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2006–07 Colorado Avalanche · NHL
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 9th Western
2006–07 record 44–31–7
Home record 22–16–3
Road record 22–15–4
Goals for 272 (T-4th)
Goals against 251 (18th)
General Manager Francois Giguere
Coach Joel Quenneville
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Andrew Brunette
Ian Laperriere
Arena Pepsi Center
Average attendance 17,612 (13th)
Team Leaders
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)
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The 2006–07 Colorado Avalanche season was their 11th 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.[1] 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.[2]

After a decade near the top of the Western Conference standings, the Avalanche were expected to struggle to make the playoffs in 2006–07.[3] 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.[4]

Joe Sakic was the lone representative for the Avalanche at the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas. Sakic recorded four assists at the game.[5]

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.


Regular season[]

Season standings[]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
2 7 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
3 8 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
4 9 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
5 12 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 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.


Game log[]

2006–07 Game log

Player stats[]

Skaters[]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Joe Sakic 82 36 64 100 46 - - - - -
Andrew Brunette 82 27 56 83 36 - - - - -
Paul Stastny 82 28 50 78 42 - - - - -
Milan Hejduk 80 35 35 70 44 - - - - -
Wojtek Wolski 76 22 28 50 14 - - - - -
Tyler Arnason 82 16 33 49 26 - - - - -
John-Michael Liles 71 14 30 44 24 - - - - -
Brett Clark 82 10 29 39 50 - - - - -
Brett McLean 78 15 20 35 36 - - - - -
Marek Svatos 66 15 15 30 46 - - - - -
Ian Laperriere 81 8 21 29 133 - - - - -
Brad Richardson 73 14 8 22 28 - - - - -
Ken Klee 81 3 16 19 68 - - - - -
Mark Rycroft 66 6 6 12 31 - - - - -
Patrice Brisebois 33 1 10 11 22 - - - - -
Ben Guite 39 3 8 11 16 - - - - -
Karlis Skrastins 68 0 11 11 30 - - - - -
Ossi Vaananen 74 2 6 8 69 - - - - -
Pierre Turgeon 17 4 3 7 10 - - - - -
Kurt Sauer 48 0 6 6 24 - - - - -
Jordan Leopold 15 2 3 5 14 - - - - -
Jeff Finger 22 1 4 5 11 - - - - -
Antti Laaksonen 41 3 1 4 16 - - - - -
Brad May 10 0 3 3 8 - - - - -
Kyle Cumiskey 9 1 1 2 2 - - - - -
Scott Parker 10 1 1 2 6 - - - - -
Peter Budaj 57 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Cody McCormick 6 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Jose Theodore 33 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
George Parros 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Colorado. Stats reflect time with the Avalanche only.
Traded during the season.

Goaltenders[]

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 57 3198 31 16 6 143 3 .905 2.68 - - - - - - - -
Jose Theodore 33 1748 13 15 1 95 0 .891 3.26 - - - - - - - -

Transactions[]

The Avalanche were involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season.[6][7]

Trades[]

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

Free agents[]

Player Former team
Tyler Arnason Ottawa Senators
Matt Murley Pittsburgh Penguins
Mark Rycroft St. Louis Blues
Ken Klee New Jersey Devils
Player New team
Rob Blake Los Angeles Kings
Dan Hinote St. Louis Blues
Jim Dowd New Jersey Devils

Draft picks[]

Colorado's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[8]

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team (league)
1 18 Chris Stewart (RW) Flag of Canada Canada Colorado Avalanche Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
2 51 Nigel Williams (D) Flag of the United States United States Colorado Avalanche US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
2 59 Codey Burki (C) Flag of Canada Canada Colorado Avalanche
(From Calgary Flames)
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 81 Michael Carman (C) Flag of the United States United States Colorado Avalanche US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
4 110 Kevin Montgomery (D) Flag of the United States United States Colorado Avalanche
(from Edmonton Oilers)
US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
7 201 Billy Sauer (G) Flag of the United States United States Colorado Avalanche University of Michigan (NCAA)

Farm teams[]

Albany River Rats[]

The Avalanche signed a one year deal to join the Carolina Hurricanes as the NHL affiliate for the River Rats for the 2006–07 AHL season.

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.[9]

Arizona Sundogs[]

The Sundogs began their inaugural season in the Central Hockey League.

See also[]

References[]

  1. Giguere hired as new Avalanche GM, tsn.ca, May 24, 2006, accessed February 2, 2007.
  2. 2006 off-season transactions, proicehockey.about.com, accessed February 2, 2007.
  3. Dater, Adrian, More stars desert Denver, The Hockey News 2006–07 season preview, pp. 90–93.
  4. Frei, Terry, Avs see sellout streak get away, Denver Post, October 17, 2006.
  5. 2007 All Star Game box score, espn.com, accessed February 11, 2007.
  6. NHL Insider - Offseason Trades, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006.
  7. NHL Insider - Free Agent Signings, nhl.com, accessed December 2, 2006.
  8. 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed December 22, 2006.
  9. Coming to Ohio, CNNSI.com, December 17, 2006, accessed December 22, 2006.
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche roster

Goaltenders:

31 Budaj • 60 Theodore 

Defensemen

2 Klee • 3 Skrastins • 4 Liles • 5 Clark • 6 Finger • 27 Vaananen • 34 Sauer • 44 Leopold • 48 Cumiskey • 71 Brisebois 

Forwards

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 

General ManagerFrancois Giguere •  CoachJoel Quenneville



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