2006–07 Colorado Avalanche season
|2006–07 Colorado Avalanche|
|Goals for||272 (T-4th)|
|Goals against||251 (18th)|
|General Manager||Francois Giguere|
|Alternate captains||Andrew Brunette
|Average attendance||17,612 (13th)|
|Goals||Joe Sakic (36)|
|Assists||Joe Sakic (64)|
|Points||Joe Sakic (100)|
|Penalties in minutes||Ian Laperriere (133)|
|Wins||Peter Budaj (31)|
|Goals against average||Peter Budaj (2.68)|
The 2006–07 Colorado Avalanche season was their 12th National Hockey League season in Denver, Colorado. It was a season of transition for the Avs, as the team began the season with a new General Manager in Francois Giguere, ending the twelve-year reign of Pierre Lacroix. The off-season also featured the departures of Alex Tanguay and Rob Blake, continuing the trend of star players leaving Denver that began the previous year.
After a decade near the top of the Western Conference standings, the Avalanche were expected to struggle to make the playoffs in 2006–07. The team's expected decline also saw attendance take a hit, as Colorado's NHL record sellout streak of 487 games was ended on October 16 when 17,681 tickets were sold for a game, 326 shy of a sellout.
Entering the final week of the season on April 3, 2007, Colorado was 7 points behind the Calgary Flames for the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference standings. Needing Calgary to lose all four games that week and for them to win all four they fell short by 1 point. Calgary losing to Colorado, San Jose, Edmonton, and again to Colorado did not capture a point that week and Colorado winning three out of four was knocked out of contention when they lost to the Nashville Predators on April 7, 2007. The following night, the Avalanche beat the Flames 6–3 giving them 95 points overall on the season and one short of Calgary who had 96. With the 95 points, the Avalanche became the team with the highest point total in a season to not make the playoffs, missing the post-season for the first time in franchise history, despite going 15–2–2 to end the regular season. This record would later be matched by the 2010–11 Dallas Stars, who also failed to qualify for the playoffs with 95 points.
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.
|2006–07 Game log|
October: 5–4–2 (home: 3–3–1; road: 2–1–1)
November: 7–7–0 (home: 3–3–0; road: 4–4–0)
December: 6–7–0 (home: 4–3–0; road: 2–4–0)
†December 21 game against Calgary was postponed due to a snowstorm. The game was made up on April 8.
January: 7–3–2 (home: 4–1–2; road: 3–2–0)
February: 5–8–1 (home: 4–4–0; road: 1–4–1)
March: 11–1–2 (home: 3–1–0; road: 8–0–2)
April: 3–1–0 (home: 1–1–0; road: 2–0–0)
†Makeup date for the December 21 game that was postponed.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Colorado. Stats reflect time with the Avalanche only.
‡Traded during the season.
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
|June 24, 2006||To Colorado Avalanche ----Jordan Leopold
2nd round pick in 2006
conditional round pick in 2007 or 2008
|To Calgary Flames ---- Alex Tanguay|
|November 13, 2006||To Colorado Avalanche ----2nd round pick in 2007||To Anaheim Ducks ----George Parros|
|February 27, 2007||To Colorado Avalanche ---- Michael Wall||To Anaheim Ducks ---- Brad May|
|February 27, 2007||To Colorado Avalanche ---- Scott Parker||To San Jose Sharks ---- 6th round pick in 2008|
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||NHL team||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||18||Chris Stewart (RW)||Canada||Colorado Avalanche||Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)|
|2||51||Nigel Williams (D)||United States||Colorado Avalanche||US National Team Development Program (NAHL)|
|2||59||Codey Burki (C)||Canada||Colorado Avalanche (From Calgary Flames)||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)|
|3||81||Michael Carman (C)||United States||Colorado Avalanche||US National Team Development Program (NAHL)|
|4||110||Kevin Montgomery (D)||United States||Colorado Avalanche (From Edmonton Oilers)||US National Team Development Program (NAHL)|
|7||201||Billy Sauer (G)||United States||Colorado Avalanche||University of Michigan (NCAA)|
During the season, the Avs announced that they had signed a long term deal to be the NHL affiliate of the new Cleveland expansion team beginning in 2007–08. Coincidentally, the new franchise is a reincarnation of the Utah Grizzlies franchise, which played in Denver as the Denver Grizzlies until 1995, when the Avs came to Denver.
The Sundogs began their inaugural season in the Central Hockey League.
- Player stats: Colorado Avalanche player stats on espn.com.
- Game log: Colorado Avalanche game log on espn.com.
- Team standings: NHL standings on espn.com.
- Giguere hired as new Avalanche GM, tsn.ca, May 24, 2006, accessed February 2, 2007.
- 2006 off-season transactions, proicehockey.about.com, accessed February 2, 2007.
- Dater, Adrian, More stars desert Denver, The Hockey News 2006–07 season preview, pp. 90–93.
- Frei, Terry, Avs see sellout streak get away, Denver Post, October 17, 2006.
- 2007 All Star Game box score, espn.com, accessed February 11, 2007.
- NHL Insider - Offseason Trades, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006.
- NHL Insider - Free Agent Signings, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006.
- 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed December 22, 2006.
- Coming to Ohio, CNNSI.com, December 17, 2006, accessed December 22, 2006.
|2006–07 Colorado Avalanche roster|
8 – Wolski • 12 – Richardson • 14 – Laperriere • 15 – Brunette • 19 – Sakic • 20 – Rycroft • 23 – Hejduk • 26 – Stastny • 28 – Guite • 29 – Parker • 39 – Arnason • 40 – Svatos • 53 – McLean • 87 – Turgeon