2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 4th Central
Conference 11th Western
2006–07 record 33–42–7
Home record 18–19–4
Road record 15–23–3
Goals for 201
Goals against 249
Team information
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Gerard Gallant (Oct/Nov)
Gary Agnew (interim)(Nov 13–22)
Ken Hitchcock (Nov-Apr)
Captain Adam Foote
Alternate captains Sergei Fedorov
Rick Nash
David Vyborny
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 16,401 (90.43%)
Team leaders
Goals Rick Nash (27)
Assists David Vyborny (48)
Points David Vyborny (64)
Penalties in minutes Alexander Svitov (145)
Wins Fredrik Norrena (24)
Goals against average Fredrik Norrena (2.78)
<2005–06 2007–08>

The 2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the seventh National Hockey League season in Columbus, Ohio.

The offseason was dominated by a contract dispute with top forward Nikolai Zherdev, who had threatened to return to Russia to play if Columbus did not meet his demands. Zherdev remained a hold out for much of the pre-season, however the two parties were able to come to an agreement about a week before the season began.[1]

The Jackets, hoping to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, got off to a disastrous start, falling as low as 6–16–2 into December, briefly holding the worst record in the league. The Jackets poor start led General Manager Doug MacLean to fire head coach Gerard Gallant on November 13.[2] Gallant would be replaced a week later by veteran coach Ken Hitchcock.[3] Coincidentally, Hitchcock's first game as Jackets head coach would be against the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that fired him as head coach earlier in the season.

The Blue Jackets once again failed to qualify for the post-season. As the Atlanta Thrashers qualified for the playoffs in the East, the Blue Jackets were, until the 2008-09 season, the only NHL team to have never played a post-season game.

Regular season[edit]

The Blue Jackets were shut out a league-high 16 times during the regular season. Along with the 4 shutouts Blue Jackets goaltenders recorded, 20 of the Blue Jackets' 82 regular-season games ended in a shutout. They were also the most penalized team in the League, with 453 power-play opportunities against.[4][5]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 50 19 13 254 199 113
2 4 Nashville Predators 82 51 23 8 272 212 110
3 10 St. Louis Blues 82 34 35 13 214 254 81
4 11 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 33 42 7 201 249 73
5 13 Chicago Blackhawks 82 31 42 9 201 258 71

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.


Final regular season standings for the 2006–07 NHL season

Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 6 Vancouver 3 – 2 Columbus OT Leclaire 18,136 0–0–1 1
2 October 7 Columbus 5 – 4 Chicago Leclaire 17,133 1–0–1 3
3 October 9 Phoenix 1 – 5 Columbus Leclaire 16,298 2–0–1 5
4 October 14 Columbus 0 – 5 Minnesota Leclaire 18,568 2–1–1 5
5 October 20 Toronto 4 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 17,303 2–2–1 5
6 October 21 Columbus 3 – 5 Pittsburgh Norrena 14,637 2–3–1 5
7 October 23 San Jose 3 – 0 Columbus Leclaire 16,067 2–4–1 5
8 October 27 Los Angeles 0 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 16,087 3–4–1 7
9 October 28 Columbus 0 – 1 New Jersey Leclaire 14,015 3–5–1 7

November[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
10 November 1 Colorado 5 – 3 Columbus Leclaire 16,007 3–6–1 7
11 November 3 Calgary 4 – 5 Columbus SO Leclaire 16,103 4–6–1 9
12 November 4 Columbus 1 – 4 Detroit Leclaire 20,066 4–7–1 9
13 November 9 Columbus 4 – 2 St. Louis Leclaire 9,631 5–7–1 11
14 November 10 Edmonton 4 – 1 Columbus Leclaire 16,902 5–8–1 11
15 November 12 Columbus 0 – 2 Chicago Norrena 14,078 5–9–1 11
16 November 15 Nashville 5 – 4 Columbus Leclaire 16,283 5–10–1 11
17 November 17 Colorado 3 – 0 Columbus Norrena 16,375 5–11–1 11
18 November 18 Columbus 2 – 4 Nashville Leclaire 13,209 5–12–1 11
19 November 20 Nashville 3 – 1 Columbus Norrena 16,174 5–13–1 11
20 November 22 St. Louis 4 – 3 Columbus SO Leclaire 15,279 5–13–2 12
21 November 24 Columbus 2 – 3 Philadelphia Leclaire 19,301 5–14–2 12
22 November 25 Minnesota 3 – 5 Columbus Norrena 15,493 6–13–2 14
23 November 28 Columbus 0 – 1 Vancouver Leclaire 18,630 6–14–2 14

December[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
24 December 1 Columbus 1 – 2 Calgary Leclaire 19,289 6–16–2 14
25 December 2 Columbus 4 – 0 Edmonton Norrena 16,839 7–16–2 16
26 December 5 Columbus 3 – 0 Colorado Norrena 17,339 8–16–2 18
27 December 9 Columbus 5 – 1 St. Louis Norrena 11,831 9–16–2 20
28 December 10 Ottawa 2 – 6 Columbus Leclaire 15,797 10–16–2 22
29 December 12 Columbus 3 – 1 Dallas Norrena 17,411 11–16–2 24
30 December 14 Columbus 4 – 5 Phoenix SO Norrena 11,301 11–16–3 25
31 December 16 Chicago 6 – 4 Columbus Norrena 17,288 11–17–3 25
32 December 18 Detroit 3 – 4 Columbus Norrena 17,046 12–17–3 27
33 December 20 Columbus 0 – 5 Detroit Norrena 20,066 12–18–3 27
34 December 22 Vancouver 2 – 3 Columbus Norrena 15,861 13–18–3 29
35 December 23 Columbus 0 – 4 NY Islanders Norrena 11,797 13–19–3 29
36 December 26 Boston 4 – 5 Columbus OT Norrena 17,376 14–19–3 31
37 December 28 Detroit 7 – 4 Columbus Norrena 17,408 14–20–3 31
38 December 29 Columbus 3 – 4 Minnesota OT Conklin 18,568 14–20–4 32
39 December 31 Chicago 1 – 3 Columbus Norrena 18,136 15–20–4 34

January[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 3 Columbus 0 – 3 Los Angeles Norrena 16,451 15–21–4 34
41 January 5 Columbus 4 – 3 Anaheim Norrena 17,405 16–21–4 36
42 January 6 Columbus 2 – 5 San Jose Norrena 17,496 16–22–4 36
43 January 9 St. Louis 4 – 3 Columbus SO Norrena 15,238 16–22–5 37
44 January 12 Columbus 0 – 2 Nashville Norrena 14,136 16–23–5 37
45 January 13 Nashville 4 – 1 Columbus Norrena 16,825 16–24–5 37
46 January 16 Columbus 5 – 4 Chicago OT Conklin 10,263 17–24–5 39
47 January 18 Columbus 0 – 4 Nashville Conklin 10,927 17–25–5 39
48 January 19 Detroit 1 – 3 Columbus Norrena 18,136 18–25–5 41
49 January 26 Buffalo 2 – 3 Columbus Norrena 18,136 19–25–5 43
50 January 27 Minnesota 2 – 3 Columbus Norrena 18,136 20–25–5 45
51 January 30 Columbus 3 – 2 Vancouver SO Conklin 18,630 21–25–5 47
52 January 31 Columbus 2 – 5 Edmonton Conklin 16,839 21–26–5 47

February[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 2 Columbus 2 – 6 Calgary Conklin 19,289 21–27–5 47
54 February 6 Phoenix 3 – 0 Columbus Norrena 13,825 21–28–5 47
55 February 8 Calgary 1 – 2 Columbus Norrena 15,739 22–28–5 49
56 February 11 Chicago 5 – 4 Columbus Leclaire 17,054 22–29–5 49
57 February 14 St. Louis 4 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 14,295 22–30–5 49
58 February 16 San Jose 0 – 3 Columbus Norrena 16,045 23–30–5 51
59 February 18 Montreal 3 – 2 Columbus Leclaire 16,116 23–31–5 51
60 February 20 Columbus 4 – 5 St. Louis SO Norrena 11,104 23–31–6 52
61 February 22 Edmonton 4 – 0 Columbus Norrena 15,541 23–32–6 52
62 February 24 Columbus 3 – 2 New York Rangers Norrena 18,200 24–32–6 54
63 February 25 Nashville 4 – 3 Columbus SO Conklin 16,220 24–32–7 55
64 February 27 Columbus 2 – 3 Colorado Norrena 17,127 24–33–7 55

March[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
65 March 2 Columbus 3 – 2 Dallas SO Norrena 17,147 25–33–7 57
66 March 3 Columbus 4 – 3 Phoenix Boucher 16,207 26–33–7 59
67 March 7 Los Angeles 2 – 3 Columbus OT Norrena 15,154 27–33–7 61
68 March 9 Dallas 3 – 0 Columbus Norrena 17,284 27–34–7 61
69 March 10 Columbus 1 – 2 Nashville Norrena 17,113 27–35–7 61
70 March 14 Columbus 5 – 4 Anaheim SO Norrena 17,174 28–35–7 63
71 March 16 Columbus 0 – 3 San Jose Norrena 17,496 28–36–7 63
72 March 17 Columbus 3 – 5 Los Angeles Norrena 17,197 28–37–7 63
73 March 20 Chicago 2 – 5 Columbus Norrena 15,195 29–37–7 65
74 March 22 Columbus 2 – 1 Detroit SO Norrena 20,066 30–37–7 67
75 March 25 St. Louis 1 – 4 Columbus Norrena 16,007 31–37–7 69
76 March 27 Columbus 4 – 1 St. Louis Norrena 17,251 32–37–7 71
77 March 29 Anaheim 5 – 2 Columbus Norrena 15,340 32–38–7 71
78 March 30 Columbus 1 – 3 Chicago Boucher 14,111 32–39–7 71

April[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
79 April 1 Detroit 4 – 1 Columbus Norrena 17,350 32–40–7 71
80 April 3 Columbus 0 – 3 Detroit Norrena 20,066 32–41–7 71
81 April 5 Dallas 1 – 2 Columbus OT Norrena 15,997 33–41–7 73
82 April 7 Anaheim 4 – 3 Columbus Norrena 17,391 33–42–7 73
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The Blue Jackets failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Columbus is the only current NHL team to have yet to qualify, but since they have only been in existence for six seasons, this is not considered anything outstanding.

Player stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Vyborny, DavidDavid Vyborny RW 82 16 48 64 60 6 6 0 2
Nash, RickRick Nash LW 75 27 30 57 73 -8 9 1 5
Modin, FredrikFredrik Modin LW 79 22 20 42 50 -3 6 0 4
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov C 73 18 24 42 56 -7 7 2 2
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera LW 82 15 21 36 91 2 2 2 2
Hainsey, RonRon Hainsey D 80 9 25 34 69 -19 7 0 0
Zherdev, NikolaiNikolai Zherdev W 71 10 22 32 26 -19 3 0 2
Fritsche, DanDan Fritsche C 59 12 15 27 35 3 5 1 4
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 54 10 17 27 16 -1 3 0 1
Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra C 82 9 16 25 76 -8 2 0 3
Eriksson, AndersAnders Eriksson D 79 0 23 23 46 12 0 0 0
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D 75 9 13 22 105 -13 2 0 0
Brule, GilbertGilbert Brule C 78 9 10 19 28 -21 3 0 0
Svitov, AlexanderAlexander Svitov C 76 7 11 18 145 -10 1 0 2
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 59 3 9 12 71 -17 2 0 0
Westcott, DuvieDuvie Westcott D 23 4 6 10 18 -13 2 0 1
Johnson, AaronAaron Johnson D 61 3 7 10 38 -9 0 0 0
Platt, GeoffGeoff Platt C 26 4 5 9 10 1 0 0 0
Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsen D 70 2 3 5 123 2 1 0 0
Methot, MarcMarc Methot D 20 0 4 4 12 5 0 0 0
Hartigan, MarkMark Hartigan C 6 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 0
Berard, BryanBryan Berard D 11 0 3 3 8 -4 0 0 0
Walser, DerrickDerrick Walser D 9 2 0 2 0 -1 2 0 0
Balastik, JaroslavJaroslav Balastik RW 8 1 1 2 4 -3 1 0 0
Shelley, JodyJody Shelley LW 72 1 1 2 125 -6 0 0 0
Lindstrom, JoakimJoakim Lindstrom C 9 1 0 1 4 -3 0 0 0
Motzko, JoeJoe Motzko RW 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard LW 23 0 1 1 6 -3 0 0 0
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Campbell, DarcyDarcy Campbell D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conklin, TyTy Conklin G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glencross, CurtisCurtis Glencross C 7 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Goertzen, StevenSteven Goertzen RW 7 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Konopka, ZenonZenon Konopka C 6 0 0 0 20 -2 0 0 0
Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire G 24 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Norrena, FredrikFredrik Norrena G 55 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Novak, FilipFilip Novak D 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Popperle, TomasTomas Popperle G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Norrena, FredrikFredrik Norrena 2952 55 24 23 3 137 2.78 3 1420 1283 .904
Leclaire, PascalPascal Leclaire 1315 24 6 15 2 65 2.97 1 629 564 .897
Conklin, TyTy Conklin 491 11 2 3 2 27 3.30 0 210 183 .871
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher 142 3 1 1 0 9 3.80 0 67 58 .866
Popperle, TomasTomas Popperle 45 2 0 0 0 1 1.33 0 14 13 .929
Team: 4945 82 33 42 7 239 2.90 4 2340 2101 .898

[6]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Blue Jackets have been involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season.[7][8]

Trades[edit]

June 30, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Fredrik Modin
Fredrik Norrena
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Marc Denis
October 25, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Caldwell
To New York Islanders
Eric Boguniecki
November 29, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Derrick Walser
To Carolina Hurricanes
Mark Flood
January 26, 2007 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Zenon Konopka
Curtis Glencross
Conditional 7th round pick in 2007 or 2008
To Anaheim Ducks
Joe Motzko
Mark Hartigan
4th round pick in 2007
February 23, 2007 To Columbus Blue Jackets
5th round pick in 2008
To Carolina Hurricanes
Anson Carter
February 27, 2007 To Columbus Blue Jackets
5th round pick in 2007
To Buffalo Sabres
Ty Conklin

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player signed Former team
D Tomas Kloucek Atlanta Thrashers
G Ty Conklin Edmonton Oilers
D Filip Novak Ottawa Senators
F Eric Boguniecki Pittsburgh Penguins
F Anson Carter Vancouver Canucks

Free agents lost[edit]

Player lost New team
D Andy Delmore Tampa Bay Lightning
F Trevor Letowski Carolina Hurricanes
G Andrew Penner Pittsburgh Penguins

Claimed off waivers[edit]

Player received Team
G Brian Boucher Chicago Blackhawks

Draft picks[edit]

Columbus' picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[9] The Blue Jackets picked 6th overall.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Derick Brassard (C)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
3 69 Steve Mason (G)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets London Knights (OHL)
3 85 Tommy Sestito (LW)  United States Columbus Blue Jackets (from San Jose via Philadelphia) Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
4 113 Ben Wright (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets (from San Jose) Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
5 129 Robert Nyholm (RW)  Finland Columbus Blue Jackets IFK Jr.
5 136 Nick Sucharski (LW)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets (from Toronto) Michigan State University (NCAA)
5 142 Maxim Frechette (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets (from Anaheim) Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
6 159 Jesse Dudas (D)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Prince George Cougars (WHL)
7 189 Derek Dorsett (RW)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
7 194 Matt Marquardt (LW)  Canada Columbus Blue Jackets (from Los Angeles) Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Syracuse Crunch[edit]

The Syracuse Crunch are the Blue Jackets American Hockey League affiliate for the seventh season. Prior to the start of the 2006–07 season, the two clubs announced they had agreed to extend the affiliation agreement for four more years.[10]

Dayton Bombers[edit]

The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL are also entering their seventh season as an affiliate of the Blue Jackets.

Youngstown SteelHounds[edit]

The Jackets are also affiliated with the Youngstown SteelHounds of the Central Hockey League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue Jackets re-sign right wing Zherdev, espn.com, September 28, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  2. ^ Blue Jackets fire Gerard Gallant, tsn.ca, November 13, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  3. ^ Blue Jackets hire Hitchcock as coach, tsn.ca, November 22, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  4. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007_games.html
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007.html
  6. ^ "2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  7. ^ NHL Insider - Offseason Trades, nhl.com. Retrieved December 2, 2006.
  8. ^ NHL Insider - Free Agent Signings, nhl.com. Retrieved December 2, 2006.
  9. ^ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed November 20, 2006
  10. ^ Syracuse Crunch and Columbus Blue Jackets extend affiliation agreement, Syracuse Crunch press release, July 31, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets Roster

Goaltenders:

1 – Popperle 30 – Norrena 31 – Leclaire 35 – Boucher 

Defensemen

2 – Eriksson 4 – Berard 6 – Hainsey 10 – Westcott 23 – Walser 37 – Campbell 44 – Johnson 48 – Methot 52 – Foote 55 – Tollefsen 97 – Klesla 

Forwards

9 – Vyborny 13 – Zherdev 16 – Svitov 17 – Brule 19 – Picard 20 – Glencross 25 – Chimera 27 – Malhotra 28 – Konopka 33 – Modin 38 – Lindstrom 45 – Shelley 47 – Platt 49 – Fritsche 61 – Nash 91 – Fedorov 

General ManagerDoug MacLean •  CoachKen Hitchcock