2005–06 Calgary Flames season

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2005–06 Calgary Flames
Northwest Division Champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2005–06 record 46–25–11
Home record 30–7–4
Road record 16–18–7
Goals for 218 (28th)
Goals against 200 (1st)
Team information
General Manager Darryl Sutter
Coach Darryl Sutter
Captain Jarome Iginla
Alternate captains Robyn Regehr
Rhett Warrener
Arena Pengrowth Saddledome
Average attendance 19,289
Team leaders
Goals Jarome Iginla (35)
Assists Daymond Langkow (34)
Points Jarome Iginla (67)
Penalties in minutes Darren McCarty (117)
Wins Miikka Kiprusoff (42)
Goals against average Miikka Kiprusoff (2.07)
<2004–05 2006–07>
Calgary Flames 25th anniversary logo

The 2005–06 Calgary Flames season was the 26th NHL season in Calgary while the team celebrated its 25th season of play.

The off-season following the lockout provided ominous news for the hockey starved city of Calgary as GM Darryl Sutter announced he would not re-sign free-agent Martin Gelinas, the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs clutch performer, for the 2005–06 NHL season.[1] Instead Sutter brought in three ageing veterans, Bryan Marchment, Tony Amonte and Darren McCarty, as free-agent reclamation projects to start the season.[2] Nonetheless, the season began with high expectations following their surprising run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.

The season opened with a disappointing October, as the Flames started 4–7–2 before an eight game November winning streak propelled Calgary back into contention in the National Hockey League's Northwest Division. The Flames would battle the Colorado Avalanche down the stretch, ultimately finishing eight points ahead of both Colorado and the Edmonton Oilers to capture the team's sixth division crown in franchise history.[3]

However, the playoffs proved the team was missing the "killer instinct"[1] necessary for playoff success, as they fell in the first round to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in seven games.

Star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff proved that 2003–04 was no fluke, leading the NHL in shutouts and goals against average while setting a franchise record for wins with 42.[4] Kiprusoff's exploits would win him the Vezina Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy, along with being named a first team all-star. Kiprusoff was also a finalist for the Hart Trophy.[5]

Rookie phenom Dion Phaneuf earned a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy after his 20 goal campaign set a franchise record for goals by a rookie defenceman, and fell just three shy of Brian Leetch's league record of 23, set in 1988–89.[6]

The Flames sold out all 45 home games in 2005–06 as 19,289 fans packed the Pengrowth Saddledome for every regular season and playoff game played in Calgary.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, three Flames players represented their countries. Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr both represented Canada, while Jordan Leopold represented the United States.[7] Miikka Kiprusoff was also named to the Finnish team, however declined to go citing an injury.[8]

Regular season[edit]

The Flames finished first in shutouts for, with 10, and allowed the fewest goals in the League, with just 193 (excluding shootout goals allowed).[9][10]

Season standings[edit]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Calgary Flames 82 46 25 11 218 200 103
2 7 Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 283 257 95
3 8 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 28 13 256 251 95
4 9 Vancouver Canucks 82 42 32 8 256 255 92
5 11 Minnesota Wild 82 38 36 8 231 215 84

[11] Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[12]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Detroit Red Wings CE 82 58 16 8 305 209 124
2 Y- Dallas Stars PA 82 53 23 6 265 218 112
3 Y- Calgary Flames NW 82 46 25 11 218 200 103
4 X- Nashville Predators CE 82 49 25 8 259 227 106
5 X- San Jose Sharks PA 82 44 27 11 266 242 99
6 X- Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA 82 43 27 12 254 229 98
7 X- Colorado Avalanche NW 82 43 30 9 283 257 95
8 X- Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 28 13 256 251 95
8.5
9 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 32 8 256 255 92
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 42 35 5 249 270 89
11 Minnesota Wild NW 82 38 36 8 231 215 84
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 39 5 246 271 81
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 35 43 4 223 279 74
14 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 26 43 13 211 285 65
15 St. Louis Blues CE 82 21 46 15 197 292 57

Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

2005–06 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Flames entered the playoffs as the Northwest Division champions, and the third seed in the Western Conference. They met the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round in a hard fought seven game series. The goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov would prove the turning point in the series after he replaced the ineffective starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere after game 3 and would stonewall the Flames for the rest of the series.

2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jarome Iginla 12 82 35 32 67 86 7 5 3 8 11
Daymond Langkow 22 82 25 34 59 46 7 1 5 6 6
Dion Phaneuf 3 82 20 29 49 93 7 1 0 1 7
Tony Amonte 10 80 14 28 42 43 7 2 1 3 10
Kristian Huselius 20 54 15 24 39 36 7 2 4 6 4
Chuck Kobasew 19 77 20 11 31 64 7 1 0 1 0
Andrew Ference 21 82 4 27 31 85 7 0 4 4 12
Roman Hamrlik 4 51 7 19 26 56 7 0 2 2 2
Robyn Regehr 28 68 6 20 26 67 7 1 3 4 6
Matthew Lombardi 18 55 6 20 26 67 7 0 2 2 2
Chris Simon 17 72 8 14 22 94 6 0 1 1 7
Shean Donovan 16 80 9 11 20 82 7 0 0 0 6
Jordan Leopold 6 74 2 18 20 68 7 0 1 1 4
Stephane Yelle 11 74 4 14 18 48 7 1 0 1 8
Marcus Nilson 26 70 6 11 17 32 - - - - -
Darren McCarty 25 67 7 6 13 117 7 2 0 2 15
Jamie Lundmark 24 12 4 6 10 20 4 0 1 1 7
Byron Ritchie 15 45 4 2 6 69 7 0 0 0 0
Rhett Warrener 44 61 3 3 6 54 7 0 0 0 14
Craig MacDonald 29 25 3 2 5 8 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Leclerc 27 15 1 4 5 8 3 0 0 0 2
Bryan Marchment 7 37 1 2 3 75 - - - - -
Richie Regehr 49 14 0 2 2 6 - - - - -
Cale Hulse 32 12 0 1 1 20 - - - - -
Mark Giordano 46 7 0 1 1 8 - - - - -
Eric Nystrom 23 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Carsen Germyn 39 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Lynn Loyns 20 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
All traded players -- 12 21 33 100 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP Min W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Miikka Kiprusoff 34 74 4380 42 20 11 151 10 .923 2.07 7 428 3 4 16 0 .921 2.24
Philippe Sauve 8 402 3 3 0 22 0 .891 3.28 -
Brian Boucher 3 182 1 2 0 15 0 .854 4.95 -
Player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded from Calgary during the season
Bold – League leader
Italics – Franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Records achieved in the season[edit]

Flames team records[edit]

  • Fewest home goals against in one season: (73)–previous record was 85 in the 2003–04 season
  • Tied record for most shots for in one period: 3rd period, November 14, 2005 against the Minnesota Wild (25)
  • Longest consecutive shutout minutes, for: April 8, 2006, 2:27 overtime at Vancouver Canucks; April 11 vs. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to April 15, 3rd period at Los Angeles Kings (161:11)–previous record was 160:07 in the 2000–01 season
  • Set a new record for fastest goal to start a period when Daymond Langkow scored five seconds into the third period against Anaheim on March 11.

Flames individual records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • 400 career goals: Tony Amonte (December 10 vs. Ottawa)

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.[13]

Trades[edit]

August 4, 2005 To Calgary Flames
conditional draft pick in 2006
To Washington Capitals
Chris Clark
August 9, 2005 To Calgary Flames
Philippe Sauve
To Colorado Avalanche
conditional 7th round pick in 2007
August 25, 2005 To Calgary Flames
3rd round pick in 2006
To Buffalo Sabres
Toni Lydman
December 2, 2005 To Calgary Flames
Kristian Huselius
To Florida Panthers
Steve Montador
Dustin Johner
February 1, 2006 To Calgary Flames
Mike Leclerc
Brian Boucher
To Phoenix Coyotes
Steven Reinprecht
Philippe Sauve
February 28, 2006 To Calgary Flames
Cale Hulse
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Severson
March 9, 2006 To Calgary Flames
Jamie Lundmark
To Phoenix Coyotes
4th round pick in 2006
March 9, 2006 To Calgary Flames
4th round pick in 2006
To New Jersey Devils
Jason Wiemer

Free Agents[edit]

Player signed Former team
F Tony Amonte Philadelphia Flyers
D Roman Hamrlik New York Islanders
D Bryan Marchment Toronto Maple Leafs
F Darren McCarty Detroit Red Wings
Player lost New team
F Dean McAmmond St. Louis Blues
F Martin Gelinas Florida Panthers
F Ville Nieminen New York Rangers

Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[14] Due to the cancellation of the 2004–05 NHL season, the 2005 draft order was determined by a random draw, with each team gaining one to three "balls" based on recent performance. Each team started with three balls, and lost one for each time they made the post-season in the previous three years, with a minimum of one ball per team. The Flames had two balls in the lottery, however were very unlucky, ending up with the 26th overall pick.[15]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 26 Matt Pelech  Canada D Sarnia Sting (OHL) 13 1 3 4 38
3 69 Gord Baldwin  Canada D Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
3 74 Dan Ryder  Canada C Peterborough Petes (OHL)
4 111 J.D. Watt  Canada RW Vancouver Giants (WHL)
5 128 Kevin Lalande  Canada G Belleville Bulls (OHL)
5 158 Matt Keetley  Canada G Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) 1 0–0–0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000Sv%
6 179 Brett Sutter  Canada C/LW Kootenay Ice (WHL) 54 2 5 7 36
7 221 Myles Rumsey  Canada D Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Statistics are updated to the end of the 2013–14 NHL season. denotes player was on an NHL roster in 2013–14.

Farm teams[edit]

Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights[edit]

The Flames returned to having their own American Hockey League affiliate in 2005–06 with the debut of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in Omaha, Nebraska. This ended a two-year relationship with the Lowell Lockmonsters, whom the Flames shared the affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes. 2005–06 marked the first season the Flames had a full affiliate since suspending the Saint John Flames franchise in 2003. The team is co-owned by the Calgary Flames, and the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, a philanthropist organization in Omaha.[16]

The Knights had a disappointing inaugural season, finishing sixth in the Western Division, and out of the playoffs, with a record of 35–31–3–11. Carsen Germyn led the team in goals with 24, while Mark Giordano led in assists, 42, and points, 58. Brent Krahn led the way in goal with 26 wins, while both he and Curtis McElhinney finished with three shutouts each.[17]

Las Vegas Wranglers[edit]

2005–06 marked the third season the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers were affiliated with the Flames. The Wranglers iced a strong team in 2005–06, setting franchise records for wins, 56, goals for, 267, and fewest goals against, 176.[18] Despite their 56–13–6 record, the Wranglers only finished 2nd in the West Division, one point back of the Alaska Aces. Their point total of 112 was second best in the league, behind only the Aces. The Wranglers needed seven games to defeat the Idaho Steelheads in the West Division semi-finals before being knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Kelly Cup champion Aces in five games.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide – 2005–06 stats, pg. 107.
  • Game log: 2005–06 Calgary Flames game log on espn.com
  • Team standings: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide – 2005–06 standings, pg. 146.
  • Team records: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide – Flames all time team & individual records, pp. 211–214
  • Previous team records: 2005–06 Calgary Flames Media Guide – Flames all time team & individual records, pp. 209–212
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