The 2006–07 NHL season was the 90th season of operation (89th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 11, 2007, and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the first team from California to do so.
|2006–07 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 4, 2006 – June 6, 2007|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Erik Johnson|
|Picked by||St. Louis Blues|
|Presidents' Trophy||Buffalo Sabres|
|Season MVP||Sidney Crosby (Penguins)|
|Top scorer||Sidney Crosby (Penguins)|
|Eastern champions||Ottawa Senators|
|Eastern runners-up||Buffalo Sabres|
|Western champions||Anaheim Ducks|
|Western runners-up||Detroit Red Wings|
|Playoffs MVP||Scott Niedermayer (Ducks)|
The NHL announced that the regular season salary cap rise after the initial season. The 2006–07 salary cap was increased by $5,000,000 (US) per team to bring the salary cap up to $44,000,000 (US). While the 2006–07 salary floor was increased by $8,000,000 (US) per team to $28,000,000 (US). This is the only year where the NHL salary floor raised faster than the NHL salary cap.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim officially shortened their name to the Anaheim Ducks prior to the season, introducing a new logo, uniforms and color scheme. This reflected a clean break from their original owners, The Walt Disney Company, who originally named the team after the movie, The Mighty Ducks upon their formation in 1993.
The NHL All-Star Game returned after a two-year absence when the Dallas Stars hosted the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game at the American Airlines Center on January 24, 2007. Dallas hosted the All-Star Game for the first time, and it was the first time the Stars franchise had hosted the game since 1972, when it was hosted by the-then Minnesota North Stars. The West defeated the East by a score of 12–9, with Danny Briere of the Buffalo Sabres being named MVP of the game. Fewer penalties were called than in 2005–06 (an average of 398 per team). This led to fewer goals scored overall (7,082) and more shutouts (150). However, more even-strength goals were scored (4,715) than in 2005–06 (4,579).
This season would have an intense battle between Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo for the Vezina Trophy and a piece of NHL history. Both goaltenders were vying to break Bernie Parent's NHL record 47 wins in a single season. On April 3, 2007, Brodeur tied the NHL record for most wins in a single season with 47, set by Parent in 1973–74, in a 2–1 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators. Two days later, he broke the thirty-three-year-old record with his 48th win in a 3–2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, which helped the Devils clinch their seventh Atlantic Division title and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Luongo finished with a career-high 47 wins, one shy of Brodeur, and consequently finished runner-up in a close race for the Vezina. Luongo and Brodeur are considered, however, to have been given an advantage to Parent with the inauguration of the shootout that season by the NHL, allowing more games to be decided with wins, as opposed to ties. The Carolina Hurricanes became the first team since the 1995–96 New Jersey Devils to miss the playoffs after being the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The inter-conference division play had the Northeast visit the Central, the Central visit the Atlantic, the Atlantic visit the Pacific, the Pacific visit the Southeast, the Southeast visit the Northwest, and the Northwest visits the Northeast.
Buffalo Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
For the purpose of conference rankings, division leaders are automatically ranked 1–3. These three, plus the next five teams in the conference standings, earn playoff berths at the end of the season.
|1||2||New Jersey Devils||82||49||24||9||216||201||107|
|3||6||New York Rangers||82||42||30||10||242||216||94|
|4||8||New York Islanders||82||40||30||12||248||240||92|
|3||9||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||40||31||11||258||269||91|
|2||7||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||44||33||5||253||261||93|
|Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast|
P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||50||19||13||254||199||113|
|3||10||St. Louis Blues||82||34||35||13||214||254||81|
|4||11||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||33||42||7||201||249||73|
|2||5||San Jose Sharks||82||51||26||5||258||199||107|
|4||14||Los Angeles Kings||82||27||41||14||227||283||68|
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime/shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||z-Detroit Red Wings||CE||82||50||19||13||254||199||113|
|5||San Jose Sharks||PA||82||51||26||5||258||199||107|
|10||St. Louis Blues||CE||82||34||35||13||214||254||81|
|11||Columbus Blue Jackets||CE||82||33||42||7||201||249||73|
|14||Los Angeles Kings||PA||82||27||41||14||227||283||68|
bold - qualified for playoffs, y - division title, z - best conference record
CE - Central Division, NW - Northwest Division, PA - Pacific Division
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
|Anaheim wins series 4–1|
|Scott Niedermayer wins Conn Smythe Trophy|
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|8||NY Islanders||1||6||NY Rangers||2|
|2||New Jersey||4||Eastern Conference|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
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 Final, home ice is determined based on regular season points, giving the Anaheim Ducks home ice for this year's series. 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.
|2006–2007 NHL awards|
|Stanley Cup:||Anaheim Ducks|
|Presidents' Trophy:||Buffalo Sabres|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Ottawa Senators|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Anaheim Ducks|
|Art Ross Trophy:||Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Jack Adams Award:||Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy:||Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy:||Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres|
|Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award:||Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild|
|Vezina Trophy:||Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Niklas Backstrom and Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||Brian Leetch, Cammi Granato, Stan Fischler, John Halligan|
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils||G||Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks|
|Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings||D||Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks||D||Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks|
|Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins||C||Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators||RW||Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals||LW||Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||79||36||84||120||+10||60|
|Joe Thornton||San Jose Sharks||82||22||92||114||+24||44|
|Vincent Lecavalier||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||52||56||108||+2||44|
|Dany Heatley||Ottawa Senators||82||50||55||105||+31||74|
|Martin St. Louis||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||43||59||102||+7||28|
|Marian Hossa||Atlanta Thrashers||82||43||57||100||+18||49|
|Joe Sakic||Colorado Avalanche||82||36||64||100||+2||46|
|Jaromir Jagr||New York Rangers||82||30||66||96||+26||78|
|Marc Savard||Boston Bruins||82||22||74||96||−19||96|
|Daniel Briere||Buffalo Sabres||81||32||63||95||+17||89|
|Teemu Selanne||Anaheim Ducks||82||48||46||94||+26||82|
|Niklas Backstrom||Minnesota Wild||41||2,226||23||8||6||73||5||.929||1.97|
|Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||56||3,340||38||11||6||114||8||.913||2.05|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||78||4,696||48||23||7||171||12||.922||2.18|
|Roberto Luongo||Vancouver Canucks||76||4,490||47||22||6||171||5||.921||2.28|
|Jean-Sebastien Giguere||Anaheim Ducks||56||3,244||36||10||8||122||4||.918||2.26|
Several former players had their jersey numbers retired during this season:
Numerous players reached major milestones during the season:
The NHL's youth movement continued:
Numerous other milestones, events, and happenings occurred as well:
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2006–07:
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2006–07, listed with their team:
|Tony Amonte||Calgary Flames||Olympic silver medalist, 5-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Ed Belfour||Florida Panthers||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars, 5-time NHL All-Star, 4-time William M. Jennings Trophy winner, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Vezina Trophy winner, over 900 games played.|
|Peter Bondra||Chicago Blackhawks||5-time NHL All-Star, over 1000 games played.|
|Sean Burke||Los Angeles Kings||Olympic silver medalist, 3-time NHL All-Star. Goaltender in last game in Hartford Whalers history, 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Lightning. Over 800 games played. Whalers all-time goaltender leader with 256 games played.|
|Ben Clymer||Washington Capitals||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|Mike Dunham||New York Islanders||Olympic silver medalist, William M. Jennings Trophy winner.|
|Robert Esche||Philadelphia Flyers||William M. Jennings Trophy winner.|
|Jeff Friesen||Calgary Flames||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils.|
|Ric Jackman||Anaheim Ducks||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks.|
|Darius Kasparaitis||New York Rangers||1st Lithuanian NHL player; Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist.|
|John LeClair||Pittsburgh Penguins||1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, Olympic silver emdalist; 5-time NHL All-Star.|
|Eric Lindros||Dallas Stars||Olympic gold and silver medalist, 5-time NHL All-Star, Hart Memorial Trophy wiiner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner.|
|Scott Mellanby||Atlanta Thrashers||Over 1400 games played.|
|Petr Nedved||Edmonton Oilers||Olympic silver medalist.|
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Florida Panthers||3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, Olympic gold medalist, 4-time NHL All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, over 1200 games played.|
|Mike Ricci||Phoenix Coyotes||1-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche; over 1000 games played.|
|Pierre Turgeon||Colorado Avalanche||5-time NHL All-Star, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner; over 1200 games played.|
|Oleg Tverdovsky||Los Angeles Kings||2-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes, Olympic bronze medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star.|
|Alexei Yashin||New York Islanders||Olympic silver and bronze medalist.|
Media related to 2006-2007 National Hockey League season at Wikimedia Commons2006 NHL Entry Draft
The 2006 NHL Entry Draft was the 44th NHL Entry Draft. It was held at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on June 24, 2006.
The draft order for the first 14 picks was decided during a lottery held on April 20, 2006.
The draft was televised in Canada on TSN and RDS, with the first three hours simulcasted in the United States on OLN.
As of 2019, eleven players from the 2006 draft have been named NHL All-Stars, or to the All-Star team. Players named range from the 1st overall pick of Erik Johnson to the 180th selection, Leo Komarov.2006–07 Boston Bruins season
The 2006–07 Boston Bruins season, the franchise's 83rd, saw the team working toward improving on a 2005–06 season which saw them finish with the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.2006–07 Calgary Flames season
The 2006–07 Calgary Flames season began with a great deal of promise following the acquisition of top forward Alex Tanguay from the Colorado Avalanche. The other major off-season news was that Darryl Sutter promoted his assistant coach, Jim Playfair, to head coach as Sutter stayed with the team as general manager only.
A pre-season favorite to win the National Hockey League's Northwest Division, the Flames struggled out of the gate in October before a six-game winning streak, and a franchise record ten consecutive home wins in November and December, brought the Flames back into contention in the tight Northwest Division.
A January crash proved that the Flames were unable to live up to the pre-season hype. Hoping to rejuvenate the team, GM Sutter orchestrated a trade with the Los Angeles Kings to bring Craig Conroy back to the team. However, there was a lack of passion even after the mid-season shake-up. The Flames struggled to an eighth-place finish in the Western Conference, having to stave off a furious challenge for the final playoff spot by Colorado. The Flames entered the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a first-round match-up against the Detroit Red Wings, falling in six games to the Red Wings.
The lackluster season and poor playoff performance led to widespread criticism of rookie head coach Jim Playfair. TSN analyst Bob McKenzie even suggested replacing Playfair after game two of the Flames playoff series against Detroit. Following the season, however, several players defended their coach. Despite this, Playfair was relieved of his duties prior to the 2007–08 season.2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes season
The 2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes season began as the defending Stanley Cup champions started to defend their title. The Hurricanes did not make any substantial changes to their roster, hoping that their lineup would be enough to get them a repeat as NHL champions. However, due to many factors, including a shortened off-season due to last season's Stanley Cup run, injuries and disappointing performances from the team's young stars (including Eric Staal and Cam Ward), the team failed to qualify for the post-season becoming the first team since the 1995–96 New Jersey Devils to miss the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year.2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks season
The 2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 81st season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926.2006–07 Detroit Red Wings season
The 2006–07 Detroit Red Wings season was the 81st National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings entered a new era, following the retirement of longtime captain Steve Yzerman after 22 seasons in the NHL, all spent with Detroit. The Wings named Yzerman a team vice-president, Yzerman's number 19 was retired by the Wings in January.The Red Wings lost another longtime player in Brendan Shanahan, who signed with the New York Rangers, although they retained the services of goaltender Dominik Hasek, who re-signed with the club as a free agent. Hasek remained one of the NHL's goaltending leaders, helping the Red Wings remain in contention for top spot in the Western Conference, battling with their division rivals, the Nashville Predators.
Two Red Wings players represented the West at the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas, Texas – Nicklas Lidstrom was elected as a starting defenceman, and registered an assist, where he was joined by forward Henrik Zetterberg.2006–07 Los Angeles Kings season
The 2006–07 Los Angeles Kings season was the 40th season (39th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. This season marked the beginning of a rebuilding phase, as the team hired Marc Crawford as their new head coach, the former general manager of the San Jose Sharks, Dean Lombardi, as their new GM, former NHL goaltenders Ron Hextall as assistant GM (and GM of their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs), and Bill Ranford as goaltending coach. Their first big move came when they acquired rookie prospect Patrick O'Sullivan, along with a 2006 first-round draft pick (Trevor Lewis), from the Minnesota Wild for forward Pavol Demitra on June 24, 2006.But the biggest move of the off-season for the Kings was acquiring goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2007 second-round draft pick and a 2009 conditional draft pick on July 5, 2006. He was then named the team's starting goaltender ahead of Mathieu Garon, whom many fans expected to be their number-one goaltender. Before the season got underway, he was signed to a two-year contract, expecting a great performance from the former Canuck. However, at the end of December, Dan Cloutier was last in save percentage and goals against average (GAA) amongst NHL goaltenders who have played at least 12 games.
Injuries to both Garon and Cloutier in January prompted the Kings to recall Yutaka Fukufuji as an emergency goaltender, who made his NHL debut on January 13 against the St. Louis Blues, becoming the first Japanese-born player in NHL history. On January 18, prior to a home game against St. Louis, the Kings claimed goaltender Sean Burke off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke would be the fifth goaltender to play for the Kings during the season (after Cloutier, Garon, Barry Brust and Fukufuji). This marked the first time the Kings have had at least five goaltenders appear during one season since the 2000–01 season (Jamie Storr, Felix Potvin, Steve Passmore, Stephane Fiset and Travis Scott).
On January 20, 2007, prior to a night-game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings officially retired Luc Robitaille's number 20 sweater. This makes him the fifth player to have his number retired by the Los Angeles Kings, along with Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky.2006–07 Minnesota Wild season
This 2006–07 Minnesota Wild season began on October 5, 2006. It was the Wild's seventh season in the National Hockey League.2006–07 Montreal Canadiens season
The 2006–07 Montreal Canadiens season was the club's 98th season, 90th in the National Hockey League. The club finished fourth in the Northeast division and missed qualification for the playoffs by two points after losing the final game of the regular season 6–5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.2006–07 NHL transactions
The following is a list of all team-to-team transactions that occurred in the National Hockey League during the 2006–07 NHL season. It lists the team each player has been traded to, signed by, or claimed by, and for which players or draft picks, if applicable.2006–07 New Jersey Devils season
The 2006–07 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 25th in the National Hockey League since the franchise moved to New Jersey. The team qualified again for the playoffs, losing in the second round to the Ottawa Senators.2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes season
The Phoenix Coyotes 2006–07 season began as a rebuilding stage for the team, as they tried to become good enough to be a factor in the increasingly competitive Western Conference. Not considered one of the "elite" teams in the West, the Phoenix Coyotes knew that they had to make some huge changes to reach that status. They tried to do so by acquiring defenseman Ed Jovanovski and former all-stars Jeremy Roenick and Owen Nolan. They hoped to get solid goaltending from Curtis Joseph, and with the former hockey great Wayne Gretzky as head coach, the Coyotes were looking to improve the game of their prospects with the leadership of their veteran players.2006–07 San Jose Sharks season
The San Jose Sharks 2006–07 season was the 16th season played by the franchise.2006–07 St. Louis Blues season
The 2006–07 St. Louis Blues season, its 40th in the league, saw the team attempting to improve on the 2005–06 season, in which it had finished with the worst record in the National Hockey League (21–46–15, 57 points).
One major offseason transaction saw the Blues sign Doug Weight back to the roster via free agency, after he had left the team at the trade deadline of the 2005–06 season and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
One notable event of the season was the jersey retirement of Brett Hull's number 16 on December 5, 2006. In the ceremony, the Blues announced that a section of nearby Clark Avenue would be renamed Brett Hull Way. In front of a sellout crowd, the Blues then went on to lose a disappointing game 5–1 to the division rival Detroit Red Wings.
The team started the season very poorly, winning only seven of its first 30 games. A dramatic turn-around was made in mid-December, however, and over a 20-game span, the Blues went 13–3–4. By the end of January, St. Louis had pulled its record to near .500 and had climbed into third place in the Central Division standings.2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs season
The 2006–07 NHL season saw the Toronto Maple Leafs attempting to recover from a 2005–06 season in which it finished two points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.2006–07 Washington Capitals season
The 2006–07 Washington Capitals season was the Washington Capitals' 33rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL), and the last one in which they used their blue, black and bronze color scheme.2007 National Hockey League All-Star Game
The 2007 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held in Dallas, on January 24, 2007. The Western Conference was victorious, defeating the Eastern Conference 12–9. Calgary's Dion Phaneuf scored the longest empty-net goal in All-Star history when from behind his own net, he used the boards to bank the puck, which rolled into the East's vacated net.
On January 23, 2006, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the event to be held during the 2006–07 season would take place at American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars. The Stars were hosting an All-Star Game for the first time since 1972, when they were known as the Minnesota North Stars. The starting lines for both conferences were announced on January 9, 2007, and the full rosters were announced January 13, 2007.
This was the first NHL All-Star game since 2004. The 2004–05 NHL lockout forced the cancellation of that year's game and the 2005–06 season did not include an All-Star game due to the 2006 Winter Olympics.
This event was broadcast by Versus, CBC and RDS.2007 Stanley Cup Finals
The 2007 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2006–07 season, and the culmination of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Western Conference champion Anaheim Ducks and the Eastern Conference champion Ottawa Senators. It was the second appearance in the Final for Anaheim since 2003 (known as the Mighty Ducks) when they lost to the New Jersey Devils. It was the first appearance for the Senators since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 1992. Anaheim defeated Ottawa in five games and were awarded their first Stanley Cup becoming the eleventh post-1967 expansion team to win the NHL championship trophy, and the first Stanley Cup championship for a team from California (the Los Angeles Kings would eventually win Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014). This was also the most recent year that both teams that went to the finals had never won the Stanley Cup before until the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.Mark Messier Leadership Award
The Mark Messier Leadership Award is a National Hockey League (NHL) award that recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The award is given to a player selected by Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier to honor an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. It was first awarded during 2006–07 NHL season and sponsored by Cold-fX.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.
2006–07 NHL season