2007–08 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 3rd Northwest
Conference 7th Western
2007–08 record 42–30–10
Home record 21–11–9
Road record 21–19–1
Goals for 229
Goals against 227
General Manager Darryl Sutter
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Jarome Iginla
Alternate captains Owen Nolan
Robyn Regehr
Rhett Warrener
Stephane Yelle
Arena Pengrowth Saddledome
Average attendance 19,289 (100%)
Team Leaders
Goals Jarome Iginla (50)
Assists Jarome Iginla (48)
Points Jarome Iginla (98)
Penalties in minutes Dion Phaneuf (182)
Wins Miikka Kiprusoff (39)
Goals against average Mikka Kiprusoff (2.69)
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The 2007–08 Calgary Flames season began October 4, 2007. It was the franchise's 35th season in the National Hockey League, 27th season as the Calgary Flames.

In a surprise move, the Flames announced on June 14 that Jim Playfair would be replaced by "Iron" Mike Keenan as the team's head coach. Playfair remains with the Flames as an associate coach. Keenan entered the season 6th all-time in the NHL in wins. Keenan also captured the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in 1984–85 with the Philadelphia Flyers.[1] On December 16, Keenan recorded his 600th career win as a head coach in a 5–3 victory over one of his former teams, the St. Louis Blues.[2]

Al MacInnis was among four players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12, 2007. MacInnis spent 13 years in Calgary, and captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989.[3]

On November 29, captain Jarome Iginla played in his 804th game, setting a new franchise record for games played in a Flames uniform, surpassing Al MacInnis' mark. Two nights later, Iginla registered his 700th career point in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On March 10, Iginla scored his 365th goal, surpassing Theoren Fleury's mark of 364 to become the Flames' all-time goal scoring leader.[4]

In December, the Flames became the third team in NHL history to win all six games of a six-game road trip, a feat previously accomplished by the 1971–72 Bruins and 1982–83 Flyers.[5][6] The 2001–02 Red Wings also won six consecutive road games, though that trip was broken in half by the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Two Flames players were voted to start for the Western Conference at the 2008 All-Star Game. Defenceman Dion Phaneuf joined Iginla for the game, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.[7]

On February 18, Flames' prospect Mickey Renaud, a fifth round pick in the 2007 draft, collapsed and died at the age of 19 at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario. Renaud had been playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, and was the team's captain.[8] The cause of death was not immediately known.

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Northwest Division
13 Minnesota Wild 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
26 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
37 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
49 Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
511 Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88

Conference standingsEdit

Western Conference
p-Detroit Red Wings * 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
y-San Jose Sharks * 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
y-Minnesota Wild * 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
Calgary Flames 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
Edmonton Oilers 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
Vancouver Canucks 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
St. Louis Blues 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
Los Angeles Kings 82 32 43 7 231 266 71
bold - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, p - clinched Presidents' Trophy and best record in conference, * - division leader

Game logEdit

2007–08 Game log


The Flames finished 7th in the Western Conference with 94 points, earning a first round match-up against the Pacific Division champion San Jose Sharks. It is the third time the two teams have met in the playoffs, with the Sharks defeating the Flames in seven games in the first round of the 1995 playoffs, while the Flames defeated San Jose in six games in the 2004 Western Conference final.

After splitting the first two games in San Jose, the Flames gave up three goals to the Sharks in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game, but came back to win 4–3. In doing so, the Flames became only the second team in NHL history, after the 1985 Minnesota North Stars to come back from a 3–0 deficit in the first ten minutes of a playoff game.[9] During Game 6, in which the Flames faced elimination, they scored once in the first and second period each to shutout the Sharks 2–0, as the Sharks did during Game 2. Nolan and Langkow scored both goals respectively and Kiprusoff made 21 saves for his 6th postseason shutout.

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit


Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Jarome Iginla 82504898832774592-1
Kristian Huselius 81254166401070446-1
Daymond Langkow 80303565191673250E
Dion Phaneuf 821743601821273474-2
Alex Tanguay 78184058481170444-1
Matthew Lombardi 8214223667-670004-2
Adrian Aucoin 761025353713703343
Craig Conroy 7912223471670228E
Owen Nolan 7716163271673252E
Robyn Regehr 8251520791170222E
Anders Eriksson 611171836-530112E
Stephane Yelle 74391220-4720262
Dustin Boyd 4875126-11
David Moss 41471110-4511242
Wayne Primeau 43371026-371014E
Eric Nystrom 44371048-570002-2
Cory Sarich 802571352701141
Marcus Nilson 473254220000E
Mark Smith 5413459-6
Rhett Warrener 3113421-2
Eric Godard 74112171-850002E
Jim Vandermeer 2102239470004-6
David Hale 5802246E60002-1
Tim Ramholt 10000-1

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.


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
Mikka Kiprusoff 7643983926101972.9062.69733624181.9083.21
Curtis Joseph 9400320170.9062.552791010.9700.76
Curtis McElhinney 515002050.9022.00
Matt Keetley 19000001.0000.00

Awards and recordsEdit


  • 7: most games to start the season with a player scoring two goals in one game.[10]
  • 6: consecutive wins on a single road trip (tied for record).


Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Dion Phaneuf 100th NHL point October 4, 2007
Daymond Langkow 200th NHL goal
500th NHL point
October 18, 2007
Daymond Langkow 300th NHL assist October 20, 2007
Curtis McElhinney 1st NHL game October 22, 2007
Owen Nolan 1000th NHL game October 22, 2007
Eric Nystrom 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
October 30, 2007
Matt Keetley 1st NHL game November 5, 2007
Jarome Iginla 804th NHL game
(franchise record)
November 29, 2007
Tim Ramholt 1st NHL game November 29, 2007
Jarome Iginla 700th NHL point December 1, 2007
Mike Keenan 600th Coaching win December 16, 2007
Stephane Yelle 800th NHL game December 18, 2007
Owen Nolan 800th NHL point February 24, 2008
Jarome Iginla 365th NHL goal
(franchise record)
March 10, 2008


The Flames have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.


June 22, 2007
To Calgary Flames
Adrian Aucoin
7th round pick in 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Andrei Zyuzin
Steve Marr
June 22, 2007
To Calgary Flames
24th overall pick in 2007
3rd round pick in 2007
To St. Louis Blues
18th overall pick in 2007
February 20, 2008
To Calgary Flames
Jim Vandermeer
To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 2009

Free agentsEdit

Players signed Former team Contract terms
Cory Sarich Tampa Bay Lightning 5 years, $18 million
Owen Nolan Phoenix Coyotes 1 year, $2 million
Anders Eriksson Columbus Blue Jackets 2 years, $3 million
Grant Stevenson San Jose Sharks 1 year, $475,000
Mark Smith San Jose Sharks 1 year, $488,000
Curtis Joseph Phoenix Coyotes 1 year, $1.5 million
Players lost New team
Roman Hamrlik Montreal Canadiens
Byron Ritchie Vancouver Canucks
Brad Stuart Los Angeles Kings
Brad Ference Detroit Red Wings
Jamie McLennan Metallurg (RSL)
Mark Giordano Moscow Dynamo (RSL)

Draft picksEdit

Mikael Backlund Flames

Mikael Backlund was the Flames first round selection in 2007.

The Flames made five selections at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[11] Calgary selected Swedish forward Mikael Backlund with their first selection, 24th overall. Heading into the draft, Backlund was the second highest ranked European prospect, and 10th overall, by International Scouting Services.[12] Backlund joined third round selection John Negrin in making their NHL debuts with the Flames in the 2008–09 season. The Flames tragically lost their fifth round draft pick, Mickey Renaud, when the 19-year-old captain of the Windsor Spitfires collapsed and died in his home late in the 2007–08 OHL season.[13] The Ontario Hockey League created a new trophy in his honour, the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy in 2009.[14]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
124Mikael BacklundFlag of Sweden SwedenCVästerås IK (SEL)10000
370John NegrinFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDKootenay Ice (WHL)30112
4116Keith AulieFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
5143Mickey RenaudFlag of Canada.svg CanadaCWindsor Spitfires (OHL)
7186C. J. SeverynFlag of the United States United StatesLWUSA-U18 (USDL)
  • Statistics are updated to the end of the 2008–09 NHL season. Players in italics were active on an NHL roster in 2008–09.

Farm teamsEdit

Quad City FlamesEdit

After two seasons in Omaha, Nebraska, and over $4 million in operating losses, the Calgary Flames chose to relocate their American Hockey League affiliate to the Quad Cities.[15] The new team, known as the Quad City Flames, will play in the West Division of the Western Conference.

Las Vegas WranglersEdit

Led by team scoring leader Chris Ferraro, the Las Vegas Wranglers reached the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals in 2007–08 where they fell to the Cincinnati Cyclones four games to two. Head Coach Glen Gulutzan expressed the team's disappointment in losing the championship. "It's an empty feeling, and I certainly don't like to talk about it, but the only way around it for me now is to try to move forward and start looking at next year," said Gulutzan.[16]

The playoff disappointment represented a bitter end to a successful season, as the Wranglers finished first in the Pacific Division for the second consecutive season. Their 47–13–5–7 record was the best in the National Conference, and their 106 points was good enough to finish third overall in the ECHL.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. Flames name Keenan new head coach,, June 14, 2007.
  2. Board, Mike, Keenan joins elite 600–win club, Calgary Flames Hockey Club, December 16, 2007.
  3. Board, Mike, Interview with Hall-of-Fame inductee Al MacInnis,, June 29, 2007.
  4. Iginla passes Fleury in Flames' win,, March 11, 2008.
  5. Keenan rediscovers passion for coaching,, December 19, 2007.
  6. McFarlane, Steve, Road warriors complete sweep, Calgary Sun, December 19, 2007.
  7. Rosen, Dan, NHL tabs All-Star starters,, January 8, 2008.
  8. Windsor Spitfires captain Renaud dies,, February 18, 2008.
  9. Game Story: San Jose 3, Calgary 4,, April 13, 2008.
  10. Calgary Flames - News: Flames 'twos' are in the record book - 10/18/2007
  11. in Hanlon, Peter and Kelso, Sean: 2009–10 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club, 130. 
  12. ISS Top 30 for 2007 -- Final Ranking. Hockey's Future (2007-06-12). Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  13. Windsor Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud dead at 19. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2008-02-18). Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  14. Ontario Hockey League to present annual award in honour of Mickey Renaud. Ontario Hockey League (2009-02-04). Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  15. AHL: Knights are leaving for the Quad Cities, Omaha World-Herald, May 15, 2007.
  16. Dewey, Todd (June 10, 2008), Wranglers struggle to digest finals loss, Las Vegas Review-Journal, <>. Retrieved on September 24, 2008
  17. 2007–08 ECHL season, The Internet Hockey Database, <>. Retrieved on September 24, 2008

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