick went to the Ottawa Senators due to a trade on July 9, 2006 that sent Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and this pick to Ottawa in exchange for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.

8. * The Edmonton Oilers' second-round pick went, along with first and third-round picks, to the Anaheim Ducks due to Anaheim's decision not to match an Oilers' offer sheet to restricted free agent Dustin Penner on August 2, 2007.

9. *The Nashville Predators' second-round pick went to the Florida Panthers due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 49th-overall pick and a fourth-round pick in 2009 to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for this pick. Phoenix acquired previously due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 38th-overall pick to Nashville in exchange for the 76th-overall pick and this pick.

10. * The Calgary Flames' second-round pick temporarily went to the Los Angeles Kings due to a trade on January 29, 2007 that sent Jamie Lundmark, a fourth-round pick in 2007 and this pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Craig Conroy. Calgary reacquired the pick due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 17th-overall pick and a second-round pick in 2009 to Los Angeles in exchange for Michael Cammalleri and this pick.

11. * The Ottawa Senators' second-round pick went to the Phoenix Coyotes due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 46th-overall pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2009 and this pick. Florida acquired previously due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent Olli Jokinen to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and this pick. Phoenix acquired previously due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Oleg Saprykin and a seventh-round pick in 2007 entry draft to Ottawa in exchange for this pick.

12. * The Anaheim Ducks' second-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on July 5, 2007 that sent Allan Rourke and a third-round pick in 2008 to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for this pick. Edmonton previously acquired this pick due to a trade on July 3, 2006 that sent Chris Pronger to Anaheim in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and draft picks.

13.* The Washington Capitals' first-round pick went to the New Jersey Devils due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 21st overall pick to Washington in exchange for the 23rd-overall pick and this pick.

14. * The San Jose Sharks' second-round pick went to the Washington Capitals due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent a first-round pick to San Jose for a second-round pick in 2007 and this pick.

15. * The Philadelphia Flyers' second-round pick went to the Washington Capitals due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent a second-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick in 2007 and this pick.

16. * The Pittsburgh Penguins' second-round pick went to the Toronto Maple Leafs due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Hal Gill to Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

17. * The Detroit Red Wings' second-round pick went to the Colorado Avalanche due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent Brad Richardson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Brad Stuart to Detroit in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

1.* The Tampa Bay Lightning's third-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 117th-overall pick, the 147th-overall pick and a third-round pick in 2009 to Tampa Bay in exchange for this pick.

2.* The Columbus Blue Jackets' third-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent R.J. Umberger and the 118th-overall pick to Columbus in exchange for the 19th-overall pick and this pick.

3.* The Toronto Maple Leafs' third-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 72nd-overall pick and the 102th-overall pick to the New York Islanders in exchange for this pick. New York acquired previously due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 5th-overall pick to Toronto in exchange for the 7th-overall pick, a second-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

4.* The Florida Panthers' third-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues due to a trade on June 19, 2008 that sent Jamal Mayers to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for this pick. Toronto acquired previously due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Chad Kilger to the Panthers in exchange for this pick.

5.* The Vancouver Canucks' third-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks due to a trade on July 25, 2005 where Anaheim transferred its third-round pick in 2006 Entry Draft and second-round pick in 2007 to Vancouver as compensation for signing head coach Randy Carlyle. Additionally, Vancouver transferred this pick to Anaheim.

6.* The Chicago Blackhawks' third-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 68th-overall pick to Chicago in exchange for the 102th-overall pick and this pick.

7. * The Edmonton Oilers' third-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on February 19, 2008 that sent Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Ducks in exchange for this pick. Earlier, this pick temporarily went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on February 18, 2007 that sent Marc-Andre Bergeron and this pick to the Islanders in exchange for Denis Grebeshkov. Edmonton reacquired this pick due to a trade on July 5, 2007 that sent Anaheim's second-round pick in 2008 to the Islanders in exchange for Allan Rourke and this pick. The pick was then, along with first and second-round picks, awarded to the Anaheim Ducks due to Anaheim's decision not to match an Oilers' offer sheet to restricted free agent Dustin Penner on August 2, 2007.

8.* The Buffalo Sabres' third-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 81st overall pick and the 101st overall pick to Buffalo in exchange for this pick.

9.* The Carolina Hurricanes' third-round pick went to the New York Rangers due to a trade on July 17, 2007 that sent Matt Cullen to Carolina in exchange for Andrew Hutchinson, Joe Barnes and this pick.

10.* The Nashville Predators' third-round pick went to the Phoenix Coyotes due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 38th-overall pick to Nashville in exchange for the 46th-overall pick and this pick.

11.* The Colorado Avalanche third-round pick went to the Florida Panthers due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Ruslan Salei to the Avalanche in exchange for this Karlis Skrastins and this pick.

12.* The New York Rangers' third-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 74th-overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 101st overall pick and this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on February 5, 2007 that sent Sean Avery and John Seymour to New York in exchange for Jason Ward, Jan Marek, Marc-Andre Cliche and this pick (being conditional at the time of trade). The condition - Los Angeles fails to sign Jan Marek before the 2007–08 season - was converted.

13.* The Washington Capitals' first-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 27th-overall pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Steve Eminger and this pick.

14.* The Minnesota Wild third-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks due to a trade on June 10, 2008 that sent this pick to Anaheim in exchange for Marc-Andre Bergeron.

15.* The San Jose Sharks' third-round pick went to the St. Louis Blues due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent a first-round pick in 2007 and this pick to St. Louis in exchange for a 1st round draft pick.

16.* The Philadelphia Flyers' third-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings due to a trade on February 19, 2008 that sent Jaroslav Modry to the Flyers in exchange for this pick.

17.* The Pittsburgh Penguins' third-round pick went to the New York Rangers due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent Alex Bourret to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for this pick. Phoenix acquired previously due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Daniel Carcillo and this pick to Phoenix in exchange for Georges Laraque.

1.* The Tampa Bay Lightning' fourth-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent a fourth-round pick in 2009 and a fifth-round pick in 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on January 20, 2007 that sent Ryan Munce to Tampa Bay in exchange for this pick.

2.* The Los Angeles Kings' fourth-round pick went to the Washington Capitals due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent the Capitals fourth-round pick to Los Angeles for a sixth-round pick in 2007 and fourth-round pick in 2008.

3.* The Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick went to the Boston Bruins due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 107th-overall pick and the 137th-overall pick to Columbus in exchange for this pick.

4. * The Vancouver Canucks' fourth-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 74th-overall pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 81st overall pick and this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on February 25, 2007 that sent a second-round pick in 2007 and this pick to Los Angeles in exchange for Brent Sopel.

5. * The Chicago Blackhawks' fourth-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 68th-overall pick to Chicago in exchange for the 72nd-overall pick and this pick.

6. * The Nashville Predators' fourth-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 207th-overall pick and Toronto's fourth-round pick in 2009 to Nashville in exchange for this pick.

7.* The Boston Bruins' fourth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 97th-overall pick to Boston in exchange for the 137th-overall pick and this pick.

8.* The New York Rangers reacquired their own fourth-round pick due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 201th-overall pick and a fourth-round pick in 2009 to the Nashville Predators in exchange for this pick. Nashville acquired previously due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for this pick. St. Louis acquired previously due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Christian Backman to New York in exchange for this pick.

9.* The Washington Capitals' fourth-round pick went to the Calgary Flames due to a trade with the Boston Bruins on February 10, 2007 that sent Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and this (then conditional) pick to Calgary for Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference. The condition - Calgary does not re-sign Brad Stuart for 2007 - was converted on July 3, 2007. Boston acquired previously due to a trade on February 1, 2007 that sent Milan Jurcina to Washington in exchange for that pick.

10.* The San Jose Sharks' fourth-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 62nd-overall pick to San Jose in exchange for the 147th-overall pick, a third-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

11.* The Philadelphia Flyers' fourth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 19th-overall pick and the 67th-overall pick to Philadelphia for R.J. Umberger and this pick.

12.* The Dallas Stars' fourth-round pick went to the Ottawa Senators due to a trade during the 2007 entry draft that sent the Senators 5th and two seventh-round picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for this pick. Ottawa acquired previously due to a trade on July 2, 2006 that sent Darryl Sydor to Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for this pick.

1. * The Phoenix Coyotes' fifth-round pick went to the Toronto Maple Leafs due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Brendan Bell and a second-round pick in 2008 to Toronto in exchange for Yanic Perreault and this pick.

2. * The Florida Panthers' fifth-round pick went to the Toronto Maple Leafs due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Wade Belak to Florida in exchange for this pick.

3. * The Carolina Hurricanes' fifth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a trade on February 21, 2007 that sent Anson Carter to Carolina in exchange for this pick.

4.* The Boston Bruins' fifth-round pick went to the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 97th-overall pick to Boston in exchange for the 107th-overall pick and this pick.

5. * The Calgary Flames' fifth-round pick went to the Montreal Canadiens due to a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent the 25th-overall pick and a second-round pick in 2009 to Calgary in exchange for Alex Tanguay and this pick.

6. * The Montreal Canadiens' fifth-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on February 25, 2007 that sent Craig Rivet and this pick to San Jose in exchange for Josh Gorges and a first-round pick in 2007 entry draft.

7.* The San Jose Sharks' fifth-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 62nd-overall pick to San Jose in exchange for the 117th-overall pick, a third-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

8. * The Philadelphia Flyers' fifth-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on December 20, 2006 that sent Randy Robitaille and this pick to the Islanders in exchange for Mike York.

1.* The Florida Panthers' sixth-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Nikita Alexeev to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Karl Stewart and this pick. Chicago previously acquired this pick in a trade on June 24, 2006 that sent Craig Anderson to Florida in exchange for this pick.

2.* The Boston Bruins' sixth-round pick went to the Colorado Avalanche due to a trade during the 2007 Entry Draft that sent this pick to Boston in exchange for the 6th round draft pick in 2007.

3.* The Ottawa Senators' sixth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks due to a trade during the 2007–08 NHL season that sent this pick to Chicago in exchange for Martin Lapointe.

4.* The Colorado Avalanche's sixth-round pick temporarily went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on February 27, 2007 season that sent Scott Parker to Colorado in exchange for this pick. Colorado reacquired this pick from San Jose due to a trade during the 2007 Entry Draft that sent a 3rd and a fourth-round pick in 2007 and this pick to Colorado for a 3rd round draft pick in 2007.

5.* The Anaheim Ducks' sixth-round pick went to the Boston Bruins due to a trade during the 2007–08 NHL season that sent this pick to Boston along with Shane Hnidy in exchange for Brandon Bochenski.

6.* The Minnesota Wild's sixth-round pick went to the New York Islanders due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Chris Simon to Minnesota in exchange for this pick.

7.* The Montreal Canadiens' sixth-round pick went to the Dallas Stars due to a trade on September 30, 2006 that sent Mike Ribeiro and this pick to Dallas in exchange for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round draft pick in 2007.

8.* The Dallas Stars' sixth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent a sixth-round pick in 2009 to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on December 10, 2007 that sent Evgeny Federov to Dallas in exchange for this pick.

1.* The St. Louis Blues reacquired their own seventh-round pick due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent a seventh-round pick in 2009 to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for this pick. Los Angeles acquired previously due to a trade on February 26, 2007 that sent Jean-Sebastien Aubin to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for this pick. Anaheim acquired previously due to a trade on December 14, 2007 that sent Andy McDonald to St. Louis in exchange for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and this pick.

2.* The New York Islanders' seventh-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Rob Davison to the Islanders in exchange for this pick.

3.* The Buffalo Sabres' seventh-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Brian Campbell and this pick to San Jose in exchange for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.

4.* The Nashville Predators' seventh-round pick went to the Philadelphia Flyers due to a trade on June 18, 2008 that sent Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2009 and this pick. Tampa Bay acquired previously due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Jan Hlavac to Nashville in exchange for this pick.

5. * The New York Rangers' seventh-round pick went to the Nashville Predators due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 111th-overall pick to New York in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

6.* The Anaheim Ducks' seventh-round pick went to the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a trade on February 26, 2008 that sent Jay Leach to Anaheim in exchange for Brandon Segal and this pick.

7.* The Minnesota Wild's seventh-round pick went to the New Jersey Devils due to a trade on February 27, 2007 that sent Aaron Voros to Minnesota in exchange for this pick.

8. * The San Jose Sharks' seventh-round pick went to the Nashville Predators due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent the 106th-overall pick to New York in exchange for Toronto's fourth-round pick in 2009 and this pick.

9. * The Philadelphia Flyers' seventh-round pick went to the Anaheim Ducks due to a trade on June 21, 2008 that sent a seventh-round pick in 2009 to Philadelphia in exchange for this pick.

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List of Calgary Flames draft picks

Greg Nemisz was the Flames' first choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey franchise based in Calgary, Alberta. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1972 as the Atlanta Flames, and relocated to Calgary in 1980. Since arriving in Calgary, the Flames have drafted 306 players. The 2008 draft was the 29th in which Calgary participated.

The NHL Entry Draft is held each June, allowing teams to select players who have turned 18 years old by September 15 in the year the draft is held. The draft order is determined by the previous season's order of finish, with non-playoff teams drafting first, followed by the teams that made the playoffs, with the specific order determined by the number of points earned by each team. The NHL holds a weighted lottery for the 14 non-playoff teams, allowing the winner to move up a maximum of four positions in the entry draft. The team with the fewest points has the best chance of winning the lottery, with each successive team given a lower chance of moving up in the draft. The Flames have never won the lottery. Between 1986 and 1994, the NHL also held a Supplemental Draft for players in American colleges.

Calgary's first draft pick was Denis Cyr, taken 13th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. The highest that Calgary has drafted is sixth overall, which they have done three times. They selected Cory Stillman (1992), Daniel Tkaczuk (1997) and Rico Fata (1998) at the sixth spot. Seven picks went on to play over 1,000 NHL games: Al MacInnis, Gary Roberts, Paul Ranheim, Brett Hull, Gary Suter, Joe Nieuwendyk and Theoren Fleury. One player, MacInnis, has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 1986 draft pick Tom Quinlan was also drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and chose a career in Major League Baseball over the NHL.

The Flames selected seven players in 2008. During the draft, the Flames made two trades. They first acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, along with a second round pick in exchange for their first pick, 17th overall, and a second round pick in the 2009 draft. Calgary then sent forward Alex Tanguay, along with their fifth round selection to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the 25th overall pick and a second round selection in 2009. With their first pick, 25th overall, the Flames selected Greg Nemisz from the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires.

Statistics are complete as of the 2007–08 NHL season and show each player's career regular season totals in the NHL. Wins, losses, ties, overtime losses and goals against average apply to goaltenders and are used only for players at that position. This list includes players drafted by the team in Calgary only.

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Aki Berg

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Aki-Petteri Berg (born July 28, 1977 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Finnish SM-liiga's TPS. He was drafted third overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played both for the Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs over eight seasons and has represented Team Finland twice at the Winter Olympics, winning a Bronze Medal in Men's Ice Hockey at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey in which Finland lost in the finals to host Canada.

Although Berg had developed into a solid regular NHL defenceman, he nonetheless failed to shed his underachiever tag after entering the NHL in 1995–96 from Finland. As a teenager playing for TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga, Berg was thought to be a can't miss prospect. Thus, while he turned into a nice complementary player at the NHL level, he nonetheless failed to have the impact that was expected of him. Some analysts feel that, had Berg been given time to refine his offensive game in Finland, as well as some minor technical aspects, he would have become an impact NHL defenceman. He was traded from Los Angeles to Toronto on March 13, 2001 for Adam Mair and a 2nd round draft pick (later used to select Mike Cammalleri) as the Leafs wished for an injection of youth into a rapidly aging roster. In April 2006, after the Leafs failed to make the playoffs, Berg signed with TPS and returned to his native Finland.

After his trade to Toronto (Berg scored three times in 12 games with the Leafs during the regular-season that year), Berg played a quiet, if not entirely unspectacular style. Berg played in 78, 79, and 81 games during his first three full seasons in Toronto.

As a result of the NHL lock-out, Berg has since returned to Europe in order to play in Sweden with Timrå IK. In 47 games, Berg was the team's top all-around defenceman, recording 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points during the 2004–05 Swedish Elitserien regular-season. He returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2005/2006 season. In 531 career NHL regular-season games with Toronto and Los Angeles Berg has 15 goals and 62 assists for 77 points with a +/- rating of -7 and 318 penalty minutes. In 54 career post-season games he has recorded 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points with a +2 rating and 47 penalty minutes. On April 25, 2006, Berg signed with TPS of Finland's SM-liiga.

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2008–09 Calgary Flames season

Iginla facing off against Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier the night he became the Flames' all-time leading scorer.

The 2008–09 Calgary Flames season is the 29th season for the Calgary Flames, and the 36th for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League.

The Flames completed two significant trades during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, acquiring forward Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings as part of a three way trade that saw Calgary deal the 17th overall pick to the Anaheim Ducks. They then sent Alex Tanguay to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the 25th overall pick, with each team adding lower round picks to the deal. The Flames signed forward Todd Bertuzzi during the off-season, a move that generated controversy amongst a fan base with which he had been previously unpopular.

Jarome Iginla surpassed Theoren Fleury's franchise record of 830 points during the season, scoring his 831st point on the same night he recorded his 400th goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of his second career five point game. Iginla also scored his 400th career assist during the season, and scored his first all-star goal in his fifth appearance at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.

The Flames began the season with five games against divisional opposition. Despite holding leads in four of those games, Calgary won only one game, losing another in overtime. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff became the focus of the team's early struggles, as his play was argued to be a major cause of the Flames' inability to hold a lead. Calgary rebounded to end October in the midst of a six-game winning streak, during which Kiprusoff allowed only nine goals on 152 shots. The team again struggled to start November, losing five games in seven, including a pair of 6–1 losses to the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks that led head coach Mike Keenan to cancel a planned mini-vacation for the players. The loss appeared to be a turning point in the season, as the Flames recorded a mark of 15–4–3 following the loss, including a dominating 5–2 victory over the Sharks.

Rookie Brett Sutter became the 8th member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL on December 23 when he suited up against the Anaheim Ducks. The son of general manager Darryl Sutter, Brett scored a goal in his first game to help the Flames enter the Christmas break with a one point lead on the Vancouver Canucks in the Northwest Division. The Flames entered 2009 with a five point lead on the Canucks after both Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri posted career-high five point nights in a 6–4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on New Year's Eve.

The Flames lost one of their original owners early in the new year as Daryl "Doc" Seaman passed away January 11, 2009. Seaman had been one of the original group of six owners who brought the team to Calgary in 1980 and remained with the ownership group until his death.

Iginla reached numerous personal milestones throughout the season. He recorded his 400th career assist in an early season game against Colorado, and scored his first career five point game against the Oilers on New Year's Eve.. On March 1, Iginla surpassed Theoren Fleury's franchise record of 830 career points as part of another five point night against Tampa Bay, a game where he also scored his 400th career goal.

Injuries became a serious concern for the Flames entering March, as Mark Giordano (shoulder surgery), Rene Bourque (high ankle sprain), Todd Bertuzzi (knee surgery), Brandon Prust (concussion) and Daymond Langkow (hand) were all on injured reserve as the team began their season-high seven-game road trip to begin the month. As a result, Sutter completed two significant deals at the March 4 trade deadline, acquiring defenceman Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche and centre Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes. The deals paid immediate dividends, as Jokinen scored twice and Leopold once in a 5–1 victory the next night against the Philadelphia Flyers allowing the Northwest Division leading Flames to move ten points ahead of the second place Canucks. The Tim Hortons Brier took over the Saddledome in early March, forcing the Flames on a season long, seven-game road trip, during which the team struggled to a 3–4 record that saw the team suffer lopsided losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs as the Flames surrendered 28 goals in the final six games of the trip. Consequently, the Flames saw their lead for the division shrink to five points barely a week after the victory in Philadelphia.

The Flames are attempting to qualify for the post-season for the fifth consecutive year in 2008–09.

Several players made their NHL debuts with the Flames in 2008–09. Adam Pardy began the season with the Flames, while Warren Peters, Brett Sutter, David Van der Gulik and Kris Chucko were each recalled from the Quad City Flames during the season. 2007 first round pick Mikael Backlund played one game with the Flames after leaving his Swedish team before being sent to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

The Flames made two significant trades at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, sending forward Alex Tanguay to Montreal and acquiring Mike Cammalleri from Los Angeles in two separate deals. Calgary sent the 17th overall selection in the draft to the Kings, and received the 25th overall pick from the Canadiens as part of the trades.

Todd Bertuzzi was the most significant signing by the Flames in the free agent market. The controversial forward best known for his attack on Steve Moore in 2003–04, had previously been extremely unpopular with Flames fans. Bertuzzi, who had previously been booed by Calgary fans every time he touched the puck was greeted with loud cheers when he was introduced before the Flames' first exhibition game of the season.

The trade deadline on March 4 saw the Flames emerge as one of the most active teams on the day, completing three trades. Calgary acquired defenceman Jordan Leopold from Colorado for Lawrence Nycholat, who was picked up on waivers from Vancouver one day prior and never played with Calgary, minor leaguer Ryan Wilson and a draft pick. General Manager Darryl Sutter then completed what was considered the biggest deal of the day, acquiring Olli Jokinen and a third round pick from the Coyotes in exchange for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first round pick. The Flames then ended the day with a minor move, sending minor-league goaltender Kevin Lalande to Columbus for a fourth round pick.

The Flames entered the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa with the 17th overall selection. They dealt that pick to Los Angeles, and acquired the 25th overall selection from Montreal. With that pick, the Flames selected centre Greg Nemisz from the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. Listed at six-foot-three and 197 pounds, Nemisz is described as being a potential power forward who isn't afraid of working hard. Calgary drafted six other players, led by second-round selection Mitch Wahl, whom the Flames project to be a potential top-six forward.

The Quad City Flames entered their second season in the American Hockey League in 2008–09. The team was dogged throughout the season by rumours that the franchise would relocate to Abbotsford, British Columbia in 2009–10. For their part, the owners in Quad Cities acknowledged that the Flames had been considering a change, but expected the franchise would remain in Moline, Illinois. The Flames confirmed on March 11 that they had reached an agreement with the owners in Quad Cities to end their affiliation agreement after only two seasons, and anounnced their intent to move into Abbotsford.

The Las Vegas Wranglers remain Calgary's ECHL affiliate for the sixth season.

Updated March 10, 2009.

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