2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Atlantic
Conference 5th Eastern
2006–07 record 47–24–11
Home record 26–10–5
Road record 21–14–6
Goals for 277
Goals against 246
Team information
General Manager Ray Shero
Coach Michel Therrien
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Sidney Crosby
Sergei Gonchar
John LeClair (Oct-Dec)
Mark Recchi
Arena Mellon Arena
Team leaders
Goals Sidney Crosby (36)
Assists Sidney Crosby (84)
Points Sidney Crosby (120)
Penalties in minutes Jarkko Ruutu (125)
Plus/minus Jordan Staal (+6)
Wins Marc-Andre Fleury (40)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.83)
Marc-Andre Fleury
<2005–06 2007–08>

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2006–07 Season was ripe with potential, as the team featured one of the largest groups of young stars in the National Hockey League. Evgeni Malkin, the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, defected from Russia prior to the season and joined the team. He promptly became the first NHL rookie since 1917 to score goals in each of his first six games. Malkin and second-year phenom Sidney Crosby were joined by 18-year-old Jordan Staal, who made the jump directly from the Ontario Hockey League to the Penguins roster after being drafted second overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The Penguins also brought back Mark Recchi via free agency, giving Recchi his third stint with the team.

The season was clouded with uncertainty, however, about the Penguins' future in Pittsburgh. After Jim Balsillie had agreed to purchase the franchise for $175 million and to keep it in Pittsburgh, the situation seemed settled. Balsillie's deal fell through, though, in December. Isle of Capri Casinos was next to make a bid to keep the team in Pittsburgh, but their deal was nixed as well. On January 3, 2007, Penguins officials, including Mario Lemieux and other members of the team's ownership group, visited Kansas City, Missouri, to discuss potentials of relocating the team there. Other cities which reportedly have expressed interest in the franchise include Houston, Winnipeg, Portland, and Oklahoma City.[1]

On March 14, 2007, in a joint announcement by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins ownership group, it was made public that an agreement had been reached between the parties. A new state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena (the Consol Energy Center) will be built. This agreement will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for another thirty years. Following the announcement of this plan, the Lemieux ownership group announced that they no longer have plans to sell the team.

On January 9, 2007, the NHL announced that Sidney Crosby had been voted by the fans to start at forward in the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas.[2] Malkin, Staal, and defenceman Ryan Whitney were all invited to All-Star Weekend to play in the YoungStars game.[3]

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins finished the regular season having scored 94 power-play goals, the most in the League. They also had the most power-play opportunities, with 463.[4]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 New Jersey Devils 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
2 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
3 6 New York Rangers 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
4 8 New York Islanders 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
5 15 Philadelphia Flyers 82 22 48 12 214 303 56

[5]

Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Eastern Conference[6]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 P - Buffalo Sabres NE 82 53 22 7 308 242 113
2 Y - New Jersey Devils AT 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
3 Y - Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 43 28 11 246 201 97
4 X - Ottawa Senators NE 82 48 25 9 288 222 105
5 X - Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
6 X - New York Rangers AT 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
7 X - Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 44 33 5 253 261 93
8 X - New York Islanders AT 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
8.5
9 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 40 31 11 258 269 91
10 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 42 34 6 245 256 90
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 34 8 241 253 88
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 35 31 16 247 257 86
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 35 41 6 219 289 76
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 28 40 14 235 286 70
15 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 22 48 12 214 303 56
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

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


Schedule and results[edit]

2006–2007 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

Playoffs[edit]

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Eastern Conference's fifth seed. They lost to the Ottawa Senators in five games, in the conference quarter-finals. They would sweep the Senators in the playoffs the following season.

  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red indicates loss.
2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Quarter-finals vs #4 Ottawa: 1–4 (Home: 0–2 ; Road: 1–2)
# Date Visitor Score Home Decision Attendance Series Recap
1 April 11 Pittsburgh 3 – 6 Ottawa Fleury 19,611 0–1 [1]
2 April 14 Pittsburgh 4 – 3 Ottawa Fleury 20,133 1–1 [2]
3 April 15 Ottawa 4 – 2 Pittsburgh Fleury 17,132 1–2 [3]
4 April 17 Ottawa 2 – 1 Pittsburgh Fleury 17,132 1–3 [4]
5 April 19 Pittsburgh 0 – 3 Ottawa Fleury 20,179 1–4 [5]

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[10]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 67 65 3,905:28 40 16 9 184 2.83 1,954 .906 5 0 3 4
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 22 17 1,101:15 7 8 2 52 2.83 572 .909 1 0 0 0
Totals 82 5,006:43 47 24 11 236 2.83 2,526 .907 6 0 3 4
Playoffs[11]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury 5 5 286:42 1 4 0 18 3.76 150 .880 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 1 0 8:02 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 1.00 0 0 0 0
Totals 5 294:50 1 4 0 18 3.67 151 .881 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
     – Denotes league leader.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season:[12]

Trades[edit]

June 24, 2006 To Florida Panthers:
2006 fourth-round pick (#116–Derrick Lapoint)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
2007 fourth-round pick (#101–Matt Rust)
July 19, 2006[13] To Nashville Predators:
2007 third-round pick (#81–Ryan Thang)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Libor Pivko
Dominic Moore
July 20, 2006[14] To San Jose Sharks:
2007 second-round pick (#41–Kevin Marshall)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Nils Ekman
Patrick Ehelechner
December 19, 2006 To Boston Bruins:
Future considerations
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Wade Brookbank
February 27, 2007[15] To Minnesota Wild:
Dominic Moore
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
2007 third-round pick (#80–Casey Pierro-Zabotel)
February 27, 2007[15] To Phoenix Coyotes:
Daniel Carcillo
2008 third-round pick (#90–Tomas Kundratek)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Georges Laraque
February 27, 2007[15] To Florida Panthers:
2007 fourth-round pick (#101–Matt Rust)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Joel Kwiatkowski
February 27, 2007[15] To San Jose Sharks:
2007 seventh-round pick (#201–Justin Braun)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Nolan Schaefer
February 27, 2007[15] To Florida Panthers:
Noah Welch
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Gary Roberts

Player signings[edit]

Player Date Contract terms
Colby Armstrong[27] July 21, 2006 1-year contract
Brooks Orpik[28] July 23, 2006 2-year contract
Ryan Malone[29] July 28, 2006 2-year/$2.75M contract
Dominic Moore[30] August 1, 2006 2-year contract
Alain Nasreddine[31] August 2, 2006 1-year contract
Libor Pivko[32] August 2, 2006 1-year contract
Marc-Andre Fleury[33] August 5, 2006 2-year contract
Evgeni Malkin[34] September 5, 2006 3-year contract
Jordan Staal[35] October 2, 2006 3-year entry level contract
Kris Letang[35] October 2, 2006 3-year entry level contract
Mark Letestu March 22, 2007 2-year contract
Aaron Boogaard[36] April 23, 2007 3-year contract entry level contract
Jonathan D'Aversa May 25, 2007 3-year contract
Tim Wallace May 29, 2007 2-year contract
Connor James June 19, 2007 1-year contract

Other[edit]

Player Date Details
Andre Savard[37] July 3, 2006 Hired as assistant coach
Chuck Fletcher July 14, 2006 Hired as assistant GM
Eddie Johnston July 14, 2006 Hired as senior adviser of hockey operations
Gilles Meloche[38] July 26, 2006 Hired as goaltending coach
Bill O'Flaherty[39] August 24, 2006 Hired as pro scout
Chris Stewart[40] August 24, 2006 Hired as athletic trainer
Dan MacKinnon[39] August 24, 2006 Hired as pro scout
Jay Heinbuck[39] August 24, 2006 Hired as director of amateur scouting
Jim Madigan[39] August 24, 2006 Hired as amateur scout
Patrik Allvin[39] August 24, 2006 Hired as European scout
Scott Adams[40] August 24, 2006 Hired as assistant athletic trainer
Travis Ramsay[40] August 24, 2006 Hired as video coordinator
Gabriel Bouthillette[41] September 12, 2006 Released
Jeff Kryzakos[41] September 12, 2006 Released
Jim Balsillie[42] October 5, 2006 Signed a purchase agreement to buy the team
John LeClair[43] November 30, 2006 Waived
John LeClair[44] December 14, 2006 Released
David Morehouse April 4, 2007 Hired as president
Ron Porter June 4, 2007 Hired as senior consultant

Roster[edit]

Pittsburgh Penguins Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Forwards

Draft picks[edit]

Pittsburgh's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[45] The Penguins had the second overall draft pick, making the fourth consecutive draft the team had a pick in the top two: they had the first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Marc-Andre Fleury), the second overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Evgeni Malkin) and the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Sidney Crosby).

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Jordan Staal Center  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 32 Carl Sneep Defence  United States Brainerd (USHS-MN)
3 65 Brian Strait Defence  United States US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
5 125 Chad Johnson Goaltender  Canada University of Alaska Fairbanks (NCAA)
7 185 Timo Seppanen Defence  Finland HIFK (SM-liiga)
Draft notes[46]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of an August 10, 2005 trade that sent Jocelyn Thibault to the Penguins in exchange for this pick.[47]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins' sixth-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a January 18, 2006 trade that sent Eric Cairns to the Penguins in exchange for this pick.[48]

Farm teams[edit]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit]

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are Pittsburgh's top affiliate in the AHL for the 2006–07 season.

Wheeling Nailers[edit]

The Wheeling Nailers are Pittsburgh's ECHL affiliate for the 2006–07 season.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

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