2007–08 Colorado Avalanche season

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2007–08 Colorado Avalanche
Division 2nd Northwest
Conference 6th Western
2007–08 record 44–31–7
Home record 27–12–2
Road record 17–19–5
Goals for 231
Goals against 219
Team information
General Manager Francois Giguere
Coach Joel Quenneville
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Andrew Brunette
Ian Laperriere
Arena Pepsi Center
Average attendance 16,843 (93.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Milan Hejduk (29)
Assists Paul Stastny (47)
Points Paul Stastny (71)
Penalties in minutes Ian Laperriere (140)
Plus/minus Paul Stastny (+22)
Wins Jose Theodore (28)
Goals against average Jose Theodore (2.44)
<2006–07 2008–09>

The 2007–08 Colorado Avalanche season began on October 3, 2007, and ended on May 3, 2008. It was the franchise's 36th season, 29th in the National Hockey League, and 13th as the Colorado Avalanche.

Regular season[edit]

The Avalanche were the most disciplined team during the regular season, with only 301 power-play opportunities against. They also scored the fewest shorthanded goals of all 30 teams, with 2.[1]

The Avalanche warming up before a game against the Calgary Flames.

Divisional standings[edit]

Northwest Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
2 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
3 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
4 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
5 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

2007–08 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

The Avalanche clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since relocating to Denver in 1995.

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
As of 6 April 2008 [1]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Stastny 66 24 47 71 24
Andrew Brunette 82 19 40 59 14
Milan Hejduk 77 29 25 54 36
Wojtek Wolski 77 18 30 48 14
Joe Sakic 44 13 27 40 20
Ryan Smyth 55 14 23 37 50
Marek Svatos 62 26 11 37 32
John-Michael Liles 81 6 26 32 26
Tyler Arnason 70 10 21 31 16
Ruslan Salei 82 6 24 30 98
Jaroslav Hlinka 63 8 20 28 16

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); 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 TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Peter Budaj 35 1912 16 10 4 82 0 .903 2.57
Jose Theodore 53 3028 28 21 3 123 3 .910 2.44
Tyler Weiman 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

Records and milestones[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • On October 7, Joe Sakic scored twice to move past Phil Esposito into 8th place all-time in scoring.
  • On October 26, Joel Quenneville won his 400th game as a head coach, to move him into 7th place on the all-time list. Joe Sakic also picked up his 1,600th career point by providing the primary assist to Ryan Smyth's OT winner against the Flames, and Andrew Brunette picked up his 500th career point with a secondary assist to Joe Sakic's goal that put the Avs up 1–0 in the first period.
  • With a 4–2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center on November 28, the Avalanche won their 500th regular season game since their move from Quebec in 1995.
  • With a 9–5 win over St. Louis on December 9, the Avalanche reached 1,000 wins in their franchise history.
  • In a game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 22, Joe Sakic assisted on a Tyler Arnason goal for his 1,000th career assist, becoming just the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 assists.

Transactions[edit]

The Avalanche were involved in the following transactions during the season:

Trades[edit]

November 8, 2007
To Colorado Avalanche ----Jason Bacashihua To St. Louis Blues ----7th round pick in 2008 Entry Draft
January 22, 2008
To Colorado Avalanche ---- Darcy Campbell
Philippe Dupuis
To Columbus Blue Jackets ---- Mark Rycroft
February 26, 2008
To Colorado Avalanche ---- Ruslan Salei To Florida Panthers ---- Karlis Skrastins
3rd round pick in 2008
February 26, 2008
To Colorado Avalanche ---- Adam Foote To Columbus Blue Jackets ---- conditional 1st round pick in 2008 or 2009

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Scott Hannan San Jose Sharks 4 years, $18 million
Ryan Smyth New York Islanders 5 years, $31.25 million
Matt Hussey Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $475,000
Wyatt Smith Minnesota Wild 1 year, $500,000
Peter Forsberg Nashville Predators 1 year, $1.1 million
Player New team
Brett McLean Florida Panthers
Ken Klee Atlanta Thrashers
Patrice Brisebois Montreal Canadiens

Draft picks[edit]

Colorado had nine picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[2] The Avalanche picked 14th overall.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 14 Kevin Shattenkirk Defenseman  United States US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
2 45 Colby Cohen Defenseman  United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)
2 49 Trevor Cann Goalie  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 55 TJ Galiardi Wing  Canada Dartmouth College (ECAC)
4 105 Brad Malone Center/Left Wing  Canada Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
4 113 Kent Patterson Goalie  United States Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
5 135 Paul Carey Center  United States Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)
6 155 Jens Hellgren Defenseman  Sweden Frölunda Jr. (SEL)
7 195 Johan Alcen Wing  Sweden Brynäs IF (SEL)

Farm teams[edit]

Lake Erie Monsters[edit]

The Avalanche had a new American Hockey League affiliate in the Lake Erie Monsters, based in Cleveland, Ohio. The team is a revival of the Utah Grizzlies franchise that had been dormant since 2005.

Johnstown Chiefs[edit]

The Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL were the Avalanche's second-tier affiliate.

Roster[edit]

Colorado Avalanche
Goaltenders


Injured reserve Injuryicon.jpg

  • Currently vacant

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2008.html
  2. ^ 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com