2006–07 Los Angeles Kings season

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2006–07 Los Angeles Kings
Division 4th Pacific
Conference 14th Western
2006–07 record 27–41–14
Home record 16–16–9
Road record 11–25–5
Goals for 227
Goals against 283
Team information
General Manager Dean Lombardi
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Mattias Norstrom (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Rob Blake
Craig Conroy (Oct-Jan)
Aaron Miller
Scott Thornton
Arena Staples Center
Average attendance 16,859 (91.1%)
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Frolov (35)
Assists Michael Cammalleri (46)
Points Michael Cammalleri (80)
Penalties in minutes Raitis Ivanans (140)
Plus/minus Derek Armstrong (+13)
Wins Mathieu Garon (13)
Goals against average Mathieu Garon (2.66)

The 2006–07 Los Angeles Kings season was the 40th season (39th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. This season marked the beginning of a rebuilding phase, as the team hired Marc Crawford as their new head coach, the former general manager of the San Jose Sharks, Dean Lombardi, as their new GM, former NHL goaltenders Ron Hextall as assistant GM (and GM of their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs), and Bill Ranford as goaltending coach. Their first big move came when they acquired rookie prospect Patrick O'Sullivan, along with a 2006 first-round draft pick (Trevor Lewis), from the Minnesota Wild for forward Pavol Demitra on June 24, 2006.[1]

But the biggest move of the off-season for the Kings was acquiring goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2007 second-round draft pick and a 2009 conditional draft pick on July 5, 2006.[2] He was then named the team's starting goaltender ahead of Mathieu Garon, whom many fans expected to be their number-one goaltender. Before the season got underway, he was signed to a two-year contract, expecting a great performance from the former Canuck. However, at the end of December, Dan Cloutier was last in save percentage and goals against average (GAA) amongst NHL goaltenders who have played at least 12 games.

Injuries to both Garon and Cloutier in January prompted the Kings to recall Yutaka Fukufuji as an emergency goaltender, who made his NHL debut on January 13 against the St. Louis Blues, becoming the first Japanese-born player in NHL history.[3] On January 18, prior to a home game against St. Louis, the Kings claimed goaltender Sean Burke off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke would be the fifth goaltender to play for the Kings during the season (after Cloutier, Garon, Barry Brust and Fukufuji). This marked the first time the Kings have had at least five goaltenders appear during one season since the 2000–01 season (Jamie Storr, Felix Potvin, Steve Passmore, Stephane Fiset and Travis Scott).

On January 20, 2007, prior to a night-game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings officially retired Luc Robitaille's number 20 sweater. This makes him the fifth player to have his number retired by the Los Angeles Kings, along with Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky.

Regular season[edit]

The Kings struggled on the penalty kill, finishing the regular season 30th overall in penalty-kill percentage, at 77.86%.[4]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Anaheim Ducks 82 48 20 14 258 208 110
2 5 San Jose Sharks 82 51 26 5 258 199 107
3 6 Dallas Stars 82 50 25 7 226 197 107
4 14 Los Angeles Kings 82 27 41 14 227 283 68
5 15 Phoenix Coyotes 82 31 46 5 216 284 67

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.


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 6 @ Ducks 3 – 4 Cloutier 17,174 0–1–0 0
2 October 7 Blues 1 – 4 Garon 18,118 1–1–0 2
3 October 10 Islanders 2 – 4 Cloutier 14,394 2–1–0 4
4 October 12 Stars 4 – 1 Cloutier 14,167 2–2–0 4
5 October 14 Stars 4 – 1 Garon 17,052 2–3–0 4
6 October 16 Red Wings 3 – 1 Cloutier 17,417 2–4–0 4
7 October 18 Wild 1 – 2 OT Cloutier 14,617 2–4–1 5
8 October 19 @ Coyotes 4 – 0 Garon 12,714 3–4–1 7
9 October 22 Ducks 3 – 2 SO Garon 18,118 3–4–2 8
10 October 23 @ Avalanche 1 – 6 Cloutier 17,284 3–5–2 8
11 October 25 @ Wild 1 – 3 Cloutier 18,568 3–6–2 8
12 October 27 @ Blue Jackets 0 – 2 Cloutier 16,087 3–7–2 8
13 October 28 @ Stars 2 – 3 Garon 17,711 3–8–2 8
14 October 30 Rangers 1 – 4 Garon 17,236 4–8–2 10

November[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
15 November 1 Penguins 4 – 3 OT Cloutier 18,118 4–8–3 11
16 November 4 @ Coyotes 4 – 6 Garon 14,631 4–9–3 11
17 November 7 @ Avalanche 6 – 5 Cloutier 17,196 5–9–3 13
18 November 9 Sharks 7 – 3 Garon 16,618 5–10–3 13
19 November 11 Wild 3 – 2 SO Garon 17,479 5–10–4 14
20 November 13 Sharks 2 – 4 Cloutier 16,667 6–10–4 16
21 November 16 Flyers 4 – 3 Cloutier 16,446 6–11–4 16
22 November 18 Coyotes 3 – 5 Cloutier 14,487 7–11–4 18
23 November 22 @ Sharks 3 – 6 Cloutier 17,496 7–12–4 18
24 November 24 @ Stars 3 – 5 Garon 18,532 7–13–4 18
25 November 25 Flames 1 – 3 Garon 17,043 8–13–4 20
26 November 27 Devils 2 – 3 SO Garon 16,223 9–13–4 22
27 November 30 @ Coyotes 4 – 7 Brust 11,526 9–14–4 22

December[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
28 December 2 Ducks 4 – 3 Cloutier 16,141 9–15–4 22
29 December 3 @ Ducks 3 – 2 Cloutier 17,174 10–15–4 24
30 December 7 Predators 4 – 1 Cloutier 15,119 10–16–4 24
31 December 9 Avalanche 4 – 5 Cloutier 17,079 11–16–4 26
32 December 12 Sharks 3 – 1 Cloutier 15,204 11–17–4 26
33 December 14 @ Sharks 4 – 2 Brust 17,496 12–17–4 28
34 December 16 Stars 4 – 3 SO Brust 15,846 12–17–5 29
35 December 19 Flames 5 – 3 Cloutier 17,247 12–18–5 29
36 December 21 @ Blues 2 – 5 Cloutier 10,390 12–19–5 29
37 December 23 @ Predators 0 – 7 Cloutier 14,739 12–20–5 29
38 December 26 Coyotes 3 – 4 SO Brust 18,118 13–20–5 31
39 December 28 @ Oilers 7 – 4 Garon 16,839 14–20–5 33
40 December 29 @ Flames 4 – 6 Brust 19,289 14–21–5 33
41 December 31 @ Red Wings 2 – 6 Garon 20,066 14–22–5 33

January[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
42 January 3 Blue Jackets 0 – 3 Garon 16,451 15–22–5 35
43 January 6 Red Wings 2 – 4 Garon 18,118 16–22–5 37
44 January 8 Oilers 2 – 1 OT Garon 16,224 16–22–6 38
45 January 11 Sharks 5 – 2 Garon 17,054 16–23–6 38
46 January 13 @ Blues 5 – 6 Fukufuji 17,868 16–24–6 38
47 January 15 @ Stars 1 – 3 Brust 17,992 16–25–6 38
48 January 16 @ Thrashers 2 – 6 Fukufuji 13,205 16–26–6 38
49 January 18 Blues 3 – 1 Brust 16,544 16–27–6 38
50 January 20 Coyotes 3 – 2 Fukufuji 18,346 16–28–6 38
51 January 26 @ Canucks 3 – 2 OT Burke 18,630 17–28–6 40
52 January 27 @ Oilers 3 – 4 Burke 16,839 17–29–6 40
53 January 30 @ Flames 1 – 4 Burke 19,289 17–30–6 40

February[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
54 February 1 Blackhawks 3 – 2 OT Burke 16,958 17–30–7 41
55 February 3 @ Panthers 7 – 0 Burke 15,108 18–30–7 43
56 February 6 @ Lightning 2 – 3 SO Burke 18,273 18–30–8 44
57 February 8 @ Capitals 3 – 4 OT Garon 15,527 18–30–9 45
58 February 10 @ Predators 4 – 1 Burke 17,113 19–30–9 47
59 February 13 @ Hurricanes 1 – 2 Burke 15,765 19–31–9 47
60 February 17 Ducks 3 – 2 SO Garon 18,118 19–31–10 48
61 February 18 @ Ducks 4 – 3 SO Burke 17,363 20–31–10 50
62 February 22 Canucks 3 – 2 Garon 17,737 20–32–10 50
63 February 24 Avalanche 5 – 6 SO Burke 18,118 21–32–10 52

March[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
64 March 1 Ducks 3 – 4 OT Burke 17,620 22–32–10 54
65 March 3 Predators 6 – 3 Burke 16,854 22–33–10 54
66 March 6 @ Blackhawks 0 – 3 Burke 9,118 22–34–10 54
67 March 7 @ Blue Jackets 2 – 3 OT Garon 15,154 22–34–11 55
68 March 9 @ Red Wings 2 – 3 OT Burke 20,066 22–34–12 56
69 March 11 @ Stars 3 – 4 OT Burke 17,478 22–34–13 57
70 March 12 Oilers 1 – 5 Burke 16,954 23–34–13 59
71 March 15 Blackhawks 4 – 3 SO Burke 16,110 23–34–14 60
72 March 17 Blue Jackets 3 – 5 Garon 17,197 24–34–14 62
73 March 18 @ Ducks 5 – 3 Garon 17,174 25–34–14 64
74 March 21 Stars 4 – 2 Burke 17,838 25–35–14 64
75 March 23 @ Blackhawks 2 – 1 Garon 13,133 26–35–14 66
76 March 24 @ Wild 1 – 4 Garon 18,568 26–36–14 66
77 March 27 @ Sharks 1 – 3 Burke 17,496 26–37–14 66
78 March 29 Canucks 4 – 2 Burke 17,916 26–38–14 66

April[edit]

# Date Opponent Score OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
79 April 1 @ Sharks 2 – 6 Burke 17,496 26–39–14 66
80 April 3 @ Canucks 2 – 4 Garon 18,630 26–40–14 66
81 April 5 @ Coyotes 2 – 3 Burke 15,965 26–41–14 66
82 April 7 Coyotes 3 – 2 Garon 18,118 27–41–14 68

Playoffs[edit]

The Kings were eliminated from playoff contention.[5]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Cammalleri, MichaelMichael Cammalleri C 81 34 46 80 48 5 16 0 5
Frolov, AlexanderAlexander Frolov LW 82 35 36 71 34 -8 10 1 6
Kopitar, AnzeAnze Kopitar C 72 20 41 61 24 -12 7 2 1
Visnovsky, LubomirLubomir Visnovsky D 69 18 40 58 26 1 8 0 0
Brown, DustinDustin Brown LW 81 17 29 46 54 -21 13 0 1
Armstrong, DerekDerek Armstrong C 67 11 33 44 62 13 3 0 0
Blake, RobRob Blake D 72 14 20 34 82 -26 11 0 1
Avery, SeanSean Avery C 55 10 18 28 116 -10 1 1 2
Sopel, BrentBrent Sopel D 44 4 19 23 14 2 2 0 2
Kostopoulos, TomTom Kostopoulos RW 76 7 15 22 73 -2 0 0 0
Willsie, BrianBrian Willsie RW 81 11 10 21 49 -20 2 0 1
O'Sullivan, PatrickPatrick O'Sullivan C 44 5 14 19 14 -6 2 0 1
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy C 52 5 11 16 38 -13 4 0 2
Thornton, ScottScott Thornton LW 58 7 6 13 85 -15 0 1 0
Dallman, KevinKevin Dallman D 53 1 9 10 12 -13 0 0 0
Lundmark, JamieJamie Lundmark C 29 7 2 9 25 -8 0 0 0
Weaver, MikeMike Weaver D 39 3 6 9 16 -4 1 0 1
Norstrom, MattiasMattias Norstrom D 62 2 7 9 40 -20 0 0 0
Ivanans, RaitisRaitis Ivanans LW 66 4 4 8 140 -12 0 0 0
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 19 2 6 8 20 -2 1 0 0
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 82 0 8 8 60 -14 0 0 0
Modry, JaroslavJaroslav Modry D 19 0 8 8 22 1 0 0 0
Pushkarev, KonstantinKonstantin Pushkarev RW 16 2 2 4 8 -2 0 0 0
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 26 0 4 4 10 -10 0 0 0
Zeiler, JohnJohn Zeiler RW 23 1 2 3 22 -2 0 0 0
Clarke, NoahNoah Clarke LW 13 2 0 2 4 -6 0 1 0
Cowan, JeffJeff Cowan LW 21 0 2 2 32 -1 0 0 0
Harrold, PeterPeter Harrold D 12 0 2 2 8 0 0 0 0
Murray, MartyMarty Murray C 19 0 2 2 4 -5 0 0 0
McCauley, AlynAlyn McCauley C 10 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Burke, SeanSean Burke G 23 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier G 24 0 1 1 21 0 0 0 0
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon G 32 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Ward, JasonJason Ward RW 7 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Brust, BarryBarry Brust G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fukufuji, YutakaYutaka Fukufuji G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gauthier, GabeGabe Gauthier LW 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Jackman, TimTim Jackman RW 5 0 0 0 10 -1 0 0 0
Johnson, JackJack Johnson D 5 0 0 0 18 -5 0 0 0
Piskula, JoeJoe Piskula D 5 0 0 0 6 -3 0 0 0
Stephenson, ShayShay Stephenson LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tukonen, LauriLauri Tukonen RW 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 1779 32 13 10 6 79 2.66 2 849 770 .907
Burke, SeanSean Burke 1310 23 6 10 5 68 3.11 1 687 619 .901
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 1281 24 6 14 2 85 3.98 0 608 523 .860
Brust, BarryBarry Brust 486 11 2 4 1 30 3.70 0 245 215 .878
Fukufuji, YutakaYutaka Fukufuji 96 4 0 3 0 7 4.37 0 43 36 .837
Team: 4952 82 27 41 14 269 3.26 3 2432 2163 .889

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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 Kings have been involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season.

Trades[edit]

June 24, 2006 To Minnesota Wild
Pavol Demitra
To Los Angeles Kings
Patrick O'Sullivan
1st round pick in 2006
July 5, 2006 To Vancouver Canucks
2nd round pick in 2007
Conditional pick in 2009
To Los Angeles Kings
Dan Cloutier
September 29, 2006 To Carolina Hurricanes
Tim Gleason
Eric Belanger
To Los Angeles Kings
Jack Johnson
Oleg Tverdovsky
January 29, 2007 To Calgary Flames
Craig Conroy
To Los Angeles Kings
Jamie Lundmark
4th round pick in 2007
2nd round pick in 2008
February 5, 2007 To New York Rangers
Sean Avery
John Seymour
To Los Angeles Kings
Jason Ward
Marc-Andre Cliche
Jan Marek
February 26, 2007 To Vancouver Canucks
Brent Sopel
To Los Angeles Kings
2nd round pick in 2007
4th round pick in 2007
February 27, 2007 To Dallas Stars
Mattias Norstrom
Konstantin Pushkarev
3rd round pick in 2007
4th round pick in 2007
To Los Angeles Kings
Jaroslav Modry
2nd round pick in 2007
3rd round pick in 2007
1st round pick in 2008
February 27, 2007 To Washington Capitals
Conditional pick in 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
Jamie Heward
February 27, 2007 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Jason Ward
To Los Angeles Kings
5th round pick in 2007

Free agents acquired[edit]

Player Former team
D Rob Blake Colorado Avalanche
F Scott Thornton San Jose Sharks
F Alyn McCauley San Jose Sharks
F Brian Willsie Washington Capitals
D Kevin Dallman St. Louis Blues
F Raitis Ivanans Montreal Canadiens

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team
D Joe Corvo Ottawa Senators
F Mark Parrish Minnesota Wild
F Jeremy Roenick Phoenix Coyotes
D Nathan Dempsey Boston Bruins

Waivers pickups[edit]

Player Former team
G Sean Burke Tampa Bay Lightning

Lost to waivers[edit]

Player New team
D Jeff Cowan Vancouver Canucks

Draft picks[edit]

Los Angeles's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[7] The Kings had the 11th overall draft pick by lottery for the third consecutive year.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
1 11 Jonathan Bernier (G)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
1 17 Trevor Lewis (C)  United States Los Angeles Kings (from Edmonton, via Minnesota) Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
2 48 Joey Ryan (D)  United States Los Angeles Kings Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
3 74 Jeff Zatkoff (G)  United States Los Angeles Kings Miami University
3 86 Bud Holloway (C/RW)  Canada Los Angeles Kings (from Nashville) Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
4 114 Niclas Andersen (D)  Sweden Los Angeles Kings (from NY Rangers) Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)
5 134 David Meckler (C)  United States Los Angeles Kings Yale University (ECAC)
5 144 Martin Nolet (D)  Canada Los Angeles Kings (from NY Rangers) Champlain (QAAAJHL)
6 164 Constantin Braun (LW)  Denmark Los Angeles Kings Eisbaren Berlin (Germany)
7 206 Josh Meyers (D)  United States Los Angeles Kings Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
7 226 John Seymour (LW)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Brampton Battalion (OHL)

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kings get Patrick O'Sullivan nhl.com - accessed December 3, 2006.
  2. ^ Kings get Dan Cloutier nhl.com - accessed December 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Blues edge Kings in offensive contest tsn.ca - accessed January 13, 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2007.html
  5. ^ ESPN.com - accessed January 21, 2007.
  6. ^ "2006-07 Los Angeles Kings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  7. ^ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed December 3, 2006.
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings Roster

Goaltenders:

1 – Burke 31 – Garon 39 – Cloutier 

Defensemen:

3 – Miller 4 – Blake 6 – Heward 8 – Weaver 17 – Visnovsky 22 – Piskula 33 – Johnson 38 – Dallman 44 – Modry 49 – Harrold 

Forwards:

7 – Armstrong 10 – McCauley 11 – Kopitar 12 – O'Sullivan 13 – Cammalleri 15 – Lundmark 21 – Willsie 22 – Stephenson 23 – Brown 24 – Frolov 25 – Clarke 27 – Thornton 28 – Gauthier 29 – Kostopoulos 34 – Tukonen 41 – Ivanans 73 – Zeiler 

General ManagerDean Lombardi •  CoachMarc Crawford